Jan 19, 2017 / by Camille Sheehan

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 Communications 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.

Note: Cision is politically unaffiliated and does not endorse any political parties, platforms, campaigns or candidates.

Top 25 News Influencers:

1. Greg HinzCrain’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 BrantleyArkansas Times

Brantley is a Senior Editor. Covers Little Rock, AS with an emphasis on politics. Also writes a weekly column.

3. Betsy RothsteinThe 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 HermannThe Washington Post

Hermann is a Crime Reporter for The Washington (D.C.) Post.

6. Kurt EichenwaldNewsweek

Eichenwald is a Senior Writer for Newsweek.

7. Dan BalzThe 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 RobertsThe Washington Post

Roberts is a Features Writer for the Style section covering the wealthy and influential people for The Washington Post.

9. Darrel RowlandThe 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 DeckerThe Los Angeles Times

Decker is a Politics Columnist for the Los Angeles Times, covering California Politics.

11. Ray KellyThe 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 HarperThe 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 ShesgreenThe 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 BauderAssociated Press

Bauder is an Entertainment Reporter covering the Television Industry as well as Music for the Associated Press in New York.

19. Brian NaylorNPR/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 JacksonChicago Tribune

Jackson is an Investigative Reporter for the Chicago Tribune.

21. Jonathan SalantNJ.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 HampsonUSA Today

Hampson is a National Reporter for USA Today in New York, NY.

23. Mark ShanahanThe 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 TinsleyFort 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 NoveckAssociated Press

Noveck is a National Features Reporter covering Culture, as well as Fashion and Film Reviews for the Associated Press in New York.


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About Camille Sheehan

Camille Sheehan is a PR associate for Cision, where she has worked since 2014. While attending the University of Maryland, she worked as a public affairs intern at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in Washington, D.C. With a background in communication and public relations, she loves keeping up to date with the latest trends and breaking global news. In her free time, you can find Camille listening to country music, eating tacos, sampling Irish whiskeys or snapping photos outdoors on her DSLR. Find her on Twitter @CSheehanPR.