Oct 08, 2021 / in Media Moves USMedia Blog / by Anna Marevska

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The Daily Beast has hired Neel Patel as a senior editor, science and innovation. He comes to the outlet from MIT Technology Review where he was the space reporter for the past two years. Before that, he wrote science and tech stories for Inverse.com and served as an editorial fellow for WIRED.

Casey Parks has joined The Washington Post as gender and family issues reporter. She was most recently a freelance journalist writing mostly for The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. Before focusing on freelance, Parks worked at The Oregonian for 10 years, where she covered night cops, city government and schools before a long stint on the diversity beat.

Vox Media has announced the acquisition of Hot Pod, the publication covering the podcasting industry, founded by Nicholas Quah in 2014. Hot Pod will become part of The Verge, with Quah becoming full-time podcast critic. He will shift his focus from podcast industry coverage to writing more frequent reviews, essays, interviews, and process features, while continuing to publish his weekly recommendations newsletter 1.5x Speed. 

Rolling Stone has hired Althea Legaspi as a full-time writer. She has been a contributing writer at the outlet since 2015. She is also a contributor at Sound Opinions and has also served as a music critic, arts and culture reporter and a freelance writer for various publications, including the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Public Radio.

The Los Angeles Times has announced a couple of staff updates:

  • Nolan McCaskill has joined the Washington bureau as the inaugural reporter to launch a new congressional beat. He produces daily and enterprise stories on how the interests and activities of the congressional caucuses intersect with those of the people of California and the politics and policies on Capitol Hill. McCaskill comes to The LA Times from Politico, where he has worked since 2014, most recently serving as a policy reporter with a focus on race.
  • Deborah Netburn has moved into a new role covering faith and spirituality in California and beyond. She focuses on the larger questions of spirituality and the many ways people look for and find faith and meaning in their lives. Netburn has been with The LA Time since 2006 and has spent most of her career at the paper on the digital team. She spent the past seven years covering science.

Bill Church is the new executive editor of The News & Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina) and The Herald-Sun (Durham, North Carolina,) effective September 20. Church is a longtime newspaper journalist and started his newspaper career covering high school sports for an Oklahoma weekly and most recently helped oversee 150 newsrooms across the nation for Gannett. He has also served as the executive editor of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and Statesman Journey Media.

The Reno Gazette Journal has promoted Ed Komenda to investigations editor, upped from a reporter. In his new role, he will help elevate the paper's coverage by telling stories that change lives and laws for the better. Komenda joined the paper in 2019 after sending two years as a staff writer for the Northwest Herald.

Allison W. Good now covers power sector finance at S&P Market Intelligence. She has been on staff at the outlet for almost five years and most recently covered the mainstream finance beat. Prior to that, Good was a science and tech policy fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy, and has also also freelanced for The National Interest, Foreign Policy, Defense One, The Daily Beast, and The National. Good has also worked at Foreign Policy Magazine and The Times-Picayune.

Business Insider will welcome James Rodriguez as a real estate reporter, effective October 18. He joins Business Insider from the Denver Business Journal, where he has been for three years, most recently as a real estate reporter. Before that, Rodriguez was an intern at the Austin Business Journal.

Julia Fanzeres has taken over the oil commodities market beat at Bloomberg News. She has covered equities for the past three months and joined Bloomberg in June 2020 as a Markets Live reporter. Prior to that, she was an assistant news editor of The Michigan Daily and served as a press intern at the U.S. House of Representatives.

Quartz has announced multiple new hires, including a new India editor, a new Quartz at Work editor, and additions to its email and breaking news teams:

  • Francesca Donner is the new executive editor for Quartz at Work. She will oversee Quartz’s coverage of the transformation of the modern workplace and the future of work; manage the Quartz at Work team; and lead the development of new products and services that help readers make their careers more purposeful and sustainable. She comes to Quartz from The New York Times, where she was editor of women and gender and a founding member of The Times Gender Initiative. She edited In Her Words, a three times weekly column examining politics, economics, business, and culture through a gender lens. 
  • Harish Menon has returned to Quartz as India editor. Most recently, he has been a consulting writer with NDTV. He first joined in January 2016 as a desk editor in India, before being promoted to senior editor and then co-editor of the edition. Menon has also previously worked for a range of newspapers and agencies that include the Times of India and Press Trust of India.  
  • Aurora Almendral has joined as senior reporter in Asia and based in Bangkok, Thailand. She spent the past decade as a freelance writer and write mostly for The New York Times, National Geographic, and NBC News.
  • Courtney Vinopal is the new breaking business news reporter. She comes to Quartz from PBS NewsHour, where she has been a general assignment reporter since 2018. She has also worked as a producer at the Washington bureau of France 2 Television, and as a fellow at Washingtonian Magazine.
  • Morgan Haefner has joined Quartz as deputy email editor and is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Most recently, she was the managing editor at Becker’s Hospital Review, where she wrote and edited stories and email newsletters.

Kaiser Health News has announced several new staff additions:

  • Amanda Michelle Gomez has joined KHN as the Peggy Girshman Fellow from the Washington City Paper. Before working at the City Paper, she was a health policy reporter at ThinkProgress, and reported for PBS NewsHour.
  • Andy Miller has joined the outlet as interim Southern Bureau editor. He has been a healthcare journalist for almost three decades and spent 24 years at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He launched Georgia Health News in 2010, where he continued as editor and CEO until Georgia Health News joined KHN.
  • Bram Sable-Smith is the new Midwest correspondent in St. Louis. He spent the past eight years covering public health and the social safety net for Wisconsin Public Radio, The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, KBIA in Columbia, Missouri, and as a founding reporter of Side Effects Public Media, a public media reporting collaborative in the Midwest. 

Alexander Saeedy has joined The Wall Street Journal as a reporter covering bankruptcy and corporate distress. He comes to The Journal from Reorg, where he spent a year covering corporate bankruptcy. Before that, Saeedy was a senior reporter for Leveraged Commentary & Data. 

MSNBC has shifted  Ayman Mohyeldin to an anchor and host for the newly launched weekend primetime show “Ayman.” He also hosts a Friday night show on MSNBC’s streaming politics platform The Choice. Mohyeldin has been at MSNBC since 2011 and most recently held down the 3 p.m. hour. He has also previously worked for Al Jazeer, Fox News and CNN.

Perry Russom has joined CNBC as a correspondent for “The News with Shepard Smith.” He joins CNBC from NBC10 and NECN, where most recently was a weekend anchor and a general assignment reporter before that. Russom has also previously worked at WBNG, WPRI and KYW Newsradio 1060.

Alex Caprariello has joined NewsNation in Los Angeles as a West Coast correspondent.  He was most recently at KXAN-TV in Austin, Texas, and served as a lead education reporter. Before joining KXAN in 2018, he worked for KNWA/KFTA Fayetteville, Arkansas as a weekend anchor, senior reporter and producer.

NPR has welcomed Adrian Ma as a business reporter for "The Indicator," NPR's daily economics podcast. He was most recently a business reporter at WBUR-FM in Boston and has previously freelanced for the “Indicator” podcast as well as for NPR News, NPR’s “Planet Money” podcast and American Public Media’s “Marketplace.”

WWL-TV, the CBS station in New Orleans, Louisiana, has hired Letitia Walker as executive producer. She spent the past two decades at KATC-TV in Lafayette, Louisiana, most recently as news director. Before that, Walker was an editor at KLFY-TV in Lafayette, Louisiana.

David Baxley has re-joined WIAT-TV, the CBS station in Birmingham, Alabama. He comes to the station from WDHN-TV in Dothan, Alabama, where he has served as the news director since early 2020. Between 2014 and 2016, Baxley was an investigative producer for WIAT-TV.


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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.