Mar 18, 2022 / in Media Moves USMedia Blog / by Anna Marevska

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Fast Company has welcomed Max Ufberg as a senior staff editor editing the outlet's tech coverage. He spent the past year as a freelance writer contributing to The Intercept, The New Yorker, Wired, The Guardian, and The Washington Post. Before that, Ufberg was a senior editor at Medium and a national editor at Pacific Standard before that.

Kyle Campbell has joined American Banker as a senior reporter and covers the Federal Reserve and housing policy with a focus on banking regulation. Most recently, he was a senior reporter at PEI - Alternative Insight, where he covered institutional investment in real estate for PERE magazine for a little over three years. Campbell has also previously served as online editor at Real Estate Weekly and a digital producer for New York Daily News.  

Decrypt, the site focusing on bitcoin, Ethereum and the decentralized web, has hired two:

  • Justin Doom has joined the outlet as U.S. news editor.  He comes from ABC News, where he was an editor for four years. Before that, Doom was an adjunct professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, and a contributor to Re:think at The Atlantic.  
  • Kate Irwin has joined as a full-time staff reporter covering cryptocurrency news, technology and culture. She was previously a freelancer for the outlet and focused on blockchain technology, NFTs, DAOs and the metaverse. Before that, Irwin wrote about gaming news for BDG's Input.

Ernie Long has joined Lehigh Valley Business and the Central Penn Business Journal as managing editor. He spent the past 34 years at Morning Call in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he held various editorial roles including content sports editor, copy chief and reporter.

The Wall Street Journal has promoted Candace Taylor to features editor. She has been at the paper since 2013 and most recently served as residential real estate reporter/editor. Prior to joining the Journal, Taylor spent five years at The Real Deal Magazine as deputy managing editor, and before that reported for The New York Sun and New York Magazine.

Nicholas Casey has joined The New York Times Magazine as a staff writer/international correspondent based in Spain. He spent the past six years in various positions at the paper and chronicled important stories from South America. and the U.S. In 2019, Casey joined the Politics Desk as an enterprise reporter where he wrote narratives from the Deep South, and since 2021 he has helmed the International Desk as Madrid bureau chief. Prior to The Times, Casey spent eight years at The Wall Street Journal.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch has named Chris Coates executive editor, effective March 10.  He is a veteran editor and reporter and has served as Central Illinois editor for Lee Enterprises since 2018, where he oversaw the Decatur Herald & Review, Bloomington Pantagraph and Mattoon-Charleston Journal-Gazette/Times-Courier. Before that, Coates served as editor of the Sioux City Journal.

Carly Schaffner is the new reporter at Automotive News, covering the Southern California-based auto brands and EV startups. She was most recently an assigning editor at Forbes Wheels, where she handled stories on product news and auto industry trends. Prior to that, was the managing editor at

The New York Times has announced multiple promotions across the newsroom:

  • Alissa Rubin is now senior international correspondent and covers the Middle East, climate and climate change. She has been covering the Middle East (as well as Afghanistan and Pakistan) since 2001 and most recently served as Kabul bureau chief.
  • Genevieve Ko has been promoted to deputy editor on the Food & Cooking desk. She joined The Times in mid-2020 as a columnist and will remain focused on recipes and cooking instruction, particularly on-platform, and will play a critical role in determining the vision and strategy for all home cooking coverage and the Cooking product.
  • Emily Fleischaker has also been promoted to deputy editor on the Food & Cooking desk. She will remain focused on that off-platform work, she will also play a critical role in all strategic decisions for NYT Cooking across platforms. Fleischaker has been at The Times since 2018 and before that she worked for BuzzFeed and Bon Appetit.
  • Sara Bonisteel has been promoted to associate editor on the Food & Cooking desk. She was most recently a senior staff editor and has been at the paper since 2014. Before that she worked for Conde Nast as a senior editor for
  • Becky Hughes is the new senior staff editor. She joined The Times in early 2019 and since then has scaled the paper's Instagram presence to 3.4 million followers and also started a TikTok account. In her new role, Hughes will take a more supervising role overseeing programming. Before The Times, she spent two years at Epicurious.

Mónica Marie Zorrilla will join Bustle March 21 as a television and movies reporter. She joins the outlet from Variety, where she was a TV business reporter since early 2021. Before that, Zorrilla was a breaking news reporter at Adweek and a copy editor for Visit Philadelphia.

The Charlotte Observer has hired Josh Bergeron as local news editor. He was most recently the editor of the Salisbury Post for four years and before that had a brief stint as the managing editor of the State Journal in Kentucky. Bergeron has also worked for the Selma Times-Journal in Alabama and the Natchez Democrat in Mississippi.

Julia Masters has joined the Nashville Business Journal as a reporter covering the entertainment industry, including restaurants, tourism and sports business. She comes to Nashville from North Carolina, where she previously covered growth and development for the New Bern Sun Journal.

The Denver Business Journal has hired Kate Tracy as a real estate reporter focusing on suburban activity in the counties surrounding Denver proper. Tracy was most recently a freelance writer in Denver and her bylines have appeared 5280, Colorado Inno, Galvanize and Seattle Pacific University. Before that, she was a reporter a BusinessDen in Colorado.

Latino USA, a weekly public radio show hosted by Futuro Media Group in Chicago, has hired Daisy Contreras as an editor. She spent the past two years as an editor/reporter at Public Radio International in Boston/Chicago and has also reported for NPR Illinois.

Michelle Corless has been promoted to full-time digital newscast producer at  WLS-TV, the ABC station in Chicago. She oversees the station’s 7 p.m. weeknight streaming newscast with Cheryl Burton and Rob Elgas. Corless started as a freelance writer/producer at ABC 7 in August 2020 and before that produced the morning show for WTHR-TV in Indianapolis.

WGRZ-TV, the NBC station in Buffalo, New York, has welcomed back Jeff Woodard as news director. He previously spent almost two decades at the station as a producer and news director and left in 2016 for a marketing job outside of TV news.

Chris Jose is set to join WNBC-TV in New York on April 11 as a general assignment reporter. He spent the past five years at WSB-TV in Atlanta and will leave the station at the end of March. Prior to that, Jose was a news reporter at NBCUniversal and Tribune Media before that.

KOLD-TV, the CBS station in Tucson, Arizona, has tapped Rob Boenau as VP and general manager. He spent the past 20 years at WOIO-TV and WUAB-TV in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was the marketing director. Under his marketing leadership, the stations launched several new brands, multiple entertainment shows, and digital initiatives.

Jeff Mulligan is the new news director at WSIL-TV, the ABC station in Harrisburg, Illinois. This is a homecoming for Mulligan, who started his career in the news business at the station. He was most recently an executive producer at KGO-TV in San Francisco and before that worked at WISH-TV in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Shomari Stone will join CNBC on April 4 as a general assignment reporter focusing on breaking news. He’ll be based at the network’s Washington, D.C. bureau. He is currently wrapping up his duties as a reporter at WRC-TV, the NBC station in the nation's capital, and has been on staff since 2011. Prior to that, Stone reported for KOMO-TV in Seattle and WFOR-TV in Miami.

ABC News has promoted Stacia Philips Deshishku to the newly created executive editor and senior vice president position; she is based in New York. In her new role, she will lead the editorial, strategic and creative cross-platform direction across the news division. Most recently, Philips Deshishku led the ABC Audio team for nearly three years as vice president and general manager. Prior to Audio, she was the ABC News Washington DC deputy bureau chief for five years.


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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 Find her on Instagram @AnnaMar3.