The Observer has named James Ledbetter executive editor. Most recently, he was the chief content officer of Clarim Media. He is also the former editor in chief of Inc. magazine and head of content at Sequoia Capital. The Observer has also acquired Ledbetter’s paid newsletter FIN, which offers news on decentralized finance and fintech. The newsletter will become the core of a series of premium subscription products Observer will debut in 2022 as part of its relaunch.
Jezebel has hired multiple staff across editorial:
- Khalisa Rae has joined the staff as senior writer at Jezebel. She comes to Jezebel from Blavity News, where she was the culture editor. Her work has appeared in Autostraddle, Black Girls Nerds, Catapult, Fodor's, Bitch Media, NBC-BLK, with work forthcoming in The Washington Post, NBC-Out and Los Angeles Times.
- Ezinne Ukoha has also joined the staff as senior writer. She is a multimedia journalist with more than a decade of experience in print, web and video production. She was a longtime Medium culture writer and also founded pop culture site MyTrendyBuzz.
- Audra Heinrichs has joined as a staff writer covering social justice, politics and culture. Her work has been published by numerous outlets including Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Teen Vogue, Elle, The Independent, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan and Refinery29.
- Emily Leibert has joined as a staff writer and specializes in gender as it intersects with sports. Her work has appeared in Teen Vogue, Refinery29, Allure, NBC News, Bustle and Men’s Health.
Amy Hollyfield is the new managing editor of the Dallas Morning News. She joins the paper after a 25-year career at the Tampa Bay Times, where most recently she was part of the senior leadership team as senior deputy editor for news. During her tenure in Tampa, Hollyfiled has served as government editor, assistant managing editor, and deputy managing editor. She was the Sunday sports editor for the Miami Herald from 1994 to 1997.
The Washington Post has named Sarah Dunton assignment editor on the Newsletters team. She spent the past three years as an operations editor in Sports, Politics and National, most recently as senior operations editor for National and the team’s lead on article page strategy and recirculation. Dunton joined The Post in 2013 from the Washington Examiner to help launch PostTV for Video.
Jerusalem Demsas has joined The Atlantic as a staff writer and focuses on coverage of housing and the economy. She was most recently at Vox, where she has written extensively on America’s housing crisis and co-hosted The Weeds podcast. Before Vox, Demsas worked in political communications and on climate-change-policy research.
Axios has hired Adriel Bettelheim as senior healthcare editor in charge of healthcare and health policy coverage. Bettelheim joins Axios from Politico, where he was the healthcare editor since 2017. Before that, he was a managing editor at CQ Roll Call and a health regulation team leader at Bloomberg News.
Kayla Samoy has been hired by the Chicago Tribune as deputy senior content editor. She most recently covered healthcare and COVID-19 as an assistant editor for the Evanston, Illinois-based ABIS Group. Before that, Samoy worked as a news associate in the Chicago bureau of the Associated Press and as a digital reporter for the Arizona Republic.
Block Club Chicago has welcomed two reporters:
- Mack Liederman has joined the staff as a reporter and fills in the gaps in neighborhoods where the community news site doesn’t have full-time coverage. He is a former per-diem news writer at Nexstar Media WGN-Channel 9 and freelance contributor to Block Club Chicago.
- Melody Mercado covers the Loop, River North and West Loop neighborhoods. Most recently, she was a reporter for the Des Moines Register and covered city and county government of Des Moines’ eastern metro suburbs.
Tamara Scott has joined TechRepublic as managing editor. She most recently held the same post at TechnologyAdvice.com and SmallBusinessComputing.com. Before that, Scott worked as a research and content manager at TapClicks and TechnologyAdvice. She has also written for Coywolf News in Nashville.
Money Under 30 has welcomed Juan G. Ruiz as editor in chief, where he oversees an international team of editors and writers, coordinating and driving personal finance content. Ruiz is also an adjunct instructor at Florida International University. He has also worked as editor, credit cards at The Points Guy and a freelance writer for Forbes and Business Insider.
Blake Montgomery has joined Gizmodo as deputy editor. He comes to the outlet from The Daily Beast where he was a breaking news editor/reporter. Montgomery was also previously a breaking news reporter at BuzzFeed and and editor/reporter at EdSurge.
Android Police has tapped Steven Winkelman as features editor. He spent the past three years as a mobile analyst at PCMag.com, where he reported on consumer hardware, networks, public policy, as well as emergent and disruptive technologies that will transform the industry in the coming years. Before that, Winkelman was a mobile reporter for Digital Trends.
Isha Marathe has joined Legaltech News as a law and technology reporter. She focuses on regulatory and litigation trends, the newest technologies in law firms and corporate legal departments, and the business of the legal technology industry. Most recently, Marathe was a freelance contributing writer at Community Advocate Newspaper in Hudson, Massachusetts.
Bloomberg Tax & Accounting has brought on veteran Bloomberg journalist Perry Cooper as a senior legal editor covering state and local tax opinions across all 50 states. She spent the past decade at Bloomberg BNA, most recently as a senior legal editor covering the Federal Circuit with a focus on paten appeals.
Brian Chappatta is the new team leader at Bloomberg Wealth overseeing coverage of billionaires. He was most recently a columnist at Bloomberg Opinion and write about debt markets. Chappatta was also interim team leader for Bloomberg’s U.S. investing team focusing on hedge funds, private equity, endowments, and asset managers. As a freelance journalist, Chappatta has also contributed at Crain's New York Business.
Fin Gomez has been promoted to political director at CBS News. He continues being based at the network's Washington, D.C., bureau where most recently he served as a White House producer. Gomez joined CBS in 2018 after spending 12 years at FOX News. Prior to that, he was a special correspondent at FOX News Latino and an associate producer at ABC News before that.
Willa Rubin has re-joined NPR as an associate producer of "Planet Money," the podcast focusing on the economy. Most recently, Rubin was an associate producer at Gimlet Media and The Wall Street Journal podcast. In early 2019, Rubin was a news assistant at NPR and The Indicator.
WMC-TV, the NBC station in Memphis, Tennessee, has tapped Mark Little as news director. He joins the station after spending the past four years as the news director of sister station WLBT-TV in Jackson, Mississippi. Little has more than 20 years of experience as a news director leading newsroom in Mississippi, South Carolina and Missouri. Prior to becoming a news director, he spent several years in newsroom leadership roles in the St. Louis market at KPLR.
WDJT-TV, the CBS station in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has hired Tony Capriolo as assistant news director. For the past seven years he has been executive producer of newscasts and special projects at WMAQ-TV in Chicago. In that role, he oversaw the 4p, 5p and 6p newscasts.
Black Information Network has promoted Andrea Coleman to news director, upped from anchor. In her new role, Coleman is responsible for leading day to day newsroom operations, reporter and anchor development, and coordinating live news and specialty programming. She is based in Atlanta. Coleman joined BIN in 2020, when the network launched, and before that served as an anchor and reporter at CNN and WGCL-TV Atlanta.
Sean Moody has joined NBC-owned, WLEX-TV in Lexington, Kentucky, as an anchor and reporter. He co-anchors the 4 and 5:30 p.m. newscasts with Angie Beavin, and reports at 11 p.m. Moody comes from KSL in Salt Lake City, where he’s worked as a reporter and photographer for the last five years. He started his career at Lexington CBS affiliate WKYT in 2006.
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