According to FishbowlDC and the Twitter machines it looks like Shira Toeplitz is heading back to Roll Call.
We asked Shira for a comment and the NFL lockout couldn’t keep the trash talk away:
“I really appreciated the opportunity to work at POLITICO, but after my beloved Steelers lost the Super Bowl, I just didn’t feel right working in a newsroom run by a Green Bay Packers fan.”
“OK, just kidding. In all seriousness, I’m excited to be headed home to Roll Call, where I will be writing column on redistricting and taking a leading role covering the presidential elections.”
Toeplitz joins Steve Peoples, Christina Bellantoni and David Drucker to fill out Roll Call’s 2012 team.
The internal memo from Roll Call Editor Scott Montgomery:
We are delighted to announce that Shira Toeplitz will be returning to Roll Call as a senior leader on our politics team.
Before she left in May 2010, Shira was a top contributor in breaking news and a regular competitor for space on Page 1. She owned the beat covering the political consultant world as our Shop Talk columnist and was a pioneer in using social media to distribute her work and extend the reach of Roll Call’s name.
Shira spent the last year at Politico, where she covered House and Senate races through 2010 and most recently has been part of their Senate team.
With her return, Shira will take the lead on Roll Call’s redistricting coverage and join the politics team handling House and Senate races in a wide portfolio of states.
She also will play a pivotal role by covering the Iowa caucuses, joining Steve Peoples, who is covering the New Hampshire primaries. This marks the formal launch of our 2012 election plan, which includes David Drucker, who from his spot in the Senate will specialize in the development of the GOP field as a whole. Christina Bellantoni, who traveled extensively while covering the 2008 campaign, will anchor the team as both an editor and writer with a focus on President Obama’s re-election effort.
Our 2012 coverage will require contributions from across the newsroom, but this core group will take the lead and track the next presidential election to give our readers more expansive coverage than we’ve ever offered.
Please join us in welcoming Shira back to Roll Call. Her first day back will be April 4.
Scott and Lauren
Editor, Roll Call