Jul 02, 2021 / in Media Moves USMedia BlogUS Blog / by Parker Guidry

Alana Peden has been promoted to editor in chief of StyleCaster. She was most recently a deputy editor at the site and has been on staff since 2018. Prior to that, Peden served as senior fashion and beauty editor at Elite Daily, beauty editor at Star and OK! magazines, and assistant beauty editor at More.

The Washington Post has announced multiple new hires and staff updates across the newsroom:

  • Nick Parker has joined the General Assignment news desk as weekend editor. He helps direct GA reporters on breaking news and produce timely, riveting enterprise. Parker comes to GA from The Washington Post News Service with Bloomberg News.
  • Christine Armario has joined the General Assignment news desk as a deputy editor. She helps lead a team of reporters charged with covering breaking news, and coordinates around-the-clock reporting with the Seoul and London hubs. Armario comes to The Post from the Miami Herald, where she has been the Latin America and Caribbean Editor. Before that, she spent 12 years with the Associated Press.
  • Inkoo Kang has joined The POst as TV critic. She spent the past 17 months at The Hollywood Reporter. Before that, Kang was a staff writer at Slate, where she covered the TV and film industries.
  • Will Oremus has joined The Post as technology news analysis writer, a newly created role. Most recently, he was senior writer for OneZero, Medium’s science and tech publication, where he wrote a weekly newsletter called Pattern Matching. Before that, he was Slate's senior technology writer and co-host of the Slate podcast “If Then.” 
  • Yun-Hee Kim has joined The Post as personal technology editor, based in San Francisco. She has  been at The Wall Street Journal for two decades as a reporter and editor based in New York, Seoul and Hong Kong.

Kristin Stoller has been promoted to deputy editor, business and consumer at Forbes. She oversees coverage of retail, food and drink, real estate, media and entertainment, games and sports money. Stoller was most recently a staff writer at Forbes and reported on careers, jobs and the workplace. She joined the magazine in 2016 from The Hartford Courant.

The Austin Business Journal has welcomed Justin Sayers as a reporter covering the economic development in the suburbs. He comes from Park Labrea News, where he spent several months covering the West Hollywood City Council. Prior to that, Sayers was a local government reporter at the Arizona Daily Star.

The Washington Post has announced the latest additions to its breaking-news staff for its London hub:

  • Helier Cheung has been named the breaking-news editor, and is joining the Post after nine years of working as an editor, reporter, and writer for BBC News Online in London, Singapore, and Washington. She has also served as the BBC's Hong Kong correspondent, covering the Hong Kong protests in 2019.
  • Jennifer Hassan, who has worked for the Post for the past five years, will also be joining the new hub in London. Hassan originally worked on the audience team but has since transitioned to a full-time reporting role.
  • Ellen Francis is joining the Post as a breaking-news reporter. A trilingual journalist, Francis has most recently worked as Reuters' deputy bureau chief in Beirut, overseeing news coverage in Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon. She has also reported from Egypt and Japan for Reuters.
  • Adela Suliman is also joining as a breaking-news reporter. For the past year, she was worked with the NBC News digital team in London, covering breaking world news. She has also previously worked for Reuters and the Thompson Reuters Foundation, covering humanitarian and climate change news.

Business Insider has promoted Dave Levinthal to the role of deputy Washington bureau chief. For the past year, he has served as a Washington correspondent for the outlet. Before that, he served as editor at large for Center for Public Integrity, where he also served as a federal politics reporter, and as a reporter for Politico.

Olivia Singh has been promoted to senior entertainment reporter at Insider. Singh joined the outlet in 2017 as an entertainment intern. Her writing can also be seen in NKD Magazine, Her Campus Media, US Weekly, TigerBeat Media, and DEFY Media.

Elyssa Cherney has moved to Crain's Chicago Business, now working as a reporter covering higher education, philanthropy, labor, and more. Previously, she worked for the Chicago Tribune for over four years, first as a breaking news reporter, then on the metro desk covering higher ed. She has also reported for the Orlando Sentinel and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Columbia, SC NBC affiliate WIS has found a new morning anchor in Intisar Faulkner. Previously, Faulkner spent two years as an executive producer and anchor for WTOK in Meridian, MS.

Brittany Hardaway is joining the anchor team at WREX, an NBC affiliate in Rockford, IL, where she will be on the weekday newscasts at 5, 6, and 10pm. Previously, Hardaway has worked as an anchor for WICS in Springfield, IL, and WBBJ in Jackson, TN. She has also worked as an associate producer for WSIL in Carbondale, IL.

Fort Wayne, IN CBS affiliate WANE has named Emily Dwire as its new weekday morning anchor. Dwire most recently worked at WOWT in Omaha, NE, and WPTA in Fort Wayne before that.

The New York Times has announced two relocations and one addition:

  • Christina Goldbaum, who has been with the Times since 2018, is heading to the Kabul bureau in Afghanistan to cover the U.S. forces' leaving the country after two decades of war. Goldbaum is known for her three-part investigation into the U.S. military's role in Somalia in 2017.
  • Cora Engelbrecht is headed to NYT's London bureau, after over four years as a reporter in the New York office. Cora's previous coverage at NYT has brought her around the world, from Afghanistan, to Hong Kong, to Belarus, amplifying voices to marginalized and underrepresented groups.
  • Rachel Poser of Harper's Magazine is joining the Times as an editor for the Sunday Review. In her new role, she will commission and edit long-form pieces and curate the Review. Previously, she served as deputy editor of Harper's Magazine, where she worked for nearly six years.

Savannah Morning News has hired Zoe Nicholson as a reporter, covering growth and development in Savannah. Currently, she covers Clemson for the Greenville News and Anderson Independent in South Carolina. She will be starting with Savannah Morning News later this month.

Kevin Graeler is officially the new managing editor for The Columbia Daily Tribune, after serving as the interim managing editor for the past six months. Previously, he has worked at the Daily Tribune as a night and weekend editor, as well as a sports editor. he also served as a sports editor for the Hannibal Courier-Post.

The Des Moines Register has named Nic Garcia as the newest member of its politics team. Garcia will be starting later this month, as he departs his current role as a senior politics writer for the Dallas Morning News. He has also previously covered politics for the Denver Post, and operated in several roles at both Chalkbeat and Out Front.

Maria Cristina Curi is joining Bloomberg Law as a reporter, covering cybersecurity and telecom. Previously, Curi worked as a trade reporter for Inside U.S. Trade. She has also interned for Politico, The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, and American Public Media Group.

Jacksonville Business Journal has tapped Brent Godwin as its new real estate reporter. In his new role, Godwin will be covering both commercial and residential real estate. Previously, he has reported and edited for the Birmingham Business Journal for nearly a decade, and most recently served as the email operations manager for the Cahaba Media Group.


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Parker Guidry (they/them) is a Senior Content and Client Data Specialist at Cision and serves as the Global Secretary of Embody, Cision’s LGBTQIA+ employee resource group. They also assist in editing and writing Cision's Media Moves blog, covering media updates and industry features. Find them on Instagram @parkourpierre.