Jim VandeHei, the chief executive of political website Politico, will exit his position earlier than planned, according to a report in The Washington Post.
An earlier plan was for VandeHei to stay on through the November 2016 election. The upheaval began with a disagreement over strategy, editorial direction and pay between VandeHei and Robert L. Allbritton, Politico's co-founder and chairman, said the Post.
Other executive staff members will also leave the site, including Kim Kingsley, Politico's chief operating officer. Politico Playbook columnist Mike Allen and Susan Glasser are staying until November. They were part of a team that launched the site in 2007.
The site is still looking at candidates to fill the positions. The moves appear to have had little effect on the site's performance. The site reported traffic is on the rise, showing a 38-percent increase since January, and a 112-percent rise since last year.
The site has received compliments for its work from President Obama, including a Politico report
that fact-checked Donald Trump's claims.
Politico's "Off Message" program is a podcast that features political interviews, including one with the president. VandeHei and Allen are launching a new venture focused on news, the Post reported.
A former Politico employee sized up the exits of VandeHei and staff in a report on CNN Money,
calling it "the end of an era."
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