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Todd Tapped As Political Director, NBC News

NBC has named a Web journalist to head up its political coverage as the presidential race begins to heat up.

Chuck Todd, Editor-in-Chief of National Journal's "Hotline"  daily has joined NBC News as political director as of March 12. He is replacing Elizabeth Wilner , who is exiting, though there will be some overlap.

In addition, Todd will be an analyst for Nightly News, Today, Meet the Press and MSNCB, including Hardball.

Todd, based in Washington, will also be featured online in a weekly column for MSNBC.com and will edit NBC's online "First Read" guide to Washington issues.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.