Friday Roundup: Media Moves at Associated Press, The Daily Beast & MSNBC, Institutional Investor Hires a Reporter

The New York Times has announced multiple staff changes across the organization:

  • Reporter Adam Nagourney now covers cultural institutions of the West Coast. He will continue being based at the Los Angeles bureau, where he spent eight years as the LA bureau chef. Before that, he was the chief national political correspondent in Washington.    
  • Reporter Javier C. Hernandez now covers classical music and dance in New York City. He was most recently a reporter in Beijing and has been at The Times since 2008.
  • J. David Goodman has moved from Metro in New York to the Houston bureau to become bureau chief. He most recently covered New York City Hall and has been with The Times since 2014.  
  • Ruth Graham will be moving to Dallas this spring to continue digging deeply into the story of faith in America. She joined the National Desk last year from Slate to cover religion.  
  • Haley Willis has been promoted to video journalist. She has worked across enterprise and breaking news investigations and joined The Times in 2019 as part of the inaugural fellowship video program.

Benji Jones has joined Vox as a reporter and part of a new biodiversity reporting initiative. He comes from Business Insider where he was most recently an energy reporter and a video producer for science before that. Prior to that, Jones was a freelancer and wrote for The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, National Geographic, and Quartz.

S&P Global Intelligence will welcome David DiMolfetta in May as a reporter covering tech policy. He is currently wrapping up his duties as an intern at Consumers' Research. He previously also interned at S&P Global and covered tech, media, telecom, and energy sectors.

Doug Sams has been promoted to senior editor of news at the Atlanta Business Chronicle. He was most recently the commercial real estate editor for the Business Journals secondary page and has been on staff since 2006. Prior to that, Sams spent four years reporting for The Gwinnett Daily News in Georgia.

The Associated Press has named Anna Jo Bratton  U.S. enterprise editor on the Global Enterprise Team. She works from Phoenix, where she has served as deputy director of newsgathering for the U.S. West, overseeing breaking news and enterprise across 13 states. Bratton joined the AP in 2007 and before that worked at newspapers in St. Louis and Des Moines, Iowa.

Jenn Harris is the new food columnist at the Los Angeles Times. She has worked at the paper for more than 10 years, starting as a writer and producer in the feature sections, Harris moved to the Food section in 2012 and has since served as deputy food editor, acting food editor, and most recently as senior food writer, video host, and producer.

The Daily Beast has reassigned reporter Tarpley Hitt to cover money, labor, income inequality, and billionaires. She most recently covered culture and joined the staff in 2018 from The Drift, where she was the managing editor. Before that. Hitt reported for the Miami New Times and the Miami Herald.

Stephen Totilo has joined Axios as gaming editor to launch a gaming newsletter expected to launch later this Spring. Totilo is the former editor in chief of the gaming industry site Kotaku and led the site for 12 years. Before that, he spent four years at MTV News as a reporter.

Bloomberg Law has tapped Vivia Chen as columnist. She will focus on the business and culture of Big Law and will cover a range of topics related to the careers and lives of lawyers. Chen comes from The American Lawyer magazine, where she spent more than two decades covering the legal industry as a columnist and penned "The Careerist" column.

Josee Rose has joined INSIDER as the executive editor, business. She focused on finance, markets, healthcare, and overall strategy in the newsroom. Rose was previously a longtime editor at The Wall Street Journal and spent a combined 20 years at the paper and Dow Jones. Most recently, she served as the elections editor at The Journal.  

MSNBC has promoted Jesse Rodriguez to VP, editorial and booking. He focuses on high-level bookings across MSNBC, coordinates daily editorial needs for the analysis and perspective programming, and manages relationships with contributors and analysts. Rodriguez also oversees all bookings during special coverage, including election nights, breaking news, and other major events.  Most recently, he was the director of booking and has been at MSNBC since 2008.  

Lindsey Boetsch has joined KKTV, the CBS affiliate in Colorado Springs, Colorado,  as an evening co-anchor. She will co-anchor the evening broadcast alongside Adam Atchison. Boatsch was most recently working for Scripps, where she was a freelance reporter and fill-in anchor for the Scripps National News Team. Before that, she worked for First Coast News in Jacksonville, Florida.

The Los Angeles Times has announced several editorial staff updates:

  • Writer Melanie Mason is now L.A.-based national political correspondent, focusing on the campaigns, constituencies and issues of this turbulent political moment. In her new assignment, Mason will continue to report across the country on the political stories most relevant to California and national audiences. Mason has been with The Times for ten years. 
  • Staff writer Seema Mehta will focus on state politics and statewide races, in coordination with the Sacramento bureau, as well as stories examining the intersection of federal politics and policy from a California perspective. She has been at the LA Times since 1998.
  • Millie Quan now works on enterprise projects across the newsroom while editing a team of national and state political reporters and columnist, with an eye to connecting national politics back to California and the West. She joined the LA Times in 1998 as an assignment editor in Business.
  • Staff writer Matt Pearce has joined Calendar to cover internet culture and podcasting. He was most recently on the politics team and before that worked on the National desk. He has been at the paper since 2012.

Genna Contino has joined Greenville News as a reporter covering housing and gentrification. She was most recently a growth and development reporter at the Spartanburg Herald-Journal in South Carolina. Before that, she interned at the Greenville News.

Institutional Investor has hired Will Feuer as a reporter; he starts April 5. He comes from CNBC.com, where he served as a writer on the health and science team. Freuer joined the network in June 2019 after graduating from the University of Michigan with a BA in Public Policy and Chinese. Before that, he held internships with The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Detroit Metro Times and Southeast Asia Globe in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  

Marco Quiroz-Gutierrez will join Fortune as a reporter covering politics and business, and the intersection of race, gender and money. He starts April 1. Most recently, Quiroz-Gutierrez was an intern at The Wall Street Journal and before that has interned at the Charlotte Observer.

Modern Healthcare has promoted Erica Teichert to managing editor, digital. She was most recently the news editor of the site, a position she has held since 2017.  Teichert joined Modern Healthcare in 2016 as New York bureau chief and legal reporter, and before that she worked as a legal reporter for Reuters, and D.C. court reporter and D.C. bureau chief for Law360.

New York magazine will welcome Jen Wieczner as a features writer April 5 to cover business, tech, Wall Street and cryptocurrency. She comes from Fortune where she spent the past eight years as a senior writer covering Wall Street, finance and cryptocurrency  for both print and online. She is also a co-founder and editor of The Ledger, a Fortune initiative dedicated to the intersection of money and technology, including blockchains, fintech and more. Before Fortune, Wieczner has reported for Dow Jones, The Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic.

 

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About Anna Marevska

Anna Marevska is an editor and writer for Cision Blog, and writes media updates, media influencer and industry features. She is also manager of content and research at Cision’s research department, and the editor of FashionFilesmag.com. Find her on Twitter at @Anna_Mar3.

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