The New York Times Company is dedicating additional financial resources to the podcast The Daily. The show has hired Dave Shaw to become a senior audio editor and the first Washington-based dedicated staff member for the top-ranked podcast. Lisa Tobin, executive producer of audio, and Elisabeth Bumiller, the Times’ Washington bureau chief, said in a joint announcement that multiple episodes of The Daily are generated from Washington-based reporters and they see possibilities for even greater collaboration once the podcast has its own staff member there.
Shaw most recently worked at Politico since Jan. 2018 as an executive producer and head of Politico Audio, where he managed a team of producers that make the eight shows for the news site. Prior to that, Shaw worked from 2016 to 2018 as an executive producer in the E. W. Scripps Washington bureau where he worked on audio content, such as the First Day Back podcast. Shaw started in audio working for the syndicated public radio show “Marketplace” as chief of its Washington bureau from 2013 to 2016. He also did a stint as a copy editor on the New York Times’ Sports desk in 2013. And his wife, Katie Zezima, spent several years as a national correspondent for The Times in Boston before joining The Washington Post.
“We can think of no better person for the job than Dave,” Tobin and Bumiller said in the joint announcement. “He brings years of traditional newsroom experience and time spent covering politics and government, but he’s also been a leader in the podcast space — helping to push many organizations, both audio- and print-first, to invest in the medium and to develop new programming and podcasts.”
The Daily has previously leaned on Mikayla Bouchard, an assistant editor in Washington, who acted as a go-between for the podcast and the bureau during the past three years.