Jun 25, 2021 / in Media Moves USMedia Blog / by Anna Marevska

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The Los Angeles Times has announced several two new hires in Opinion, and three staff updates in Metro:

  • Emily Alpert Reyes has become Metro’s public health writer. She has been at the paper since 2012 and most recently completed a highly successful run covering the Los Angeles City Council.
  • Paloma Esquivel is Metro’s new education investigative reporter. She started at The Times in 2007 through the Metpro program. She covered Orange County and later served as Inland Empire bureau chief.
  • Justin Ray has moved to Metro as a reporter and now leads the "Essential California" daily newsletter. He was most recently audience editor at the paper and joined the staff in 2020 from Columbia Journalism Review.
  • Jean Guerrero will join The Los Angeles Times as an opinion columnist on July 12. She is an award-winning journalist, essayist and author, and was among the first reporters to document the Trump administration’s practice of systematically separating migrant families at the border. She has worked for BPS, NPR, Daily Beast, The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones.
  • Philip Gray will join the Opinion desk as a deputy Op-Ed editor, effective Jun 28. He was most recently at Bloomberg and the New York Times as an opinion and news editor.

Shannon Najmabadi has joined The Colorado Sun as a reporter covering rural affairs and the economy. She will also focus on business, agriculture and energy.  Najmabadi comes from The Texas Tribune, and before that her work has appeared in Business Insider, MSN, The Dallas Morning News, and other publications.

The Daily Dot has hired Daysia Tolentino as a weekend editor. She was most recently a contributor at the publication, and her bylines have also appeared in Vulture and InStyle. Tolentino has also previously interned at NBCLA and Boston Magazine.

Yizhu Wang is the new fintech reporter at S&P Global Market Intelligence. She was previously at Mergermarket, where she held the same position. Wang was also an editorial assistant at Forbes and a business reporting intern at Brightwire.

NBC News has welcomed Teaganne Finn as politics reporter. She comes from Bloomberg News, where she spent two years a breaking news reporter. Before that, Finn covered US agriculture politics and food policy for Bloomberg Government for two-and-a-half years.

Melanie Zanona will join CNN as a Capitol Hill reporter Jun 28. She was most recently a congressional reporter at Politico and before that she served as a staff writer at The Hill. Zanona has also previously worked as a legislative reporter at CQ Roll Call.  

Boston Globe Magazine has welcomed Dasia Moore as a staff writer focusing on history, culture, public health, race, and work and inequality. She spent the past year as a metro reporter at The Boston Globe and before that worked as a producer at Quartz and as a news associate at Katie Couric Media.

Lori Kersey has rejoined the Charleston Gazette-Mail as a county and city reporter. She spent the past year-and-a-half as a freelancer and her stories have appeared on River Cities Magazine, West Virginia Executive, Tri-State Living and more. Prior to that, Kersey was a reporter at The Ironton Tribune. From 2011 to 2019 she was a reporter and editor for The Charleston Gazette-Mail and covered health, business and the city of Charleston.  

Politico has brought on Usha Sahay as a senior editor  specializing in foreign affairs coverage. She was previously managing editor for War on the Rocks and has worked as a homepage editor at The Wall Street Journal, and a news editor at the Huffington Post.

Holly Ojalvo is the new deputy editor of The Fuller Project, overseeing U.S. coverage of issues involving and affecting women and girls. Ojalvo comes from Quartz, where she was the talent lab editor and led the newsroom hiring, onboarding, and offboarding. Prior to that, she worked at Youth Radio as a director of content, and USA Today as senior director of digital content.

The Washington Post will welcome Danielle Arbil July 1 as a tech reporter. She is currently wrapping up her duties at Fortune, where she has served as tech reporter since 2018. Prior to that, Arbil worked at D CEO and the Dallas Business Journal.  

Cory Schouten has been named editor in chief of Crain's New York Business. He spent the past three years at The Wall Street Journal, most recently as head of the New Formats team, which owns email (newsletters, alerts, email courses), Live Q&A, embedded calendars, Catch Up module, rankings, e-books, and  text messaging. Before that, Schouten was a senior editor at Columbia Journalism Review and an adjunct professor at Columbia University.

Memphis Business Journal has promoted Jason Bolton to managing editor, upped from data editor. He has been at the publication since 2000 in various roles including research director for 15 years, responsible for researching the vital statistics for public and private businesses, nonprofits, and municipalities in the Memphis area.

Ryan Gould is now senior reporter at Mergermarket and Dealreporter, covering M&A and equity capital markets. He was most recently a reporter at Mergermarket in the UK and before that worked as a financial writer at Capital.com.

The Associated Press has announced two staff updates:

  • Suman Naishadham has moved to the Washington, D.C., office to cover water policy. She was most recently an editor/reporter at the AP’s West Regional Desk based in Phoenix, and before that has written for Bloomberg, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal and other outlets.
  • Brittany Peterson has joined as video journalist, based in Denver. She also focuses on water issues and policy. Most recently, Peterson worked at McClatchy, where she teamed with text reporters around the country to produce environmental video pieces. She previously was a producer at Reuters and a freelancer based in Chile.

Mark A. Kellner, formerly a 24-year freelancer at The Washington Times has returned to the paper as a faith & family reporter. Kellner has also previously covered religion topics as a reporter at the Deseret News, and as a freelancer for Religion News Service and Religion Unplugged. 

Insider has tapped Natalie Musumeci as a senior reporter on the breaking news team. She comes from The New York Post where she has been a reporter since 2014. Prior to that, she was a reporter at the Brooklyn bureau of the New York Daily News.

John Hewitt Jones is the newly hired managing editor of FedScoop, the government tech news site. He was most recently at Euromoney Institutional Investor as a senior reporter of the Inside P&C/ The Insurance Insider newsletters. Before moving to New York in 2019, Hewitt Jones was a freelance writer in the UK.  

The Austin Business Journal has welcomed Michelle Pitcher as a reporter covering the residential real estate market. Most recently she was a data researcher for the California Reporting Project in San Francisco, and a research assistant with The Marshall Project in Berkeley, California. Pitcher is a recent graduate from the University of California, Berkeley, and has freelanced for The Mercury News in San Jose.

Taylor Locke now serves as a money reporter at CNBC Make It covering crypto, wealth and related topics. She was previously an entrepreneurs reporter for the program and joined CNBC in 2019. Before that, Locke was a segment producer and writer at Yahoo! Finance, and a production assistant at "Mornings with Maria Bartiromo" before that.

Cheddar has welcomed Alicia Nieves as an anchor. She joins join senior anchor Kristen Scholer on “Closing Bell” and anchor Hena Doba on “Cheddar’s News Wrap.” Most recently, Nieves served as a national news correspondent for the E.W. Scripps Co., and before that has reported for WPIX-TV in New York and KYW-TV in Philadelphia.

Sydney Stallworth has joined NBC's KSDK-TV in St. Louis, Missouri, as an MMJ and anchor. She reports during the weekdays and co-anchors the Sunday morning news with Kelly Jackson. Stallworth comes from WZDX-TV in Alabama, where she was a Saturday evening anchor/producer and weekend reporter.


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Anna Marevska is an editor and writer for Cision Blog, and writes media updates, media influencer and industry features. She is also the senior manager of content and client data at Cision’s research department, and the editor of FashionFilesmag.com. Find her on Instagram @AnnaMar3.