Yahoo's hiring of Oliver Knox as its first White House correspondent points to the company's growing aspirations as a producer of original news content beyond the massive aggregation system it already has in place.
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Knox, who spent the last 10 years covering both the U.S. Congress and the White House for Agence France-Press, will report to politics editor Chris Suellentrop, who joined Yahoo from The New York Times Magazine last summer. Last fall, Yahoo hired a handful of veterans to beef up its news operation, its blog, the Cutline, reminds us on Wednesday: "Washington D.C. bureau chief David Chalian, managing editor Hillary Frey, head of strategy and development Guy Vidra , and executive producer (elections) Steve Chaggaris" all joined. And with Knox, they'll get their own seat in the White House briefing room.
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