Sep 03, 2021 / in Media Moves USMedia Blog / by Anna Marevska

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Condé Nast has named Jessica Cruel editor in chief of Allure. Cruel was most recently the content director of Allure and joined the staff in 2019 as features director. Since then, Cruel has worked to develop editorial content across multiple platforms, including print, digital and video, as well as special projects including the Allure Podcast, the Allure Beauty Box subscription program, and the Readers' Choice Awards and Best of Beauty Awards franchise.  Prior to joining Allure, Cruel served as deputy beauty director at Refinery29, and has also held editorial roles at SELF, PopSugar, and New York magazine. 

The New Republic has added three staff writers to its Washington, D.C., team:

  • Timothy Noah has joined the staff from Politico, where he was a labor policy editor. He has also contributed to and write the "TRB From Washington" column at The New Republic. Noah has also previously served as assistant managing editor and press columnist at U.S. News & World Report, and a reporter at the Wall Street Journal.
  • Daniel Strauss is the new staff writer covering Capitol Hill, the White House, and campaigns and elections. Most recently, he was a senior political reporter at The Guardian and has also reported for Politico, Talking Points Memo, and The Hill.
  • Grace Segers writes several articles weekly for the website on developments in Congress and national politics, as well as long-form pieces for The New Republic magazine. She comes to TNR from CBS News, where she was a political reporter for three years.

Elana Zak has joined POLITICO as head of newsletters. She spent the past five years at CNN Business, most recently as senior editor of programming, where she managed the site's homepages and launched CNN's Nightcap newsletter. Before that, Zak was an adjunct journalism professor at New York University.

The Los Angeles Times has welcomed Sarah Mosqueda as a features writer for TimesOC, the Sunday features and news publication by the LA Times, serving Orange County. She is a popular O.C. lifestyle, food and features writer and previously worked for seven years as an editor at Coast magazine. Mosqueda has also contributed to multiple other titles, including Parenting O.C., Tableau and Newport Beach Lifestyle and the Orange County Register.

The Chicago Tribune has named Mitch Pugh executive editor, effective August 30. He succeeds Colin McMahon, who resigned in August after 18 months as the top editor of the paper. Pugh comes to the Tribune from Charleston, South Carolina, where he had been the executive editor of The Post and Courier since 2013. In this time, Pugh led the team to a 2015 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service and the paper has been a finalist in four other Pulitzer categories including breaking news, local reporting, feature photography, and feature writing.

Sam Blum has joined Morning Brew as a reporter covering workplace issues. He was most recently a staff writer at Lifehacker and before that spent several years as a freelance writer. Blum has contributed to multiple publications including The Guardian, Vox, The BBC, Rolling Stone, GQ and Medium.

Well + Good has welcomed Taylor Bell as senior commerce writer. She was previously a commerce writer at Verizon Media and wrote evergreen SEO content on beauty, fashion, wellness and home. Bell has also written for ConsumerTrack and ATTN:, and has also interned at CBS Radio.  

Nicole Briese is the new assigning commerce editor for PureWow. She spent the past year as senior deals editor at Reviewed and before that contributed to the Brides section of Dotdash. Briese has also worked as an editor at Us Weekly and a weekend editor at Brit + Co.

Reorg Research has promoted Harvard Zhang to associate editor. He will continue covering troubled companies and pick additional editing duties. Zhang was previously a senior reporter and has been on staff for almost five years. Before that, he was an intern at Bloomberg.

Rebecca Davis O'Brien has joined The New York Times as a reporter covering criminal justice and the courts for the Metro Desk. She comes to The Times from The Wall Street Journal where she spent seven years as a reporter. At The Journal she won the Pulitzer as part of a team that uncovered secret payoffs, arranged by Donald Trump and his supporters to silence women who said they had affairs with him. 

The Wall Street Journal has hired Allison Pohle has joined the paper as a full-time travel reporter. She spent the past year as a reporter, Multiple Mediums and is a founding member of Noted, WSJ's vertical aimed at millennials and Gen Z.

WIRED has announced three staff additions:

  • Maryn McKenna is the new senior writer covering all aspects of public health, global health, medicine and disease. She was most recently a contributor to the magazine and covered Covid-19 stories. McKenna is a seasoned healthcare journalist who spent a decade at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution covering the CDC and WHO; she has also reported for the Boston Herald and the Cincinnati Enquirer.  
  • Angela Chen has joined Wired as a senior editor overseeing the Ideas section. She has previously worked as a staff reporter at The Wall Street Journal, Vox Media’s The Verge, and MIT Technology Review.
  • Ramin Skibba has joined the magazine as space writer. He has been a freelancer since 2017 and has contributed to the Scientific American, Slate and Undark Magazine among others.

Sam Boykin has been promoted to editor in chief of San Antonio Business Journal. He spent the past three years as the managing editor and has been on staff since 2017. Before that, Boykin spent more than a decade as a freelance writer and editor, and has contributed to Men’s Journal, Outside, Travel Channel, USA Today, Scientific American, National Geographic Adventure, Entrepreneur and more.

Business Insider has hired Lauryn Hass as associate editor. She was previously an editorial fellow at the publication. Hass graduated the University of Kentucky in 2020 with BA in print multimedia journalism and has since worked as content editor at KRNL Lifestyle & Fashion and director of communications at Green Forests Work.

NewsNation has tapped Evan Lambert as Washington, D.C., correspondent. He comes to NewsNation from Fox 5 DC, where he spent four years as a lead nightside reporter breaking exclusive and enterprise stories with an emphasis on law enforcement issues and city government. Prior to that, Lambert worked for Fox TV Stations in Tampa, Florida, as general assignment reporter.

Kristin Fisher has joined CNN as space and defense correspondent and covers everything from NASA to the newly created Space Force. Fisher was previously a White House correspondent for FOX News for six years.

CBS This Morning has brought on Nate Burleson as a co-host, replacing longtime host Anthony Mason. Burleson comes from CBS Sports where he has been "The NFL Today" analyst since 2015. He will continue to appear on various NFL Network shows, such as NFL GameDay and NFL Total Access and on-location coverage of events such as Super Bowl week, NFL Honors and training camp, as well as maintain a larger presence on NFL Media’s social media and podcast offerings.

Ann Isaac has joined the KDVR/KWGN team in Denver as Morning Show executive producer. She was most recently a producer at KCTV-TV in Kansas City, Missouri. Before that she freelanced at KTLA, and has experience producing in Chicago, New York and Miami.

KGTV-TV, the ABC station in San Diego, has hired Deyja Charles as executive producer.  She spent the past year working as an EP for KXXV-TV in Waco, Texas. Before that, she was an EP at WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

WPIX-TV, the CW station in New York, has promoted Saul Adams to assistant news director. He was most recently the managing editor at the station, a position he has held since re-joining WPIX in 2016. Prior to that, Adams spent five years as executive producer at WNBC-TV. His first stint at WPIX was from 2003 to 2011.

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