Apr 01, 2022 / in Media BlogUS Media Moves / by Anna Marevska

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Variety has promoted Clayton Davis to senior awards editor. In his new role, Davis will continue to cover the Oscars and Emmys races and awards season, offering weekly predictions of the top contenders, interviews and analysis. He’ll also co-host the weekly podcast series “Variety Awards Circuit” with Michael Schneider, as well as Variety’s weekly video news series “The Take,” which launched in August 2020 with Elizabeth Wagmeister. Davis joined Variety in September 2020 as film awards editor from his self-owned Awards Circuit website, where he served as editor in chief.

Drew Grant is the new senior editor at dot.LA, covering the local Los Angeles tech scene. She spent the past three years as a freelance writer and has written for various publications including The New York Times, Maxim, Cosmopolitan, Forbes, AdWeek, HuffingtonPost, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Nerve, Jossip, Grit Daily News, Ranker, AV Club, and more. Grant also had brief stints as a content producer at Rotten Tomatoes and a senior editor at Collider.

The Associated Press has promoted Brad Foss to editor of the Top Stories Hub. In his new role, he assigns and edits coverage of biggest news stories each day, plus longer-term features. Foss spent the past four years as the global business editor at AP and directed the wire's coverage of business, economics, technology and finance around the world and in all media formats. He joined AP in 2001 as a national energy and transportation reporter.

Annie Lin has joined Elite Daily as a news writer, where she covers a variety of topics including food, tech, trends, social media, entertainment, celebrities and travel. She was most recently a project manager at NU Media Holdings and a contributing writer for Resy, the American Express global dining platform. 

IndieWire has welcomed Samantha Bergeson as news editor. She was most recently a shows and TV writer at E! Online and a freelance contributor for Popsugar. Bergeson has also written for TV Guide Magazine, where she also served as an editorial intern.

The Omaha World-Herald has announced two key top editorial promotions:

  • Paul Goodsell has been named editor in chief of the paper. He is a 41-year veteran local reporter and editor and has been the World-Herald's managing editor since 2017. He joined the newspaper in 1981 as a reporter.
  • Succeeding Goodsell as managing editor is Courtney Brummer-Clark. She joined the newspaper in 2021 and has since served as features editor. Prior to that, Brummer-Clark was the managing editor of Daily Nonpareil and NonpareilOnline.com.

Noreen Malone is the new enterprise editor for The New York Times Style section. She joins from Slate, where she wrote and hosted a season of "Slow Burn" podcast on the origins of the Iraq War. Before that she was the editorial director of New York magazine and spent six years at the magazine in various editor positions. Malone has also written for The New Republic.

The Chronicle of Higher Education has added two staff reporters:

  • Kate Hidalgo Bellows, who is currently a reporting fellow at the outlet, has been hired full time to cover e covering Title IX and student safety in addition to leading the Daily Briefing newsletter. She starts June 1.
  • Oyin Adedoyin, who is also currently a reporting fellow at the outlet, has been hired full time to cover campus culture. She also starts June 1.

The New York Post has hired Jeanette Settembre as senior features reporter. Most recently, she contributed human interest features and business trend stories for The Wall Street Journal and WSJ Magazine. Before that, Settembre was on staff at Fox Business Network, where she produced enterprise features and breaking news across multiple verticals including living, food, travel, pop culture, business, retail, real estate, career and wellness for the re-launch of Fox News Lifestyle and FoxBusiness.com.

Tina Sfondeles has returned to the Chicago Sun-Times as chief political reporter, her old post. During her first run at the paper - which lasted 12 years -- Sfondeles climbed the editorial latter from sportswriter and wire reporter to chief political reporter. She resigned in 2020 and joined the Washington-based political team of Business Insider, and she later covered the White House for Politico. Most recently, she worked for Mac Strategies Group, a strategic communications and government relations firm, as vice president of public and media relations.

TechCrunch has hired three reporters:

  • Aisha Malik has joined the staff full time as consumer news reporter and writes about apps, social media, startups and more. She spent the past several months as a freelancer at TechCrunch, and before that she was a telecom reporter at MobileSyrup in Toronto, Canada. 
  • Jacquelyn Melinek has joined the staff as senior crypto reporter. Most recently, she was a crypto reporter ay Blockworks and before that served as a market reporter at S&P Global Platts.
  • Kyle Wigger has joined the staff as senior reporter. He was previously a senior staff writer at VentureBeat and prior to that served as the SEO editor of Fatherly. Wigger has also worked as news editor at XDA Developers and a staff writer at Digital Trends.  

Yahoo Finance has welcomed Alexandra Garfinkle as senior technology reporter. She comes to the outlet from the Financial Times, where she was a reporter for P&C Specialist. Before that, Garfinkle was a reporter at The Deal, a publication under the Euromoney Institutional Investor umbrella.

Taylor Locke has joined Fortune magazine as crypto reporter at Fortune Magazine. She was previously with CNBC and spent three years covering money and entrepreneurs. Locke has also served as segment producer at Yahoo Finance and a production assistant at "Mornings with Maria Bartiromo" on Fox Business Network.

MIT Technology Review has tapped Casey Crownhart as a reporter covering climate change and energy.  She spent the past year-and-a-half as a freelance science and technology journalist. She also previously served as an emerging journalist fellow at MIT Technology Review.  

David Kaplan is set to host the new "Unfiltered with David Kaplan" show on NBC Sports Chicago. The program premiers on April 4 and will air weekdays at 6 p.m. It will focus on trending sports topics, pop culture and candid conversations with players, coaches and insiders, as well as a daily segment on sports gambling. This is a return to TV Kaplan, who hosted “Sports Talk Live” on the regional sports network for more than 16 years.

MSNBC has promoted two producers for its "Morning Joe" broadcast:

  • Dan Norwick is now executive managing producer of "Morning Joe." He will continue to serve as executive producer of "Way Too Early." He has been with MSNBC since 2006, when he joined as a production assistant.
  • Michael Buczkiewicz will serve as executive producer for the new 4th hour of "Morning Joe," which launches on April 4. Most recently, he was the senior supervising producer of the program and has been at MSNBC since 2015. Prior to that, Buczkiewicz spent nine years as a producer for "The Late Show with David Letterman."

Tom Namako has been named executive editor for NBC News Digital, effective April 22. He joins the network from BuzzFeed, where most recently he served as deputy editor in chief for two years. Namako spent the past five years at BuzzFeed and before that was the news editor for The Wall Street Journal.

CBS News has tapped Joelle Martinez as West Coast bureau chief, effective April 4. She was previously the deputy bureau chief at VICE News and has been with the outlet since 2017, where she also produced HBO's nightly news show, "Vice News Tonight." Prior to that, Martinez spent 12 years at MSNBC mostly as a producer for "Countdown with Keith Olbermann."

Madison Staten will join PBS NewsHour West April 4 as an associate producer.  She will be based in Phoenix, Arizona, where the program is produced.  Staten was previously a multimedia reporter at KRWG-TV, the PBS station in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and before that reported for Arizona PBS.  

NBC News has announced several hires and promotions to its "Meet the Press" program:

  • Matt Rivera has been named the first-ever editorial director of content strategy, heading up a new MTP team. In his new role, he is responsible for the growth of the non-broadcast portfolio, including digital, newsletters, audio, engagement, streaming, live events and more. Rivera has been at NBC News for more than 10 years and was most recently the senior digital producer at "Meet the Press."
  • Justice Gilpin-Green has been named producer of the MTP content strategy team. She will lead the cross-platform planning process for MTP’s special programming and events, including the 2022 primary night specials on News Now and Meet the Press Reports. She was most recently a producer at the program and has been on staff since 2019.
  • Tanya Davis has joined "Meet the Press" as a producer. She comes from "Morning Joe" on MSNBC, where she was as a segment producer. Davis has previously worked for C-SPAN, BET, Reuters, and Fox News Channel as a segment producer, line producer, and field producer.
  • Sarah Dean has been promoted to producer. She has been at NBC News since 2017 and was most recently an associated producer at MTP.
  • Caitlin Hartman has been promoted to associate producer of the program. She has been a member of the MTP team for two years, most recently as a researcher.
  • Katie Harada has joined "Meet the Press Daily" as associate editor. She joins the program from Nippon TV, where she covered the Department of Defense.


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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.