Herald's Ross jumps to Globe--updated!

Big loss for the Boston Herald: Casey Ross, who's done a fine job covering the State House for the past year and half, is leaving that paper to join the Globe.

The Herald-to-Globe path is pretty well worn: current Globe staffers who've followed it include metro columnist Kevin Cullen, magazine writer Charlie Pierce, and legal reporter Shelley Murphy. That said, given the Herald's already-anemic staffing--and the lingering effects of Tomase-gate--this is a real setback for the tabloid.

UPDATE: Caleb Solomon, the Globe's managing editor for news, says Ross "will be covering commercial real estate and the nexus of business and politics"--which suggests he'll be a sort of Tom Palmer-Steve Bailey hybrid. "It's a great job, and he's really well suited to it," Solmon adds. Also, Boston Daily's Amy Derjue reports that Hillary Chabot will replace Ross as the Herald's State House bureau chief.

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