May 13, 2022 / in Media Moves USMedia Blog / by Anna Marevska


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Nathan Lump has been named editor in chief of National Geographic magazine, effective June 6. He will oversee NatGeo's editorial operations worldwide. Lump is a journalism veteran and was most recently the VP and global head of editorial and entertainment at Expedia Group. Prior to that he was the editorial director for Time Inc's luxury and lifestyle group, and the editor in chief of Travel + Leisure before that. Lump has also previously held editorial leadership positions at Conde Nast and has had stints at ad agencies including Hill Holliday and Wunderman Thompson.

The Los Angeles Times has promoted Jackeline Luna to senior producer for video series. In her new role, she will focus on producing video series, developing the next stage of the “United States of California” project, which she was part of in past year as a video journalist. Luna has been at the LA Times since 2018 and before that interned at Politico and ABC News.

Hillary Frey will join Slate June 6 as editor in chief. She replaces Jared Hohlt, who stepped down from the company in January after three years on the job. Frey currently serves as a creator in residence at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY and is also a former executive editor at HuffPost and Fusion. She has previously held leadership roles at NBC News, Adweek, and Yahoo News.

The Center for Public Integrity has welcomed Vanessa Lee as an audience producer; she is part of the expanding audience team. Lee is a former communications specialist for the University of Arkansas Medical Science Center and television news reporter.

Renata Geraldo has joined The Seattle Times as a business reporter. She joins the paper from the Sacramento Business Journal, where she was a data reporter since early 2021. Prior to that, Geraldo was a 2020 J James Pensiero Wall Street Journal reporting intern covering telecom, and a Bloomberg 2020 summer news intern covering media and telecom.

Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal have hired Dean Seal as a reporter on the real-time news desk. Most recently, he was a senior reporter for Law360 where he covered financial regulation, litigation and government enforcement.  Before that, Seal was a staff writer at The Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Va.

Aritz Parra has been appointed as news director for Southern Europe at the Associated Press. In his new role he leads the southern region that includes Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Spain and Portugal. He is based in Madrid. Aritz joined the AP in 2012 as the agency’s senior producer in Beijing. He relocated to Madrid in late 2016 and pivoted from video back to print as the primary format, writing stories for both English and Spanish-language audiences.

The Los Angeles Times has hired Corinne Purtill  as a reporter covering science and medicine. She spent the past three years as a freelance writer covering various aspects of the pandemic for the New Yorker, The New York Times, and Time magazine. Prior to that, Purtill spent five years in London as a senior reporter for Quartz and a senior correspondent for GlobalPost.

Brian J. Rogal has joined the Chicago Tribune as senior real estate reporter. He was most recently a freelance reporter for Bisnow, the multi-platform digital media company specializing in commercial real estate news. Rogal has also covered real estate for ALM Media and started his journalism career as an investigative reporter for The Chicago Reporter.

ProPublica has announced that Tyson Evans will join the staff June 21 as the organization’s first chief product and brand officer. In this position, he will oversee the editorial and business execution of ProPublica’s publishing platforms, including websites, mobile apps and newsletters. Evans comes to ProPublica from The New York Times, where he started in 2008 as deputy editor, and has held a wide range of roles across journalism, product development, operations, and strategic planning. Before The Times, he worked at the Las Vegas Sun and the Los Angeles Times.

Tracy Jan has switched teams at The Washington Post and joined the Health and Science desk as an assignment editor. She was most recently part of the financial team at the paper where she wrote about the intersection of race and the economy. Jan joined The Post in 2016 as a reporter and before that spent 12 years at The Boston Globe covering education.

Pensions & Investments has named Jennifer Ablan editor in chief and chief content officer. She joins the outlet from the Financial Times, where she was the U.S. assistant managing editor since April 2020.  Before that, Ablan spent 13 years at Reuters in various editorial positions, including editor of U.S. investment strategy. She has also worked for Barron's magazine and Dow Jones.  

Liz Essley Whyte has joined The Wall Street Journal as a reporter covering the intersection of pharmaceuticals and Washington, including the U.S. Food and Drug Admission, Congress, the White House and how drug makers and federal policy makers interact. She comes to the paper from the Center of Public Integrity, where she spent almost eight years reporting on health, money, and influence in politics.

Kaiser Health News has tapped Nathan Payne as a regional editor overseeing the outlet's newly launched Rural Desk as well as editing stories written by freelancers on the Midwest Team. Payne was most recently the executive editor of Traverse City Record-Eagle in Traverse City, Michigan, for eight years.

InvestmentNews has announced several editorial staff updates:

  • Paul Curcio has been named editor in chief, upped from executive editor. He has been at the magazine since 2019 and before that held leadership editorial positions at Proactive and Nation's Restaurant News.
  • Gretchen Lembach has joined the outlet as director of content, where she will focus on growing custom content and research. She was previously the content director at MXM, part of Accenture Interactive.
  • Gregg Greenberg has joined the staff as retirement editor and multimedia anchor. He previously spent four years at The C-Suite Network, where he hosted C-Suite TV Insights. Greenberg also spent 13 years as an anchor for TheStreet.
  • Joanne Cleaver is the magazine's new editor of diversity, equity and inclusion. She focuses on the latest news, trends, and strategies about the spectrum of professional talent. Cleaver will lead the growth of InvestmentNews’ Women Adviser Community. She has previously reported for Tribune Digital, Crain’s Chicago Business and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
  • Ryan Neal has returned to InvestmentNews as technology editor, covering the fintech industry, especially for wealth managers and financial advisors. He was most recently the technology editor at Financial Planning and during his first stint at InvestmentNews worked as a tech reporter and columnist for two-and-a-half years.

CBS News has hired four journalists for its Local News Innovations Lab:

  • Stephen Stock has been named national investigative correspondent. He will serve in a dual role at the innovation lab. He will provide in-depth reporting on critical issues impacting the communities served by CBS News and Stations and offer mentoring and support to his fellow investigative journalists across the CBS Stations group. He spent the past decade at KNTV NBC in the Bay Area.
  • Nicole Vap has been appointed executive producer of content development. She will be responsible for managing premium content created by the innovation lab’s investigative team as well as journalists in its consumer, environmental and community impact units. She comes from KUSA Denver, where she was the director of investigative journalism for 22 years.
  • Chris Hacker will join the lab as an investigative data journalist. He spent the past four years at CBS Chicago.
  • Aparna Zalani has been named an investigative producer. She spent the past eight years at the lab’s home base at KTVT Dallas-Fort Worth, where she produced investigations and special projects for the station. She previously worked for NBC News/MSNBC for more than 15 years.

Ximena Bustillo has joined NPR in Washington, D.C., as a reporter covering politics. She spent the past two years at Politico, where she started as an intern in May 2020. Before that, Bustillo was a breaking news reporter covering rime, courts, coronavirus and general assignment for the Idaho Statesman.

KENS-TV, the CBS station in San Antonio, Texas, has hired Isis Romero as an evening anchor. She starts June 6 and will anchor the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts. Romero was most recently at KSAT-TV in Alamo City, Texas, where she spent a decade as the main anchor.

WFSB-TV, the CBS station in Hartford, Connecticut, has welcomed Stephanie Simoni as an anchor of the station's newest 7 p.m. newscast, which made its debut on May 2. She will also report for the afternoon and evening newscasts and fill in on the desk as needed. Simoni spent the past decade at WTNH-TV, most recently as a news anchor.

Meghan Lane has been promoted to news director at KRCG-TV, the CBS-affiliated station in Jefferson City, Missouri. She has been at the station since 2010 and spent the past 11 years as an evening anchor, interactive managing editor, a reporter and weekend 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.