Jun 11, 2021 / in Media Moves USMedia Blog / by Parker Guidry

The New York Times has promoted Charanna Alexander to senior staff editor, overseeing weddings. A graduate of Howard University, Alexander has been with NYT for Nearly fifteen years, starting as a news clerk and handling the metro breaking news hotline.

Abby Goodnough has also been promoted at NYT; she is now a domestic policy and healthcare editor, based out of their Washington bureau. Goodnough has been with the Times since the 90s, and has previously served as bureau chief for both New England and Miami.

Suman Naishadham is moving from the Associated Press' west regional desk in Phoenix, AZ, to their Washington, DC, office, as part of its new team covering water issues in the U.S. She has written for outlets such as Reuters, Wall Street Journal, and Bloomberg, both domestically and internationally, on a variety of topics and issues.

Brittany Peterson is also joining the new AP water team as a video journalist. She is based in Denver, and most recently worked as a video producer covering environmental issues for McClatchy.

Elisa Martinuzzi has joined the investigations team at Bloomberg as a reporter and editor at the London bureau, after more than two years working as a columnist for Bloomberg's opinion vertical. Her new coverage will include business, finance, and government. A long-time Bloomberg staff member, she has also worked at The Economic Times, The Independent, The Washington Post, and more.

The Los Angeles Times metro desk has brought on Paloma Esquivel as an education investigative reporter, as part of its expansion of education coverage. A seasoned LA Times Reporter, Paloma was a key member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team that uncovered local government corruption in Bell, CA.

J. Clara Chan is the Hollywood Reporter's newest digital media writer, covering the ways that technology has and continues to transform Hollywood. Previously, Chan was a media and politics reporter for The Wrap, covering Harvey Weinstein's criminal trial, as well as the lack of accountability in Hollywood's hiring processes.

One new reporter, and one new beat switch at Bloomberg:

  • Debtwire associate editor Rachel Butt has been hired by Bloomberg News to cover distressed debt and bankruptcy. Butt has been with Debtwire since 2016, with the majority of her coverage focused on distressed energy credits. Prior to that, she covered finance and private equity for Business Insider.
  • Senior reporter Ellen Gilmer, who was covering environmental law for Bloomberg Law, is now covering homeland security, including natural disasters and cybersecurity, with Bloomberg Government. She has previously worked with E&E News and The Oregonian, and her work has been seen in MSN, Finance, Fortune, Scientific American, and more.

The Washington Post has had several new hires and promotions:

  • Drew Goins, who has worked on the operations team for WaPo's Opinions section for the past three years, has been announced as the new assistant editor for op-eds. Since joining the Post as an intern in 2016, Goins has worked hard to optimize web traffic and solicit outside op-eds, wearing several hats along the way.
  • Cat Zakrzewski is now a policy reporter for WaPo's growing technology team, after over two years of overseeing editorial for The Technology 202 newsletter. She is the founding writer of Tech 202, and built it into a must-read newsletter with a national audience.
  • Ellie Silverman of the Philadelphia Inquirer is joining the Post's metro desk to cover protests and general assignment news. While with the Inquirer, Silverman covered breaking news, assignment news, and the retail industry.
  • Gina Harkins has been named the new editor of WaPo's Morning Mix. A seasoned reporter, Harkins has covered the Defense Department for over a decade, first at the Military Times, then with Military.com.
  • Another Morning Mix hire, Julian Mark is now a staff writer for the vertical. Previously, Mark wrote for Mission Local in San Francisco, covering housing and criminal justice, with a particular focus on police misconduct within SFPD.

Stella Bugbee is joining The New York Times as its new styles editor. She joins the Times after serving as an editor at large for the New York Post, and prior to that, the editor in chief of The Cut. Bugbee will begin her role in the fashion and lifestyle vertical on June 21.



Forbes bas promoted Kristin Stoller to deputy editor of business and consumer coverage. A member of Forbes' staff since 2016, Stoller started as an assistant editor for money and markets, but has most recently been covering careers for the past nine months.

INSIDER has tapped Debanjali Bose as the new associate editor for celebrity news and movie/television releases on the entertainment team. Previously, Bose was an associate editor on the lifestyle team, and before that, she served as a video producer for BuzzFeed News.

INSIDER has also brought on Ben Bergman as a correspondent on the venture capital and startups desk. Previously, Bergman served as a senior finance reporter for dot.LA, a senior producer at Gimlet Media, and a producer for NPR's Morning Edition.

Cory Schouten has been tapped as the new editor in chief of Crain's New York Business. Previously, Schouten has been the formats editor for The Wall Street Journal, overseeing its newsletters, calendars, and other formats. He also led the newsletter revamp at The Journal, helping the outlet's newsletters grow and improve in quality. Schouten will begin his role later this month.

Arkansas Business has announced that online editor Lance Turner will succeed Gwen Moritz as editor of Arkansas Business. A long-time staff member of the outlet, Turner joined in 1999 as a reporter, and soon became editor of ArkansasBusiness.com when it launched in 2000.

Declan Harty has been hired as a senior investigating reporter for Business Insider. A university of Illinois graduate, Harty has been at S&P Global Market for over four years, covering U.S. capital markets, the SEC, and Wall Street. He has also written for Bloomberg News and Advertising Age.

Sportico has found a new finance and private equity reporter in Asli Pelit, who will begin at the sports business site in July. Pelit has been a multimedia journalist for Voice of America, covering U.S. markets and reports in three languages: Spanish, English, and Turkish. She has also been a Knight-Bagehot fellow at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism for the past year.

Moscow correspondent for the Wall Street Journal Lukas Alpert will be heading to MarketWatch.com at the beginning of next month, where he will cover financial crime and scams. While at WSJ, Alpert was on a Pulitzer-winning team, and before that, he worked as an editor for the Moscow Times. He's also written for New York Daily News, Associated Press, and New York Post.

S&P Global has named Yizhu Wang as its new fintech reporter. She heralds from Mergermarket, where she held the same role. Previously, she has also served as an editorial assistant for Forbes, and has interned with the Down Jones News Fund and EdScoop at Scoop News Group.



Joe Russo is making a return to Buffalo to serve as program director for WGRF, WHLD, and WQHZ. For the past six years, Russo has been in Kansas City, MO, overseeing programming for KCMO.

Carolyn Morrell returns to WXRV to host mornings. A former afternoon host, Morrell was furloughed due to the pandemic, but is back to take over mornings for Dana Marshall, who has stepped down. Marshall will, however, continue to host the station's Sunday brunch specialty show.

Erica Tinsley is the new assistant news director for Denver NBC affiliate KUSA. Tinsley, who has been with the station for five years, most recently served as executive producer for the 4 and 5 pm newscasts, as well as "Next with Kyle Clark." She co-founded the stations DEI employee resource group last year, and will continue to oversee special projects.

Atlanta Fox affiliate WAGA has promoted Natalie McCann to traffic anchor and co-anchor of "Good Day Atlanta." She will co-anchor and lead weekday morning traffic coverage for the 4:30 and 10 am newscasts. McCann joined WAGA as a multimedia journalist in 2016, and has recently been serving as the fill-in traffic anchor for the stations morning and noon newscasts.

Elena Rivera is heading to Dallas, TX, to start as a health reporter for KERA. Most recently, she served as a health reporter for Colorado Public Radio, and as the 2020 cohort lead for the Association of Independents in Radio's New Voices Program. She has also worked with Blue Ridge Public Radio, Georgia Public Broadcasting, and KBIA.



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