Washington Post loses polling director Jon Cohen to Pew Research Center

Jon Cohen

Jon Cohen

Washington Post polling director Jon Cohen has been named Pew Research Center vice president-research. A Post memo says:

“As all of us know, there is enormous admiration and affection for Jon in this newsroom. He is supremely dedicated to our mission and to his colleagues. His standards are high. His work is rigorous in every detail. He is collaborative at every turn.”

Date: July 18, 2013, 11:01:37 AM EDT
To: NEWS – All Newsroom
Subject: Staff News: Jon Cohen

We regret to announce that Jon Cohen, who has led polling at The Post for seven years, will be leaving us to join the Pew Research Center as Vice President-Research./CONTINUES

As all of us know, there is enormous admiration and affection for Jon in this newsroom. He is supremely dedicated to our mission and to his colleagues. His standards are high. His work is rigorous in every detail. He is collaborative at every turn.

Pew has made a good choice, and we suffer a great loss.

Fortunately, Jon will stay with us until September 5 to help with the transition. As we work that out, we’ll keep you informed.

Most recently, Jon has been heading up Capital Insight as its general manager and polling director. This venture has allowed Jon and his team to offer their polling expertise not just to The Post but to other clients as well. Before joining The Post, Jon was assistant director of polling at ABC News.

Those who have worked closely with Jon in the high-pressure environment of elections recognize how much we gain from his experience, counsel, and collegiality. He has a remarkable record of accuracy, and his judgment is impeccable. He also has set soaring ambitions for our surveys. The Post has published some of the most distinctive polling anywhere, across a wide range of subjects.

That’s why we’ll miss him. We’ll toast his achievements and wish him well closer to his departure date. Meantime, please offer him your thanks for being an outstanding colleague and friend.

Marty
Kevin

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