June 18, 2021
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/ by Anna Marevska
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The Washington Post has announced two new hires and two staff moves:
J. Clara Chan has joined The Hollywood Reporter as a digital media writer covering how technology is transforming Hollywood, including at the major streaming companies and the creator economy. She was most recently a media and politics reporter for TheWrap and before that spent a year at The Atlantic as an editorial fellow.
The Salt Lake Tribune has named Grant Burningham managing editor. He was most recently the editorial director at the School of Pharmacy at the University of California in San Francisco for four years, and before that served as the editor of Area 1. Burningham has also worked at The New York Times, Yahoo News and Newsweek.
POLITICO has added two reporters covering the Food and Drug Administration:
Danielle Chemtob is the newest investigative reporter at Axios. She was most recently a reporter for The Charlotte Observer and covered economic development for two-and-a-half years. Prior to that, Chemtob freelanced for HuffPost and interned at The Wall Street Journal.
VentureBeat has welcomed Sage Lazzaro as senior reporter covering AI, data, cybersecurity, digital transformation, and enterprise technology. She joins the staff from Codeword where she was most recently a senior editor. Lazzaro is also a freelance tech journalist and her writing has appeared in WIRED, OneZero, VICE, Refinery29, Bustle, Men's Health, Supercluster, and more.
Aaron Mehta has been named editor in chief of Breaking Defense. He succeeds founding editor Colin Clark and begins his duties on July 6. Mehta spent the past eight years at Defense News and served as deputy editor and senior Pentagon correspondent.
Bloomberg News has moved reporter Elizabeth Elkin to the Agriculture Team covering the dairy industry, produce and fertilizer companies. She was most recently a rotating reporter at Bloomberg and covered breaking political and government news, agriculture, climate change, entertainment, media, telecommunications and sports. Elkin has been on staff since May 2020.
Hannah Denham joined the Washington Business Journal June 7 as a reporter covering Amazon’s HQ2 and its footprint in the greater Washington area, and the business of higher education in Washington. She comes from the business desk of The Washington Post, where she was breaking news reporter for the past year.
Philadelphia Business Journal has hired Kennedy Rose as a reporter covering technology, startups, higher education, and residential real estate. She starts June 14. Rose was most recently an intern at PBJ and the Albany Business Review.
Amanda Morris has joined The New York Times as a reporter on the National Desk, and covers disability-focused stories. Morris spent the past two years at the Arizona Republic as multimedia bioscience reporter, and before that has worked at the Associated Press and NPR.
Quartz has hired Ciku Kimeria as the new Quartz Africa editor based in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dakar, Senegal. She is a longtime contributor to Quartz Africa and has covered a wide-ranging set of topics for the site, including travel and NFTs. Her byline has appeared in a variety of outlets, including African Arguments, OkayAfrica, and The Africa Report. Kimeria has also previously served as a communication advisor to Dalberg Advisors, Open Society Initiative of West Africa, and The Africa Agriculture and Trade Investment Fund.
The Wall Street Journal has welcomed Elaine Yu as a Hong Kong-based reporter. She covers the intersection of politics and finance, as well as broader topics about Hong King. Yu was most recently a freelance reporter for The New York Times and a correspondent for Agence France-Presse before that.
Catie Keck is the new reporter at The Verge. She spent the past two-and-a-half years at Gizmodo, initially as a nights and weekends editor and most recently as a staff reporter. Before that, Keck was a news editor at Inverse and a senior editor at International Business Times.
Colin Daniels has joined Adweek as digital editor. He comes from Hearst in Houston, where he served as the local deals editor since September 2020. Daniels has also worked for the Miami New Times as arts & culture writer, edited the real estate and design pages of Haute Residence, and served as the head of communications at P.S. Media.
Investopedia has hired Walden Siew as editorial director. He spent the past three years as the editor in chief of the Employee Benefits Group at Arizent (formerly SourceMedia) and before that worked at LinkedIn as the financial services editor. Siews has also previously worked at Reuters for eight years and Bloomberg for six years before that.
Albuquerque Business First has named Meagan Nichols editor in chief. She is responsible for the strategic direction of Business First’s digital and print news products, as well as continuing to grow the readership of both. Nichols was previously the managing editor of Memphis Business First for two years and had been on staff since 2014, when she joined as a lead reporter.
Sam Oches has joined Nation's Restaurant News and Restaurant Hospitality as editorial director and editor in chief. He oversees the brands’ editorial missions and digital and community growth. Oches spent the past 12 years at Food News Media in a variety of editorial positions including editorial director, editor, and managing editor of QSR Magazine.
Fox and CW affiliates in Hartford, Connecticut, WTIC-TV and WCCT-TV, have named Richard Washington III as news director. He comes to the Tegan station's form WCNC-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he was was assistant news director. Before that, Washington was executive producer at WCAU-TV in Philadelphia and also WBAL-TV in Baltimore, Maryland.
DaLaun Dillard is the new anchor and reporter at ABC's WEWS-TV in Cleveland, Ohio. He co-anchors the station's 5 p.m. newscast alongside Courtney Gousman, and replaces Frank Wiley, who left WEWS in February. Dillard comes from KETV-TV in Omaha, Nebraska, and he has also worked at WMBD-TV in Peoria, Illinois.
Amicia Ramsey has joined WILX-TV, the dual ABC/CBS-affiliated station in Biloxi, Mississippi, as co-anchor of the morning news. She comes from WHBQ-TV in Memphis, Tennessee, where she was a reporter. Ramsey has also previously worked for Sinclair's KMPH-TV in Fresno, California, and WROK-TV in Meridian, Mississippi.
ABC's WCPO-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio, has named Kristen Swilley weekend morning anchor. She has worked at the station since 2015 most recently as a reporter and fill-in anchor for the 11 p.m. newscast. Prior to that, Swilley was a multimedia journalist at WMAZ-TV in Macon, Georgia.
Erica Tinsley is the new assistant news director at NBC's KUSA-TV in Denver, Colorado. She has been at the station for five years, and most recently worked as executive producer for the 4 and 5 p.m. newscasts as well as Next with Kyle Clark at 6 p.m. Tinsley also co-founded the station’s diversity equity & inclusion employee resource group in 2020. Before joining KUSA, Tinsley was a producer at KOB in Albuquerque, N.M.
WAGA-TV, the Fox affiliate in Atlanta, has named Natalie McCann traffic anchor and co-anchor of "Good Day Atlanta." She joins the station's 4:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. newscast alongside Sharon Lawson, Buck Lanford, Alyse Eady, Ron Gant and Joanne Feldman. McCann has been at WAGA-TV since 2016 and before that worked at WLTZ in Columbus, Georgia.
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