Jan 07, 2022 / in Media Moves USMedia Blog / by Anna Marevska

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Anthony L. Fisher will join The Daily Beast in mid-January as senior opinion editor and will cover politics, culture, and more. He was most recently a politics columnist for Insider and before that spent three years as an editor at The Week From 2015 to 2018 Fisher was a columnist at The Daily Beast covering free speech, protests, columnist, and politics.

Rolling Stone magazine has hired two writers:

  • Tatiana Siegel has joined the magazine as a senior writer, and is also an editor at large for The Ankler, a newsletter about the entertainment industry. She previously spent nine years at The Hollywood Reporter and served as a senior film writer, deputy film editor, and most recently as executive film editor.
  • Tomás Antonio Mier has joined the magazine as a staff writer. He comes to Rolling Stone from People magazine where he was a digital music writer for two years. Before that, he was the editor in chief of the Daily Trojan, the student newspaper of the University of Southern California.

Anna Johnson has been named Washington bureau chief at the Associated Press, effective February 1. She is currently AP's news director for Europe and Africa and has held this position since January 2019.  Johnson has been at the newswire since 2004, when she joined as a reporter, and since then has held various editorial positions, including assistant regional editor, deputy West editor, and west region news director.

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has announced "The Good Dish," the one-hour syndicated show hosted by Daphne Oz, Gail Simmons and Jamika Pessoa, has been picked up by station groups across the country including Fox, Hearst, Nexstar, Gray and Sinclair, among others. The series will replace long-running syndicated program The Dr. Oz Show, which ends on January 14, 2022. The Good Dish will launch on January 17, 2022 in over 90% of the U.S., including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Dallas. The Good Dish, which initially grew out of popular weekly segments on The Dr. Oz Show, will offer family friendly recipes, simple shortcuts, money-saving tips, must-have trends and how-tos that will make life easier.

CMO Today, the marketing and media arm of The Wall Street Journal, has brought on two reporters from its parent outlet:

  • Ann-Marie Alcántara has joined as a reporter. She has been at The Journal since 2020 as part of The Experience Report. Before that, Alcántara worked as a retail reporter at Adweek and as an assistant editor at PopSugar before that.
  • Katie Deighton has moved to the CMO Team after a year working for The Journal. Before that, she was at The Drum where she worked as a video reporter and researcher, senior reporter and then as a senior editor. 

Phil Davis will join the Baltimore Business Journal in January 2022 as a special project editor. He spent the past two years as a night emerging news reporter at The Baltimore Sun and before that reported for the Delmarva Now and the Gloucester County Times.

The Philadelphia Inquirer has promoted Ezequiel Minaya to deputy business editor. He spent the past year as the editor pf the Future at Work at the paper and before that he launched CFO Networks at Forbes. Minaya also worked at The Wall Streets Journal for almost a decade.

Jenny Vrentas has joined The New York Times as a general assignment reporter on the Sports desk and she will work on enterprise and investigations. Vrentas comes to The Times from Sports Illustrated where she spent almost a decade as an NFL writer. Before that, she was a sports reporter at The Star-Ledger for several years.

The Miami Herald has welcomed Tabassum Zakaria as deputy managing editor for local news. She was most recently the managing editor at McClatchy and led the Washington bureau for two years. Before that, Zakaria spent almost four years at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C., as a senior advisor.

Jim Daley has joined the Chicago Reader as news editor. He was previously the politics and managing editor for the South Side Weekly in Chicago for two years. As a freelance writer, Daley has contributed to Al Jazeera, In These Times, Nature, Scientific American, Smithsonian, South Side Weekly, Symmetry, and The Trace.

The Washington Post has named Samantha Westfall editor of Today’s WorldView, the newsletter that illuminates the intersection between Washington and the world. She has been at The Post since June 2021, when she joined as a summer intern and Bradlee Fellow. Before that, Westfall was the editor in chief of the Yale Daily News.

Molly Smith has been promoted to U.S. economy editor at  Bloomberg. She spent the past four years as a corporate finance reporter and editor at Bloomberg and joined the news service in 2016 as a summer intern. Smith has also previously covered local politics at TheNewsHouse.com, the multimedia news site at Syracuse University.

Insider has promoted Lydia Ramsey Pflanzer to senior health editor, upped from healthcare editor. She has been at the outlet for almost seven years and joined the staff in June 2015 as an editorial intern. Since then, Ramsey Pflanzer as served as a reporter, correspondent, and healthcare editor.

Alan Rodriguez Espinoza is the newest producer of "The Journal," a daily podcast from Gimlet and The Wall Street Journal. Most recently, he was a freelance podcast producer at Vox.com, where he produced two-three episodes a week of the daily tech podcast, "Recode Daily."

The Salt Lake Tribune has welcomed Palak Jayswal as culture reporter covering the arts and culture beat. She spent the past year-and-a-half as a music writer at Slug Magazine focusing on reviews and interviews. Before that, Jayswal was an editor at BIPOC Critics Collective and a digital producer at KUER-FM radio in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Erin Covey is the new house campaign correspondent at the National Journal Hotline covering the 2022 races and redistricting. She spent the past six months as a national politics correspondent at the outlet and has been on staff since January 2020. Prior to that, Covey worked at NPR as a news assistant.

Bloomberg News has announced two staff updates at two bureaus:

  • Emily Nicolle has joined the London office as a reporter writing about cryptocurrencies. She focuses on real-time comment and analysis about digital assets, blockchain and the ideas that shape them. Nicolle was previously a fintech correspondent at Financial News and the author of the weekly Fintech Files newsletter.
  • Piotr Skolimowski has been promoted to Warsaw bureau chief in Warsaw, Poland. He was most recently the bureau's editor for breaking news and before that spent almost a decade at Bloomberg's Frankfurt office as a reporter.

Lindsey Stanberry has been appointed an executive editor of Fortune magazine. She will lead a new vertical aimed for the next generation of leaders. Stanberry was previously the managing editor of CNBC Make It for three years and before that spent four years at Refinery29, where she led the Work & Money and Tech verticals as a director.

Alex Degman has been hired as statehouse reporter at Chicago Public Media WBEZ 91.5-FM. He starts later in January and will cover the state legislature for WBEZ and nine other NPR stations in Illinois. Degman is a former news anchor and reporter for WTAX in Springfield, Illinois.

NPR has named Leila Fadel host of "Morning Edition." She has been with NPR since 2012 and most recently served as a national correspondent. Prior to that, Fadel was a Middle East correspondent at The Washington Post and a Baghdad bureau chief for McClatchy before that.  

KFTV-TV, the Univision station in Fresno, California, has hired Isis Chaverri as news director, effective January 10. She comes to the station from the American Red Cross, where she served as a regional development communications manager. Before that, Chaverri was the news director at Univision Chicago for four years and also served as executive producer and news producer for seven years before that.

Brenden Nakamine has been promoted to assistant news director at KRON-TV, the NBC station in San Francisco. He was most recently the executive producer at the station and joined the staff in March 2020 after two years at KTNV-TV in Las Vegas, Nevada.

WUVP-TV, Univision's station in Philadelphia, has named Ilia Garcia news director and anchor. She was most recently executive producer and anchor at the station and has been on staff since 2004.

Univision has also promoted Dacelys Martínez Ortega to regional news director for Univision’s Raleigh and Atlanta stations, WUVC-TV and WUVG-TV respectively. She was most recently a producer and anchor at Univision 34 in Atlanta and joined the station as a freelance new editor in 2016 after a 15-year journalism career in Venezuela.



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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.