Jan 28, 2022 / in Media Moves USMedia Blog / by Anna Marevska

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The Washington Post has announced the addition of three deputy managing editors, all starting Jan. 31:

  • Sharif Durhams has returned to the paper after a year as the managing editor of North Carolina's News & Observer and Herald-Sun. In his new role, he will oversee the GA team, the Morning Mix and the  live desk. Durhams was The Post's night homepage editor for much of 2020 after a three-year run as a senior editor for programming at CNN. Before that, Durhams was one of The Post's homepage editors from 2015 to 2017.
  • Monica Norton has been The Post's deputy Local editor of enterprise since 2011, where she led some of the most ambitious projects. Norton joined the paper in 2005 and has also served as Metro's day editor, technology editor and assistant Maryland editor for education.
  • Mark W. Smith has been The Post's director of social and operations since 2018 and has been instrumental in establishing and deploying the paper's Live Updates Files and in the creation of the London and Seoul hubs. He joined The Posts in 2014 as a mobile web editor and before that spent five years as a journalism instructor at the University of Maryland, and two years as a social media manager at USA Today.

The Atlantic has welcomed four new editors to the Culture team. All play a part of the books coverage expansion at the magazine:

  • Gal Beckerman has joined as senior editor for Books, overseeing the Books team and defining its future. He comes to The Atlantic from The New York Times Book Review, where he was a writer and editor. His writing has also appeared in a number of places, including the New Republic, Bookforum and The Wall Street Journal.
  • Maya Chung has joined the Books team as associate editor. She was most recently with The New York Review of Books.
  • Emma Sarappo has also joined the Books team as associate editor. She was most recently the arts editor of the Washington City Paper.
  • Nicole Acheampong has joined as associate editor on the Culture team. She was previously an assistant editor at Aperture and before that spent a year at Penguin Random House.

Alexandra Whyte is the new associate editor at House & Home magazine, focusing on sustainability and food news. She spent five years at Brunico Communications, most recently as news and social media editor where she oversaw online content, newsletter and the magazine.

Protocol has hired Veronica Irwin as a reporter covering breaking news. She was most recently a tech reporter at the San Francisco Examiner for less than a year, and before that covered tech and cannabis as a freelance reporter for SF Evergreen, Techworker, SF Business Times and other publications.

The New York Times has hired John Ketchum as the editor of "The Daily" podcast. He comes to The Times from the American Journalism Project, a venture philanthropy fund focused on sustaining local news in communities across the United States. Before that, Ketchum has also worked as an editor/producer for NPR’S Morning Edition, a deputy editor for Vox Media’s SB Nation and an associate producer for CNN’s social media team.

Jason Buhrmester has joined Reader's Digest as chief content officer. He was most recently a content manager at The Aerospace Corporation and prior to that he had served as head of content at Playboy and as an editor at Blender, GOOD magazine, and Nylon publishing. As a freelance writer Buhrmester's writing has appeared in Spin, Wired, Village Voice, Chicago Tribune, Robb Report, Malibu Magazine and other publications.

STAT News has tapped Jonathan Wosen as a West Coast biotech and science reporter, covering the biotech companies, research institutes and people behind the West Coast’s booming life science sector. He was previously a biotech reporter at the San Diego Union-Tribune, and before that has freelanced for Haymarket Media Group.

Tiffany Ap has joined Quartz as the lead reporter of the How We Spend section, where she writes about retail, consumption, fashion, luxury, e-commerce, supply chain, and sustainability. She joins Quartz from Women’s Wear Daily, where she was the China bureau chief based in Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong. Before Women’s Wear Daily, Ap was a digital producer for CNN and a luxury and retail reporter for the South China Morning Post.

Bloomberg Green has welcomed Aaron Clark as editor tasked to expand emissions coverage. He was previously the energy editor at Bloomberg News in Tokyo and has been at Bloomberg News Group since 2008, when he joined as a New York-based energy markets reporter. Prior to that, Clark was a reporter for the Associated Press.

Alcynna Lloyd has joined Business Insider as an economic reporter focusing on housing. She comes from HousingWire, where she spent four years as a reporter and producer covering economic and housing market reports and providing industry tech roundups. Prior to that, Lloyd served as the creative director for Austere magazine for six years.

John Hyatt has joined Forbes as a senior reporter covering wealth with a focus on billionaires, fintech, cryptocurrency, and finance.  He spent the past several months as an intern at the magazine and before that has contributed to Nasdaq. Hyatt has also worked as an account director at Ditto PR and an account executive at Prosek Partners before that.

Axios has hired an editor and a reporter:

  • Emily Peck has joined the magazine as markets correspondent. She is also a co-host of the Slate Money podcast. Peck previously worked as content director at Fundrise for nine months, and before that spent nine years at HuffPost as a reporter ad executive editor.
  • Pete Gannon has joined the staff as business editor, where he contributes to and edits Axios Markets and Axios Closer. He comes from Acuris Global, where he spent more than 17 years, most recently as head of content management, editorial.

Megan Ulu-Lani Boyanton is the new business reporter at The Denver Post covering Colorado's marijuana industry and social inequalities in the business sector. She was previously a reporter at Bloomberg Government for two years and reported on the agriculture and trade policy beats. Boyanton is a member of the Overseas Press Club and North American Agricultural Journalists. 

Jesse Kirsch has joined NBC News and MSNBC as a weekend correspondent based in Cleveland, Ohio. He comes to NBC from WLS-TV, the ABC station in Chicago, where he was a general assignment reporter until November 2021. He had been at the station since 2017 and started his career there as the WLS' first digital reporter.

NewsNation has hired Paula Froelich as a senior story editor and on-air contributor for Ashleigh Banfield's show "Banfield." Froelich was most recently a media consultant for HBOMax, News UK and News Corp, and before that served as the managing editor of branded and native content at Newsweek. She has also worked at Yahoo as editor in chief of travel, contributor to Playboy, and deputy editor for Page Six at the New York Post.

Maura McHugh has been named news director of CBS Newspath, the affiliate newsgathering service. She has worked for CBS for three decades and has been the interim head of CBS Newspath since July 2021. Before that, McHugh was a senior producer of CBS News for almost two decades.

WTVO-TV and WQRF-TV, the ABC and Fox affiliates, respectively, in Rockford, Illinois, have hired Marcus Walter as a morning anchor. He has been freelancing as a fill-in meteorologist at the stations since last spring. Walter was most recently a meteorologist at KNOW0TV in Monroe, Louisiana, and before that served in the same capacity for stations in Baltimore, Colorado, and News York state.

Katie Kim has joined ABC affiliate, KXTV-TV in Sacramento, California,  as a race and culture content producer. She comes from sister TEGNA station, WBIR-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she was a producer for almost two years.

KCNC-TV, the CBS station in Denver, Colorado, has promoted Jeff Gurney to assistant news director. He has been the executive producer at the station since 2000. Since then, he has received numerous awards, including National Edward R. Murrow award for Best Newscast. Prior to joining KNNC, Gurney was a producer at WSVN-TV in Miami.

Aaron Wright has joined KIRO-TV, the CBS station in Seattle, as an evening anchor. He broadcasts alongside Monique Ming Laven at 5 and 11 p.m. Wright was previously at KENS-TV in San Antonio, Texas, where he was an investigative reporter and anchor.


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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.