Following the issuance of a new-hire memo last fall from Politico brass, a staffer at the Rosslyn-based outlet e-mailed the Erik Wemple Blog: “Oh great, another Ivy Leaguer who writes think pieces.”

Such snickering wasn’t particularly malicious. “I’ve heard people talk about it, but it seems more like a running inside joke than a serious gripe,” says another Politico staffer.

The Ivy chatter centers on Susan Glasser, Politico’s editor and Harvard University graduate. From her time as the top editor of Politico Magazine through her ascension last fall to editor of Politico-writ-large, Glasser has brought on board or promoted a number of Ivy grads: Senior staff writer Michael Grunwald and magazine editor Garrett Graff (both Harvard); senior foreign affairs correspondent Michael Crowley, editorial director Blake Hounshell, Politico Magazine associate editors Margaret Slattery and Elizabeth Ralph and Agenda editor Steve Heuser (all Yale); reporter Ben Schreckinger (Brown); reporter Gabriel Debenedetti (Princeton); reporter Adam Lerner (Cornell); Politico Magazine web producer Katelyn Fossett (Columbia) and Executive Editor Peter Canellos (Penn; Columbia law degree).

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So Politico insiders took note yesterday when Glasser sent around an early-morning memo touting the promotion of Sarah Wheaton from the site’s health team to its White House team. “Sarah has had a rock-star tenure on health since joining POLITICO last year from the New York Times Washington bureau, where she worked as a researcher and news assistant after graduating from Harvard,” wrote Glasser.*

Wheaton is actually a product of George Washington University. Questions for Glasser on this weighty matter were declined through a spokeswoman, though it appears that she corrected the wish-fulfillment typo. (Disclosure: There’s no shortage of ivy on the walls of the Washington Post’s Opinions section, although the Erik Wemple Blog graduated from Hamilton College.)

*Wheaton’s last job title at the New York Times was senior staff editor/senior web producer.

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