Jul 16, 2021 / in Media Moves USMedia Blog / by Anna Marevska

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Claire Stern has joined ELLE as deputy digital editor. In her new role, she edits and assigns content and helps oversee the day-to-day content on the site, as well as shape the fashion vertical. Most recently, Stern served as a contributor for POPSUGAR and before that freelanced for Glamour, Forbes, ELLE and other publications.

VOGUE has promoted Janelle Okwodu to senior fashion and culture editor overseeing fashion. celebrity, and culture news. Okwodu has been at the magazine since 2015 and has since served as senior fashion writer. Prior to that she worked at Style.com and Models.com as models editor and fashion editor respectively.

Rebecca Ford is the new senior Hollywood correspondent for Vanity Fair. She focuses on covering awards season, from the shows and films vying for Emmys and Oscars, to the FYC events and festivals that highlight contender content. Ford previously spent a decade at The Hollywood Reporter, most recently as senior awards editor.

Deadline has welcomed Rosy Cordero as senior TV reporter and will spearhead Deadline’s Diversity & Inclusion coverage. Cordero comes from Entertainment Weekly, where she has been a digital news writer since 2019. Over the past decade she has also written for Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Latina.com and the New York Daily News.

Amy Carr has joined Chicago magazine as editor. She succeeds Susanna Homan, who accepted a buyout after five years as editor in chief and publisher of Chicago magazine. Carr was previously the director of life and culture content at the Chicago Tribune but stepped down in June after eight years at the paper. Before that, Carr worked for TimeOut Chicago, where she signed on as managing editor at its inception in 2004.

Business Insider has promoted Joe Ciolli to deputy executive editor, business and will continue to oversee the markets and investing teams. He was previously a deputy editor and has also worked as senior markets reporter and a senior investing editor. Prior to joining Business Insider in 2015, Coilli spent five years at Bloomberg.

NBC News has announced multiple staff promotions and a new hire:

  • Nicole Childers has been named executive editor for the Business, Tech & Media Unit, effective July 26; she will be based in Los Angeles. Childers joins NBC News from Marketplace, where she served as executive producer of the Marketplace Morning Report. She has also worked at ABC News, NPR and BBC.
  • Christine Haughney Dare-Bryan has been promoted to managing editor of the Business, Tech & Media Unit, upped from senior editor. Prior to joining NBC in 2020, she reported for The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
  • Carrie Dann has been named senior Washington producer, where she will oversee the D.C.-based team of producers on the Capitol Hill, Justice, Pentagon and State Department teams. She was most recently a political editor at the network and joined the D.C. bureau in 2010 as campaign reporter.
  • Haley Talbot has been promoted to producer and off-air reporter, covering Capitol Hill. Most recently she was an associate producer covering Congress and has been on staff since 2016.
  • Julie Tsirkin has been promoted to field producer and off-air reporter, also covering Capitol Hill. She was most recently NBC News’ Senate-side associate producer and joined the network in 2019.

John Dickerson has changed assignments at CBS News and has joined the "CBS Sunday Morning" news team as a chief political analyst and senior national correspondent. Dickerson was most recently a correspondent for "60 Minutes" and during his 12-year stint at the network has served as CBS News political contributor, correspondent, moderator of "Face the Nation," and co-host of "CBS This Morning."  

The Black News Channel has welcomed Vickie Burns as SVP of content and will oversee all of BNC’s editorial operations. Burns previously spent two years at Nexstar-owned WPIX-TV and before that spent 26 years at KNBC in Los Angeles, working her way from show producer to VP of news.

CBS-owned WFSB-TV in Hartford, Connecticut, has named Kara Sundlun chief digital anchor. In her new role, she will host live streams and events and will anchor both original and repurpose programming across the station’s digital video channels. Sundlun will continue to anchor the news at noon and co-host the station’s daily lifestyle show "Better Connecticut."

The Philadelphia Inquirer has welcomed Joseph Hernandez as deputy food editor. Most recently, he served  as research director at Bon Appétit and prior to that, as senior editor at Thrillist and deputy editor of food and dining at the Chicago Tribune. Hernandez is also a recently decorated fellow of both the Poynter Institute's Leadership Academy and the National Critics Institute.

Camille Squires has joined Quartz as a global cities reporter. She spent the past five months as a contract fact-checker at New York Magazine and before that was an assistant editor for the City Monitor. Squires has also interned at Mother Jones and ABC News.

The Savannah Morning News has hired Zoe Nicholson to cover growth and development. She comes from Gannett, where she covered Clemson for the Greenville (S.C.) News and Anderson (S.C.) Independent. She also previously interned at Greenville News.  

The Jacksonville Business Journal has tapped Brent Godwin as real estate reporter. He will cover commercial real estate and residential real estate throughout metro Jacksonville. Most recently, Godwin was the director of email operations at Cahaba Media Group and before that spent almost a decade at Birmingham Business Journal.

The Wall Street Journal has announced several significant staff moves, including the launch of a new coverage area called Life & Work. The new section will widen the lens of business, markets and economics and it  will offer an insight for the big decisions people face in their lives, from how they spend, save, and invest to how they plot their careers, pay for school and travel, from how they buy and consume things to how they spend their leisure time.

  • The new coverage is led by  deputy business editor Nikki Waller. She has been at The Journal since 2008 and joined the staff from the Miami Herald.
  • Bourree Lam now leads the Personal Finance team. She joined the paper in 2019 and before that was a senior editor at Refinery29.
  • Wilson Rothman now leads the Personal Technology team. He has been the personal tech editor since 2013 and before worked at NBC News.
  • Lynn Cook is the new lead of the Management and Careers team. She has been the bureau chief or management and careers since 2018.
  • Lisa Bannon has taken on a new reporting position on the Enterprise Desk, where she will focus on in-depth stories. She was most recently the life & arts coverage chief and has been at The Journal since 1995.

Chris Jones, the longtime theater critic of the Chicago Tribune, has been named editorial page editor of the paper. He succeeds Kristen McQueary, who resigned after she was turned down for a buyout. Jones spent the past two decades as the theater critic of the Tribune and still plans to review the major shows coming through Chicago. He has been on staff full time since 2002.

The Daily Beast has hired Noah Kirsch as a reporter covering wealth and power, taking over the outlet's  “Power Trip” column. He comes from Forbes where he spent the past five years in various positions, including intern, chief of reporters, and most recently a staff writer.  

Karen Tumulty has taken on a new role at The Washington Post and has become deputy editorial page editor. She has been at The Post for 11 years and joined Opinions as a political columnist in 2018. Before that, she spent 15 years at Time, ending as national political correspondent after covering Congress and the White House. She began her career at the San Antonio Light and then spent 14 years at the Los Angeles Times.

Greg Payne has been promoted to weekend anchor at KCTV-TV, the CBS station in Kansas City, Missouri. Previously, he was an MMJ/reporter at the station and joined the staff in 2019 from WCTI-TV in New Bern, North Carolina.

KUSI-TV in San Diego has promoted Hunter Sowards to weekend anchor, upped from reporter. She has been at the station since 2019 and before that spent three years at KTRE-TV in Lufkin, Texas.


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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.