Aug 07, 2017 / by Cision Media Research

Cision’s research department makes over 20,000 media updates to our influencer database each day! Here are the latest moves to keep your media lists up to date and on point. All CisionScoops reflect original reporting from the Media Research team; if you have a scoop, send it to


  • CisionScoopChristopher Werth has left his role as senior producer of Freakonomics on WNYC Radio to edit and produce The Daily at The New York Times. Werth has also previously worked for the Los Angeles Times and Newsweek.
  • CisionScoop: Chloe Metzger is the new digital beauty editor at Marie Claire. She replaces Lauren Valenti. Metzer comes into the role from Stylecaster where she served as beauty editor since August 2016. Prior to that, she worked for Allure as an associate editor.
  • MTV’s Total Request Live (TRL) show will be making a comeback this October. The rebooted show will feature rotating hosts Lawrence Jackson, Tamara Dhia, Erik Zachary,  D.C. Young Fly and Amy Pham. The original show ran from 1998 to 2008, and incorporated audience requests. The new version will integrate digital content and segments across social media platforms.
  • The Associated Press has named three new deputy Washington bureau chiefs. In this position, they will be leading the AP’s coverage of American politics and the U.S. government.
    • J. David Ake was promoted to deputy bureau chief of visual journalism and presentation; he was most recently the assistant bureau chief of photography at the bureau.
    • Kathleen Hennessey was promoted to deputy bureau chief for newsgathering with a focus on the White House, Congress and politics; she was most recently a White House news editor at the bureau since December 2016, and a White House reporter before that. Nancy Benac has been named interim White House editor for the bureau in place of Hennesssey.
    • Elizabeth Kennedy has joined the D.C. bureau as deputy bureau chief of newsgathering with a focus on national security, the Trump-Russia team, law enforcement and legal beats.
  • Chris Plante has swapped roles at Vox Media. He recently left his role as culture editor for The Verge, to rejoin Polygon as executive editor, effective July. Plante co-launched the site in 2012 and served as editor at large for two years. He had joined The Verge as senior editor covering video games and technology in October 2014.
  • Ross Miller has left The Verge to join Polygon as its first director of programming. He was with The Verge since 2011 serving first as a senior editor and then being promoted to managing editor in 2015. He has previously served in editor positions with Engadget and Joystiq.
  • Ray Rivera has been named deputy managing editor for investigations and enterprise at The Seattle Times, effective September 8. He is currently editor for the Santa Fe New Mexican, where he has been since August 2013. His replacement has not yet been named. Rivera has previously served as a reporter for The New York Times, The Washington Post and even worked at The Seattle Times back in the early 2000s.
  • Ruben Villaescusa comes out of retirement to join Seattle’s NBC affiliate KING-TV August 7 as its executive producer. He retired from Fox’s LA station KTTV after 23 years back in January, where he served in a number of roles including writer, producer, assignment editor and assistant news director.
  • KARE-TV reporter Jay Olstad says farewell to the station. Olstad has been a reporter for the station since 2011. He previously served as a reporter for Milwaukee’s WTMJ-TV and Green Bay’s WLUK-TV.


Most Recent Posts

Cision Blogs Topics

  • Communications Best Practices

    Get the latest updates on PR, communications and marketing best practices.

  • Cision Product News

    Keep up with everything Cision. Check here for the most current product news.

  • Executive Insights

    Thought leadership and communications strategy for the C-suite written by the C-suite.

  • Media Blog

    A blog for and about the media featuring trends, tips, tools, media moves and more.

Subscribe to the Cision Blog

Don't miss an article!

About Cision Media Research

The Cision Media Research Team maintains a database of more than 1.6 million records​, including social influencers, traditional media contacts, outlets and opportunities. We collect and maintain the latest contact and pitching information of bloggers and journalists who can spread your message, broaden your campaign and help you build relationships with the people who matter. Follow us at @Media_Moves