Dec 08, 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

  • CisionScoopRachel Brody, formerly associate editor for the opinion page at U.S. News & World Report, is now deputy opinion editor at Newsweek. In her new role, Brody will be covering politics, policy, world news, healthcare, culture and education.
  • Reuters has appointed Stephen Farrell as the Jerusalem bureau chief, where he will be leading coverage of Israel and the Palestinian territories. Farrell is currently still with The New York Times. He has been with NYT since 2009, where he has worked as a foreign correspondent, metro reporter and a senior staff editor. He is expected to move to Reuters in early 2018. h/t Talking Biz News
  • The New York Times is welcoming some new faces, and upping current staff members:
    • Selam Gebrekidan will be joining NYT from Reuters, where she is an enterprise reporter based in London. Gebrekidan will remain in London for her new investigative reporting position.
    • Michael Schwirtz is moving into an investigative reporter position. Schwirtz started his career at NTY in 2006 as a researcher in the Moscow Bureau, before moving on to metro reporting. He will be based at the United Nations.
    • Freelancer Jeff Mays officially joins NYT as a full-time reporter, covering City Hall and politics. Previously, Mays was a reporter at DNAinfo. During his time there, he covered local, state and national politics. 
    • Luis Ferré-Sadurní has been promoted to reporter from Scotty Reston Reporting Fellow. Ferré-Sadurní  joined NYT in June, and prior to that served as senior reporter for The Daily Pennsylvanian.
    • Ali Watkins, who covered intelligence and national security for Politico, will begin covering national security for NYT. She was previously with BuzzFeed and The Huffington Post as a a national security reporter. Watkins will be starting in her new role Dec. 18.
  • Longtime CNN En Español anchor Patricia Janiot is heading to Univision as an anchor of Noticiero Univision Edicion Nocturna. Prior to joining CNN, Janiot was an anchor for Univision Los Angeles. She is expected to return to Univision in early January.
  • Lilly Workneh departs from HuffPost, where she was senior editor of the Black Voices vertical. Before joining HuffPost, Workneh was the lifestyle editor for the, a reporter for PEOPLE and the editor in chief of InfUSion Magazine. She has yet to announce her next role.
  • After 17 years with Barron’s magazine, Dimitra DeFotis has accepted a buyout, and will be departing from the publication. DeFotis has been with Barron’s since 2000, where she started as a staff writer. She then moved on to become a senior editor and blogger for Emerging Markets Daily. DeFotis expects to continue writing about all forms of assets, energy, commodities, emerging markets and the global economy.
  • Megan Colarossi has been named the new co-host of Good Day L.A. on KTTV-TV. She replaces Maria Sansone. Colarossi comes from A&E Network’s The Way Home, where she was also a co-host. She was previously a daily panelist on The Meredith Vieira Show.
  • American Public Media’s The Dinner Party Download had its last broadcast Dec. 1. The show has no current home, but podcast information is forthcoming. The Dinner Party Download was a weekly national public radio show that covered film, TV, music, books, food and alcoholic beverages. The show was on air at American Public Media for six years.

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