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Jake Lahut has joined The Daily Beast as a campaign reporter. He reports on national campaigns in the Republican Party with a focus on key races in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 GOP presidential primary, as well as the messaging of the party from the trail to conservative media. Lahut joined the outlet from Insider, where he was a senior politics reporter since early 2020. Prior to that, he was a political reporter for The Keene Sentinel in Boston.

PureWow has promoted Nakeisha Campbell to associate editor, news and entertainment, upped from assistant editor. She has been on staff since August 2020 and before that worked as SEO writer for Distractify, entertainment writer at Yolla Media, and lifestyle writer at DEFY Media.

The Center for Public Integrity has added two investigative reporters:

  • Kristian Hernández has joined the staff as an investigative reporter focused on inequality in the United States. He spent the past year as a state policy reporter for Pew Charitable Trusts' Stateline project, and before that served as an investigative reporter for Fort Worth Telegram.  
  • María Inés Zamudio has joined the staff as an investigative reporter. She was most recently a reporter covering immigration and other topics for WBEZ public radio in Chicago, where she went on to receive a Peabody Award for her reporting. Before that, Zamudio worked as an investigative reporter at American Public Media, the Memphis Commercial Appeal, and the Chicago Reporter.

Anna Betts has joined BuzzFeed News in New York as breaking news reporter. She was most recently an intern at Spectrum, where she covered breaking news and national stories. Betts has also previously interned at NBC Universal and has freelanced for The Washington Post, The Village Voice, and The Verge.

L'Officiel USA has promoted Caroline Grosso to editor in chief, upped from global head of content projects and fashion initiatives. She joined the title in 2019 from Conde Nast, where she spent five years at W Magazine in as fashion market editor, senior fashion editor, and digital fashion director.

Sam Knoll has been promoted to fashion market editor at Highsnobiety. They were previously an assistant fashion editor at the outlet and have been on staff since December 2021. Knoll previously worked at V Magazine as an assistant market editor.

The Miami Herald has assigned reporter Aaron Leibowitz to the Miami Beach beat. He has covered local government since joining the paper in 2019. Prior to that, Leibowitz covered Boston courts for Law360 and worked for Wicked Local Media Solutions before that.

Francesca Trianni has been named senior editorial producer at VICE News, based in New York. She spent the past nine years at TIME in a variety of producing roles and most recently served as a supervising producer. Prior to that, Trianni worked as a stringer for Reuters.

New York magazine has tapped John Herrman as contributing editor. He will cover technology, the tech industry, digital culture, and the ways all are combining to change us as individuals and as a society. Herman was most recently at The New York Times, where he served as a David Carr Fellow. Previously, he was co-editor of The Awl and editor of BuzzFeed’s technology section.

The Associated Press has announced two editorial updates at its New York bureau:

  • Jill Colvin will cover former President Donald Trump and the GOP. She has covered the White House since 2017 and joined the AP in 2014 from the New York Observer.
  • Steve Peoples will continue as AP’s chief political writer with a focus on the biggest political trends, voter behavior and major statewide campaigns. He has been at the news service since 2011 and before that reported for CQ Roll Call.

Chris Lehmann has joined the Washington, D.C., bureau  of The Nation as a bureau chief covering politics and the political economy. He has been a contributor of The Nation since 2008 and is a contributing editor at The Baffler and The New Republic. Lehmann is a veteran journalist and is the former editor of both The Baffler and The New Republic. He has also served as co-editor of BookForum, a D.C. correspondent at The New York Observer, senior editor at CQ Weekly, and a columnist at The Awl.

Slate has tapped Alexander Sammon as politics writer. He joins Slate from The American Prospect, where he was a staff writer for three years. Prior to that, Sammons was a contributing writer for The New Republic and Pacific Standard Magazine, and a senior fellow at Mother Jones before that.

Kathleen Thomas has a new role at Conde Nast and is now an associate fashion editor for Allure, Glamour, and Teen Vogue. Most recently, she was an assistant editor at Vogue and before that spent four years as a fashion market assistant at Glamour.  

The New York Times has hired Allison Benedikt as editorial director of Opinion, a newly formed role. She spent the past decade at Slate -- most recently as the executive editor -- and oversaw its news and politics coverage, and before that, its women, family and gender coverage. Benedikt also launched and managed Slate’s daily morning news podcast, “What Next.” Before Slate, she was the film editor at The Village Voice and an arts and lifestyle editor-writer at the Chicago Tribune. 

Women's Health has named Lydia Wang love and life editor. In her new role, she will focus on sex, relationships, lifestyle, and pop culture. Most recently, Wang was a contracted news writer for Netflix and before that spent two years covering news and entertainment for Refinery29.

David Luhnow has been named UK bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal. He was most recently the Latin America bureau chief of the paper and has been on staff since 2013. Prior to the Journal, Luhnow worked at Reuters.

Fortune has welcomed Leo Schwartz as a reporter covering cryptocurrencies and blockchain. Previously, he covered global technology for the Rest of World and focused on Latin America. Schwartz has also worked as web editor for North American Congress on Latin America.

Gabrielle Saulsbery is the newest reporter to join Banking Dive, Industry Dive's sister publication. She comes to the outlet from NJBiz, where she spent five years covering a variety of topics, including law, retail, food, and small business.

Adweek has promoted Jason Lynch to editor. In his new role, he will oversee the magazine and digital covers and will take a bigger role moderating event. Lynch has been at Adweek since 2015, when he joined as a TV writer. Since then, he has served as senior TV editor and media editor at the title. Lynch has also previously contributed to The Daily Beast, Quartz, and Parade.

Jill Cornfield is the new deputy editor of Money magazine. She joins the outlet from Investopedia, where she was a senior editor for personal finance. Prior to that, Cornfield was a self-employed digital creator and some of her clients included Wall Street Journal Custom Studios and Time Out New York Kids. Before that, she was the lead writer on partnerships with fintech at CNBC.

Fortune has hired Justin Doom as an editor. He was most recently the U.S. news editor at Decrypt and before that served as editor and writing coach at ABC News. Doom has also contributed to The Atlantic for three years and served as adjunct professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

Dhruv Mehrotra has joined WIRED as a data reporter working with technology to tell big stories about law enforcement, privacy and security.  Most recently, he worked in the same capacity at the Center for Investigative Reporting. Previously, Mehrotra worked at Gizmodo as an investigative data reporter/technologist.

Barron’s has promoted Daren Fonda to managing editor. He spent the past nine months as crypto and finance editor at Barron’s and has been on staff since 2018, when he joined as senior special writer. Prior to that, Fonda worked for Kiplinger, AssetGrade LLC, and Fidelity Investments.

Sofia Gonzalez has joined the Houston Business Journal as a reporter covering economic development, education and diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. She joins the Biz Journal from Community Impact, where she covered economic development and new business around the Houston area. Prior to that, Gonzalez held an internship at Houstonia Magazine.

Anna Oakes has been promoted to editor of Quartz at Work. She spent the past nine months as the chief people officer at Quartz. Oakes previously ran her own company, Oakes Co., offering strategic consulting and leadership coaching.

Financial Planning has recruited Victoria Zhuang as a reporter. Most recently, she wrapped up an internship at Dow Jones News Fund, where she was a business reporting intern for American Banker. Prior to that, Zhuang was a freelance arts and culture writer for the Boston Globe.

Dana Gerber has joined The Boston Globe as a reporter on the business news desk; she started Sept. 6. Gerber joined the paper after completely an internship on the entertainment desk of the Dallas Morning News. Gerber has also been published in Cosmopolitan,, Bethesda Magazine, and Boston Magazine.

The Information has announced two editorial staff updates:

  • Jon Victor will re-join the tech site in October as a San Francisco-based reporter covering Alphabet, the parent company of Google. He is currently wrapping up his duties as a fintech reporter at The Logic in Montreal, Canada, and before that worked for The Canadian Press as a business reporter. Victor's first reporting stint at The Information was from 2018 to 2019.
  • Reporter Becky Peterson now covers Tesla, SpaceX and all things Elon Musk. She has been on staff since May and has since covered technology, finance and cryptocurrencies. Prior to The Information, Peterson was a tech reporter at Insider.

CNBC's digital newsroom has made several editorial staff announcements:

  • Chelsey Cox joined the politics team as a general assignment reporter with a focus on the economy and breaking news. She previously covered politics for USA Today as a breaking news and general assignment reporter.
  • Joy-Marie Scott has joined the newsroom as a news editor on the Hotseat Team. For the past eight years, she worked at the San Antonio Express-News.
  • Carmen Reinicke has joined the newsroom as markets reporter. She was previously covered personal finance for CNBC's Invest in You financial literacy initiative and has been at the network since 2020.  

Lilia Luciano has taken on a new role at CBS News. She has relocated to the New York bureau of the network and will report for CBS’ Northeast Bureau for all programs and will contribute to the CBS News Streaming Network. Luciano had been reporting out of the West Coast for CBS News and—most recently—has covered the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. She spent more than three years at Tegna before joining CBS News in 2020.

ABC News has hired Jay O'Brien as a reporter based in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was an investigative reporter for WPEC in West Palm Beach, Florida, and before that spent a couple of years as ab anchor at KAGS-TV in Texas.

Steven Romo has been named correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. He has been freelancing as an anchor/correspondent for NBC News, MSNBC and NBC News NOW since October 2021, and before hat anchored and reported for ABC 13 in Houston.

Stacey Vanek Smith has moved to NPR's Business Desk as a global economics correspondent. This is a one-year assignment for her and started on Sept. 12. She joins the desk after nearly a decade at NPR, where she has served as a correspondent and host for the award-winning Planet Money podcast and was one of the founding hosts of Planet Money’s daily Indicator podcast. Prior to NPR, Vanek Smith worked at Marketplace as a host and correspondent.

NewsNation has continued its expansion and announced the addition of two journalists:

  • Jake Novak has joined the cable news network as deputy managing editor, based in the New York Bureau. He has been the executive producer of financial news TV programs, an editorial columnist, podcaster and political analyst for 28 years. He’s created a variety of successful shows, including CNN’s “In the Money” and FOX Business’ “Varney and Company.” He was also an executive producer and senior editorial columnist at CNBC for six years. 
  • Ali Bradley has joined the network as a Southwest correspondent, based in Phoenix, Arizona. Over the last 12 years, she served as an anchor at K2TV in Casper, Wyoming; WTOL in Toledo, Ohio; WMPT Fox 43 in York, Pennsylvania and at KCPQ Q13 Fox in Seattle.

NBC premier magazine "Dateline" has welcomed Maria Roach as a producer. She most recently was an executive producer of special projects at the Black News Channel. Roach has also served as an independent media strategist, a producer for PBS series "The Contenders - 16 for 16," and a field producer for BET Talks Black.

NBC News has added three journalists to its business, technology, and innovation desk:

  • Brian Cheung will join the staff Sept. 19 as a business and data reporter. His will cover the current state of the American economy as it emerges from a global pandemic and as the midterms approach. Previously, Cheung was a writer and on-air reporter at Yahoo Finance.
  • Laura Wides-Muñoz joined the team Sept. 6 as senior tech investigations editor. Most recently, she was the deputy Washington bureau chief of the Los Angeles Times, and before that worked for ABC News in D.C. as executive editor.
  • Candace Kuo has returned to NBC News after a ten-year stint as a producer for the Today show. In her new role she will provide content across all NBC News video programs. Kuo has been at NBC since 2008. 

Amy Qin has joined WBEZ-FM, the NPR station in Chicago, as data reporter. She was previously part of a grant-funded team at the Arizona Republic covering housing insecurity and homelessness. Prior to that, Qin was an intern for Block Club Chicago, and has also worked in product strategy for Politico.  

CNN has promoted Alison Main to producer for "Inside Politics." She was most recently a writer/producer for CNN's Boris Sanchez and also produced segments for "New Day Weekend."  Main joined the network in 2019 as a desk assistant and before that interned for Crooked Media.

Deepa Fernandes has joined NPR and WBUR-FM in Boston as a co-host of "Here & Now," the live midday news program distributed nationwide. She is the show's third host and will make her debut on Oct. 10 alongside Robin Young and Scott Tong. Fernandes joins "Here & Now" from the San Francisco Chronicle where she was an immigration correspondent and senior newsroom adviser on race and equity. Prior to that, she was a freelance correspondent for KCET-TV, BBC, PRI, NPR, and Marketplace. 


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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.