May 09, 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: Former Hollywood Life staffer, Lauren Cox, has joined Romper as senior news and entertainment editor. Cox spent almost four  years at Hollywood Life, most recently as senior entertainment editor. Prior to that, she wrote for Just Jared. Romper is the family and parenting arm of Bustle Digital Group, and is geared toward Millennial moms. 

CisionScoop: The Detroit News has hired reporter Beth LeBlanc to cover state government and state politics out of the paper's Lansing bureau. LeBlanc comes from the Lansing State Journal where she spent the last two years as a reporter. Prior to that, she wrote for the Times Herald.  

James Moroney, the longtime president, CEO and publisher of the Dallas Morning News will retire from the paper effective mid-May; he has been at the helm since 2001. Replacing him as publisher and CEO is Moroney's predecessor,  Robert W. Decherd, who was previously leading the daily for almost four decades. 

Birmingham, Alabama CBS affiliate, WIAT-TV, has parted ways with Mark Prater, chief meteorologist at the station. Prater has has been with WAIT since 2008, and became chief meteorologist in 2010. He began his career with TSU-TV in Troy, Alabama, and moved to the Birmingham market in 1994 to join WBRC-TV.

Stephanie D. Lopez joined the morning news team of WFXG-TV, the FOX affiliate at Augusta, Georgia. She co-anchors the morning segment alongside C.E. Huffman and Jay Jefferies. Lopez comes from the Raleigh-Durham market and WTVD-TV, where she spent the last three years as an investigative reporter. 

New York Metro Parent has welcomed Melissa Wickes as assistant editor. She oversees editorial content for and produce news, travel, and family activity-focused articles. Wickes was previously a freelancer writer for Davler Media Group, owner of New York Metro Parent properties. 


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