Megyn Kelly, Anderson Cooper and Rachel Maddow are some of the top names in political news coverage today. Although it would be ideal to engage with these journalists, chances are you won’t be able get their attention. Instead of targeting only a handful of the most popular names, there are thousands of other journalists you can create relationships with that are reporting on similar topics. Using the Cision Communication Cloud™’s Influencer Search, you can identify influencers discussing key topics that are important to your brand. To demonstrate this, we used the new cloud to discover the top inauguration media influencers you might not know about.
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Top 25 News Influencers:
1. Greg Hinz – Crain’s Chicago Business
Hinz is a Columnist, Blogger and Political Writer at Crain’s Chicago Business. He covers Local Government and Politics, from City Hall and the Illinois General Assembly to the Chicago Board of Education.
2. Max Brantley – Arkansas Times
Brantley is a Senior Editor. Covers Little Rock, AS with an emphasis on politics. Also writes a weekly column.
3. Betsy Rothstein – The Mirror at Daily Caller
Rothstein is the Editor of The Daily Caller’s The Mirror Blog covering Politics and the Media Industry.
4. Bridget Foley – Women’s Wear Daily
Foley is the Executive Editor.
5. Peter Hermann – The Washington Post
Hermann is a Crime Reporter for The Washington (D.C.) Post.
6. Kurt Eichenwald – Newsweek
Eichenwald is a Senior Writer for Newsweek.
7. Dan Balz – The Washington Post
Balz is a Chief Correspondent covering Politics for the National section at The Washington (D.C.) Post. He is also a Panelist for the PBS show Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal.
8. Roxanne Roberts – The Washington Post
Roberts is a Features Writer for the Style section covering the wealthy and influential people for The Washington Post.
9. Darrel Rowland – The Columbus Dispatch
Rowland is the Public Affairs Editor at The Columbus (OH) Dispatch, overseeing State Politics and Government coverage and Blogger for the Daily Briefing.
10. Cathleen Decker – The Los Angeles Times
Decker is a Politics Columnist for the Los Angeles Times, covering California Politics.
11. Ray Kelly – The Republican
Kelly is the Assistant Managing Editor overseeing Arts & Entertainment, Travel, and Movies as well as the Weekend, Leisure and Food sections, including Calendar and Local Entertainment Listings.
12. Debbie Lord – Cox Media Group/Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Lord is a National Digital Content Reporter for the Cox Media Group and contributes to the Palm Beach Post and Atlanta Journal-Constitution websites.
13. Jennifer Harper – The Washington Times
Harper is a Political Reporter and a Political Columnist for Washington Times. She is also a Blogger at Inside Politics and the Water Cooler blog.
14. Deborah Simmons – The Washington Times
Simmons is a Senior Correspondent for the Washington (D.C.) Times. She covers a breadth of topics, but focuses on politics, education, sports, and culture.
15. Deirdre Shesgreen – The Springfield News-Leader
Shesgreen is a Correspondent for Gannett Washington, covering Federal Government, Politics and the Supreme Court, and serving as Washington Correspondent for Gannett’s Ohio and Missouri Newspapers, including the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Springfield (MO) News-Leader.
16. Stephen Koff – The Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com
Koff is the Washington Bureau Chief for Cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, overseeing coverage of the White House, Congress and National Politics and Government.
17. Stephen Dinan – The Washington Times
Dinan is the Deputy Assistant Managing Editor for Politics and the Congressional Bureau Chief. He covers politics, elections, policy, federal government.
18. David Bauder – Associated Press
Bauder is an Entertainment Reporter covering the Television Industry as well as Music for the Associated Press in New York.
19. Brian Naylor – NPR/National Public Radio
Naylor is a Washington Desk Correspondent. He also contributes to All Tech Considered. He covers political and federal agency topics.
20. David Jackson – Chicago Tribune
Jackson is an Investigative Reporter for the Chicago Tribune.
21. Jonathan Salant – NJ.com
Salant is a Washington Correspondent for NJ.com and NJ Advance Media overseeing Politics. Jonathan covers Washington, D.C. for NJ.com and The Star Ledger.
22. Rick Hampson – USA Today
Hampson is a National Reporter for USA Today in New York, NY.
23. Mark Shanahan – The Boston Globe
Shanahan is a Lifestyle Reporter for The Boston Globe and additionally contributes to the Names & Faces column, which contains local news on well-known Personalities and Celebrities.
24. Anna Tinsley – Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Tinsley is a Senior Reporter for the Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram and a Blogger for PoliTex, covering Politics and Government at the Local, State and Federal level, as well as localizing National and International News, also covering Human Trafficking.
25. Jocelyn Noveck – Associated Press
Noveck is a National Features Reporter covering Culture, as well as Fashion and Film Reviews for the Associated Press in New York.