Tina Brown poaches New Republic senior editor Michelle Cottle

Cottle is the fourth major recruitment made this week by Brown after the Daily Beast and Newsweek ag

Michelle Cottle, senior editor of the New Republic, is deserting the paper after more than ten years to join Tina Brown's Newsweek/The Daily Beast.

Cottle will serve as a reporter in Howard Kurtz's Washington bureau. Kurtz himself defected to Tina Brown's camp recently from the Washington Post. He was media columnist at the newspaper's 'Style' section.

Michelle Cottle is the fourth major recruitment made this week by Tina Brown after the Daily Beast and Newsweek agreed to combine operations under her stewardship.

Besides Howard Kurtz, the Washington Post lost two other senior editors to Newsweek, which was owned by it until August, when chairman Don Graham sold Newsweek to industrialist and philanthropist Sid Harman.

Earlier, Tina Brown poached Robin Givhan, a 15-year veteran at the Washington Post, and a Pulitzer Prize winner for fashion criticism, to make her special correspondent for style and culture in the reconstituted Newsweek.

Art critic Blake Gopnik also quit the 'Style' section of the paper and will relocate to Newsweek's New York office as an Arts special correspondent.