May 28, 2021 / in Media Moves USMedia Blog / by Anna Marevska

The Washington Post has announced multiple new hires, promotions and staff moves across the organization:

  • Natalie Jennings has taken on a new role on Politics as deputy Washington editor. She has been the editor of The Fix, The Post's politics blog, since 2017 and has been at the paper since 2010.
  • Perry Bacon, Jr. has joined Washington Post Opinions as a columnist writing on issues pertaining to politics, governing, identity and American society. He is based in Louisville, Ky., and began on May 10. Bacon has previously worked for The Post as a political reporter, and has also been on staff at Time, NBC News, and MSNBC.
  • Marissa Lang has taking on a new role covering gentrification and housing. She was most recently The Post's protest reporter and has also covered general news and breaking news. Lang joined the paper in 2018 after two years at the San Francisco Chronicle as tech reporter.
  • Current Local Living editor, Kendra Nichols, will become Seoul hub editor in June. She will relocate to South Korea in August. Nichols has been at The Post since 2005, and moved to Local Living in 2012, first as deputy editor and then, since 2014, as editor. 
  • Paige Winfield Cunningham has been named deputy editor on the 202 newsletter team. She spent the past four years leading The Health 202 team and joined The Post in 2017 from the Washington Examiner.
  • Tim Elfrink will join the National Politics Enterprise and Investigations team as a deputy editor in June. He has been the editor of The Morning Mix since 2018. Before joining The Post, Elfrink was an investigative reporter and editor at the Miami New Times, the alt weekly in South Florida.

Scott Nover has joined Quartz as emerging tech reporter. He comes from Adweek where he served as platforms reporter covering social media companies—especially Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Snapchat and Reddit. Prior to that, Nover was a freelance magazine writer for The Washington Post, and a freelance reporter for The Atlantic before that.

Politico has announced a couple of staff coverage updates:

  • Stephanie Murray now heads Politico’s federal campaigns newsletter, “Morning Score." She spent the past three years as the Massachusetts Playbook author.
  • Zach Montellaro will now cover state politics reporter after three years covering campaigns. He has been at the outlet since 2016.  

Alex Weprin, the newsletter editor and a reporter at The Hollywood Reporter, has moved to a new role and now covers media and business as a writer. Wepring focuses on covering business and corporate stories, the world of TV news, and media companies like Condé Nast and The New York Times, as they evolve for a digital future. He has been at the outlet since 2019 and previously worked for MediaPost and Politico.

City Limits, the news outlet dedicated to investigative journalism of urban problems, causes and solutions in New York City, has hired two:

  • David F. Brand has joined the staff as a reporter covering housing and homelessness. He comes from the Queens Daily Eagle where he has been the managing editor since 2018.
  • Liz Donovan has joined as a reporter covering climate, health, and the environment. She was most recently an investigative reporter at Global Migration Project at Columbia Journalism Investigations.

Glenda Toma has joined Morning Brew as retail editor. She was previously the deputy business editor at Forbes, a position she has held since March 2020. She joined Forbes in 2014 and has covered real estate, retail and the food industry for the magazine.

Entrepreneur has promoted Frances Dodds to deputy editor. She spent the past years as the digital features editor and joined Entrepreneur Media in 2020. Before that, Dodds freelanced for New York Magazine, The Coveteur, Cosmopolitan, and Architectural Digest. She has also worked for DuJour Magazine.

Tristan Navera is the new real estate reporter at the Washington Business Journal, and focuses on commercial real estate. He was most recently a reporter at Columbus Business First and before that spent four years as a senior reporter at Dayton Business Journal.

CNBC Digital has two new hires:

  • Tanaya Macheel has joined the CNBC markets team as a reporter working on CNBC PRO, a subscription investor service. She will focus on covering the future of retail investing. Macheel comes to CNBC from Blockworks, where she covered bitcoin and other digital currencies for institutional investors. Prior to Blockworks, she reported on fintech at Cheddar and co-anchored its weekly cryptocurrency show, “The Crypto Craze.” She’s also worked at several industry publications, including CoinDesk, American Banker and Digiday.
  • Kate Dore has joined CNBC as a reporter on the personal finance team, covering income tax planning among other PF topic.  She was previously a freelance contributor for Lifehacker, Business Insider, Investopedia and Credit Karma. Her work has also appeared in Financial Planning magazine. 

Larry Madowo has joined CNN as Nairobi-based correspondent. He was most recently at BBC, where he served as North America correspondent and Africa business editor before that. Madowo was also previously a technology editor and news anchor at Nation Media Group, and a business presenter at CNBC Africa.

Fortune magazine has named Bobbie Gossage director of news, effective June 1. She is currently wrapping up her duties as deputy editor at Medium where she heled launch Marker, Medium's business publication. She has previously worked as director of content at LearnVest and Northwestern Mutual.

Rachel Sandler is now wealth reporter at Forbes. She spent the past two years as breaking news reporter at the outlet and has been on staff since May 2019. Before that, Sandler was a reporting intern at the San Francisco Business Times and a tech editorial intern at Business Insider.

Skift has hired Rashaad Jorden as editorial assistant; he starts May 24. Jorden will assist the editor in chief and occasionally write articles. Most recently, Jorden was freelancing for Skift and before that wrote for the Ethical Traveler.

Back in March 2021, WSFL-TV, CW affiliate owned by The E.W. Scripps Company, and WPLG-TV, the ABC station in Miami, expanded their commitment to South Florida audiences with the launch of new daily local broadcasts. Beginning in June, Local 10 will air newscasts on WSFL, which serves the Miami-Fort Lauderdale market, from 7-9 a.m. and 10-11 p.m. Eastern Monday through Friday and 10-10:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The stations also will simulcast major storm and hurricane coverage from WPLG’s news team. Here is the new a lineup of anchors and reporters for the evening and morning newscasts:

  • Louis Aguirre will join the station June 1 as an anchor of the 10 p.m. weeknight news. He currently anchors sister station WPLG-TV 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. broadcast.
  • Eden Checkol will join Aguirre on the 10 p.m. anchor desk, effective June 1. She comes from WISN-TV in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she has anchored the morning newscast.  
  • Will Manso, currently sports director at WPLG-TV, will join the 10 p.m. team in the same capacity. He starts June 1.
  • Alexis Frazier has been promoted to news anchor of the morning broadcast. She was most recently a traffic reporter for WPLG-TV.
  • Gio Insignares will join WSFL June 1 as an anchor/reporter on the morning broadcast. He comes from WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C.


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