Mar 27, 2018 / in Media Blog / 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

CisionScoop: Greatist welcomes Ashley Sepanski as its new branded content editor. Sepanski comes from where she was a web producer.

CisionScoop: Trey Williams has joined The Wrap as a film reporter focusing on the movie industry. He was previously a media and entertainment industry reporter for MarketWatch.

CisionScoop: Lynn Hicks has departed from the Des Moines Register on March 23. The former lead engagement and opinion editor has been appointed the communications director at the Iowa attorney general’s office. Hicks was the executive business editor for the Des Moines Register.

PBS NewsHour has announced several personnel changes:

  • Amna Nawaz has joined PBS NewsHour as national correspondent and will also serve as fill-in anchor. Nawaz recently completed her tenure at ABC News where she served as anchor and reporter.
  • Nick Schifrin is joining the nightly broadcast as foreign affairs and defense correspondent. A former PBS special correspondent, Schifrin has served as an international correspondent for NPR, Al Jazeera America and ABC News.
  • Judy Woodruff has been named solo anchor of PBS NewsHour. She has been co-anchoring PBS NewsHour since 2013, and prior to that served as senior correspondent.

ABC News has brought in Whit Johnson as a New York correspondent. The Emmy award-winning reporter was previously a co-anchor and reporter at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles, California.

Lauren Goode is now a senior gear writer for Wired. Goode was most recently a senior editor for The Verge, and had also been a managing editor for Re/code overseeing review products coverage.

The Washington Post has announced Travis Andrews will be moving to the features section on April 2 and become a pop culture reporter. Andrews is currently wrapping up his time as Morning Mix reporter at WaPo.

Cory Johnson has decamped from Bloomberg Television. The longtime host will be joining Ripple as a chief market strategist. Johnson initially joined Bloomberg at the San Francisco bureau in 2010.

USA Today is bidding Greg Toppo farewell. Starting on April 2, he will be a senior editor at Inside Higher Ed. Toppo was a national education reporter for USA Today and is the author of The Game Believes in You: How Games Can Make Our Kids Smarter.

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