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POLITICO has announced its new White House team:

  • Laura Barrón-López is now a correspondent and will spend considerable time on Capitol Hill and at the White House focusing on the power dynamics between the two. 
  • Natasha Bertrand will cover national security through a White House lens, tracking the National Security Council and the broader making of U.S. foreign policy and national security.
  • Chris Cadelago is now a White House correspondent and previously covered Kamala Harris and Joe Biden during the campaign.
  • Natasha Korecki will cover the broad arc of the Biden presidency and his inner circle. She is based in Chicago.
  • Anita Kumar returns to the White House beat as a correspondent and associate editor. She’ll have sub-beats on immigration, ethics and the counsel’s office.
  • Tyler Pager has joined the staff as White House correspondent from Bloomberg News. He will focus on internal West Wing dynamics and will also play a leading role in coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, working closely with the health team.
  • Alex Thompson is now a White House reporter and will continue to helm the Transition Playbook newsletter.

Jillian Maxwell has been appointed chief revenue officer and executive vice-president of Grazia USA. In her new role she will collaborate with editor in chief David Thielebeule as they work on a 400-page quarterly print edition, a data-driven digital platform, graziamagazine.com, and a wide variety of other brand extensions – including digital video, television, podcast, live events, branded content, social media, newsletters, and affiliate marketing. Maxwell most recently served as the executive director of International Fashion at WSJ. Magazine. Prior to that, she was brand director of WSJ. Magazine’s founding team, where she helped create its signature platform, WSJ. Innovators, and established the magazine’s global business strategy. 

Darla Mercado is the new markets editor at CNBC Digital. Her promotion comes more than four years after she joined the network as a personal finance reporter. Prior to that, Mercado spent eight years at Crain's Investment News and reported in retirement, life insurance, tax planning and other topics.

The Washington Post has also announced its new White House team:

  • Ashley Parker has been named White House bureau chief. She spent the past four years covering the Trump presidency as a reporter.
  • Anne Gearan will remain a White House correspondent with a focus on foreign policy.
  • Annie Linskey has joined the White House team after covering the 2020 campaign. She will focus on the relationship between the White House and key forces in Democratic and Republican politics seeking to influence the new president, from labor unions and civil rights groups to Wall Street and small-business advocates.
  • Sean Sullivan has joined the White House team and will report on how President Biden navigates the influence of the Sanders movement and others on the Democratic Party’s left.
  • Matt Viser has joined the White House team and will focus on the Biden presidency in full, casting a narrative eye on the man in the Oval Office as well as his friends, close advisers and family.
  • Cleve R. Wootson Jr. has joined the White House team and will report on the historically significant tenure of Vice President Kamala D. Harris while also exploring how Biden deals with far-right extremism and seeking to break news on the White House more broadly.
  • Philip Rucker is now senior Washington correspondent. He will write narratives about politics, policy and the people driving both as Washington confronts historic crises, often collaborating with reporters across the National staff.
  • David Nakamura has taken on a newly created beat at the Justice Department focused on civil rights. He has previously covered the White House under Barack Obama and Trump.
  • Toluse Olorunnipa has joined the national political investigations team and will focus on holding the federal government accountable for its policies, practices, and spending.

TIME magazine has re-assigned staff writer Abby Vesouils to a new beat -- economic policy, the Treasury, and labor.  She most recently covered politics out of the magazine's D.C. bureau and has been on staff since 2018.

Lachlan Markay has joined Axios as political reporter covering campaign finance and political influence. He was most recently an investigative reporter at The Daily Beats and before that spent four years as a staff writer at the Washington Free Beacon. Markay has also reported for The Heritage Foundation.

Adweek has hired Mollie Cahillane as a reporter covering convergent television. She spent the past three years as an associate editor at CableFix and before that served as a reporter for the Daily Mail online and the Irish Daily Mail.

Lindsay Rittenhouse has joined Business Insider as a reporter on the Advertising and Media team. She was most recently an agency reporter at Ad Age and before that spent a couple of years at Adweek as a staff writer. She has also written for The Deal and TheStreet.

The Commercial Observer has added Andrew Coen as real estate finance reporter. He was most recently a reporter for The Bond Buyer in New York and reported on latest public finance developments in the Northeast region involving state and local governments, colleges, and healthcare systems. Prior to that, Coen freelanced for Newsday Media Group for four years.

The New York Times has tapped Eric Kim and Yewande Komolafe as cooking writers. They both will develop original recipes, adapt ones that come out of NYT Cooking's reporting, write stories about home cooking and share tips through the Food report, NYT Cooking, video and social media. Komolafe is a cooking stylist and has also previously written for NYT Cooking. Kim has previously developed recipes and written stories for Saveur, Food & Wine, The Washington Post and others.

David Carrillo Peñaloza has joined the News Desk of the Los Angeles Times as a multiplatform editor. He helps coordinate breaking news and special projects and edits the homepage. Carrillo Peñaloza has worked for Times Community News in Orange County since 2006 and has served as a sports reporter, sports editor, and city editor. His work has also appeared in the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.

Health, medicine and scientific discovery website STAT has added three reporters:

  • Rachel Cohrs has joined the staff as a Washington correspondent reporting on healthcare policy out of the nation's capital. She was most recently a DC policy and politics reporter for Modern Healthcare, and before that reported for Inside Washington Publishers and The Dallas Morning News.
  • Katie Palmer is the new reporter covering medical and healthcare technology. She comes from Quartz where she spent the past two years as a science and heath editor. She has also worked for WIRED for almost seven years.
  • Mario Aguilar has joined the staff as a reporter also covering medical and healthcare technology. He most recently freelanced for CNN Business and before that served as senior editor at Protocol. Aguilar was previously an editor at Gizmodo for eight years.

Dan Diamond has joined The Washington Post as a national health reporter. He investigates health policy and politics, with a focus on Covid-19 and the nation’s response. Diamond comes from POLITICO, where he was the host of "Pulse Check," a weekly podcast offering conversations with influential people in healthcare. He has also contributed to VOX and Forbes, and spent 13 years at The Advisory Board Company,

E&E News has tapped Laura Maggi as an editor of the Natural Resources team. She was previously the managing editor of Route Fifty, a Government Executive Media Group that chronicles state and local government policy news. Prior to that she spent four years as the metro editor of The Advocate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and before that served as deputy editor for The New Orleans Advocate.

Otis R. Taylor Jr. is the new investigative reporter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution covering race, policing and housing. He comes from the San Francisco Chronicle, where he served as the East Bay columnist for five years. Taylor Jr. has also edited Ripple and has served as the content editor of WayRay and Adviously.

Deborah Todd has joined The Hill as an associate opinion editor. She most recently worked briefly as a communications manager for the University of Pittsburgh, and prior to that, reported for Reuters in San Francisco and for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 

TheWrap has promoted Beatrice Verhoeven to film editor, leading the site’s coverage of the fast-changing film industry. She will focus on shaping coverage of the Hollywood studios and the rapidly changing landscape of the industry. Verhoeven has been at TheWrap since 2015, and most recently served as senior film reporter.

The Sacramento Business Journal has welcomed Renata Geraldo as data reporter. She comes from The Wall Street Journal where she was part of the fall 2020 newsroom internship class. The Brazil native is a recent graduate for the University of Oregon.

Farm Progress has welcomed new leadership for two of its titles:

  • Tyler Harris has been named editor of Wallaces Farmer. He replaces longtime editor Rod Swoboda, who retired at year end of 2020. Harris is the former editor of Nebraska Farmer and has been at Farm Progress since 2012.
  • Curt Arens is the new editor of Nebraska Farmer, taking over for Harris. Arens has been at Farm Progress since 2010 mostly writing for Nebraska Farmer and Dakota Farmer.

Lesley Weidenbener is has been promoted to  editor of the Indianapolis Business Journal. She spent the past five years at the managing editor of the outlet and before that served as the executive editor for TheStateHouseFile.com, and a journalism instructor at Franklin College before that.

Bloomberg News reporter Josh Saul now covers renewable energy and climate change. He was most recently on the bankruptcy beat and has been on staff since 2018. Saul has also worked at Newsweek, New York Post, and Popular Science.


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