WASHINGTON, D.C.—Burson-Marsteller has appointed John Mercurio as a director in its media practice. Mercurio is known as an expert on national politics, campaigns and Capitol Hill and brings nearly 20 years of experience to his new position. He will be based in Washington, DC and will report to Burson-Marsteller executive vice president worldwide Josh Gottheimer, who also chairs the firm's U.S. media practice.
Mercurio was most recently executive editor of The National Journal’s Hotline, a daily online source on American politics, where he also wrote a widely read, weekly column on politics called “PolitiScope" for the National Journal's website. This column featured Mercurio’s perspective and reporting on current political issues. During his tenure at The Hotline, he was a regular on a wide range of Washington-based TV news shows including, C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal," CNN, MSNBC, FOX, CBS, and NBC.
Prior to joining The Hotline, Mercurio was CNN’s Political Editor from 2002 to 2005, managing the network’s political reporting and providing on-air analysis for the CNN News Group (CNN-Domestic, CNN-International and CNN-Headline News).
Before joining CNN, Mercurio was a senior political reporter for Roll Call and the Washington Times.