Oct 07, 2022 / in Media Moves USMedia Blog / by Anna Marevska

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The New York Times has announced new coverage and responsibilities for several of its staff:

  • Troy Closson will now focus on the education beat, focusing on the New York City school system. He spent the past year as a Metro reporter and joined The Times in 2020 as a reporting fellow.
  • Ashley Southall now covers cannabis industry as city cannabis correspondent; she will work with Zeke Minaya in the Future of New York pod. For the past six years, Southall has covered the police department, eventually becoming the Metro police bureau chief. She joined the paper in 2008 as a news clerk.  
  • Jason Bailey has joined the Culture desk as an editor assisting in breaking news coverage. He spent the past three years as the night editor on National and joined The Times in 2016 as a copy editor in Sports before moving on to editing assignments on the Express and Flex desks.

Enrique Limón has been named editor in chief of the Chicago Reader, the alternative weekly paper which recently turned nonprofit. He begins his new duties on Oct. 3. Most recently, Limón led the Independent en Espanol, the latest international endeavor from The Independent, created to serve the Latin American audience in the U.S. and other Spanish-speaking markets across the globe. Before that, he was the editor in chief of Salt Lake City Weekly and the deputy editor for the Santa Fe Reporter.

Michael Elsen-Rooney has joined Chalkbeat as a New York schools reporter. He previously covered education for the New York Daily News, Columbia Journalism School's Teacher Project and The Hechinger Report. He is also a former high school Spanish teacher and afterschool program administrator.

POLITICO magazine has promoted three editors:

  • Bill Duryea has been named deputy editor for features, overseeing the magazine’s reported and narrative work. He most recently oversaw the magazine’s signature Friday Read pipeline and has been on staff since 2015. Prior to that, Duryea was an editor at the Tampa Bay Times for three decades.
  • Maura Reynolds, who is currently on the Politics team, will return to the magazine after the midterms in November as deputy editor for ideas, overseeing the magazine’s ideas, analysis and opinion coverage. She joined POLITICO in 2015 as a White House editor and before that worked for Bloomberg LP and Congressional Quarterly.
  • Teresa Wiltz has become the deputy editor for special projects, overseeing reported series as well as the magazine’s feature newsletters, The Recast and Women Rule. She has been on staff since 2020 and most recently served as a senior editor. Before that, Wiltz had worked at The Washington Post’s Style Section, The Chicago Tribune, Essence, The Root and Stateline.

Annie Blay has joined Allure as associate beauty editor. She covers beauty trends and writes evergreen stories, features, and general product reviews. Blay was most recently an associate beauty news editor at The Zoe Report and before that served as the social media coordinator for Moda Operandi.

Mashable has promoted Jae Thomas to deputy shopping editor, upped from shopping reporter. She has been at the site since 202o and joined the staff as an editorial shopping fellow. Thomas had previously interned at New York Magazine and Marie Claire.

The Dallas Morning News has hired Leezel Tanglao as senior digital director. She oversees the newsroom’s research, audience and breaking and trending teams, and partners closely with the marketing and subscription and newsletter departments. Tanglao joins the paper from The Points Guy, where she was director of audience insights and innovation. Prior to that, she has worked at HuffPost, ABC News and The Associated Press.

Nicolás Rivero is the new climate reporter for the Miami Herald. He was previously a reporter at Quartz and has covered transportation with a technology and climate focus since he joined the outlet in 2018. Prior to that, Rivero interned at Mental Floss and Miami New Times.

Morning Brew has hired Jeff Elder as editor of the Incrypto newsletter. He joins the publication from the San Francisco Examiner, where he was a senior tech reporter and columnist writing about cryptocurrency, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and the future of work. Before that Elder was a correspondent for Business Insider, and editor for the Salesforce Blog, and a reporter for The Wall Street Journal.

Madison Marriage has been named special investigations editor at the Financial Times, leading a newly created investigations team of three reporters. She joined the FT ten years ago as a reporter, becoming asset management correspondent in 2015, tax and accounting correspondent in 2017 and investigations correspondent in 2019.

STAT has recruited Sarah Todd as an assignment editor. She spent the past seven years at Quartz, most recently a senior reporter. As a freelancer her work has appeared in publications including The Atlantic, Salon, Inc., American Banker, The Billfold, The Hairpin, among others. Todd has also served as deputy editor of BankThink, American Banker's blog about ideas, trends, and other developments in the financial services industry.

BuzzFeed News has recruited Mark Yarm as technology editor. He was previously a features editor at Input Magazine and before that worked freelance for the New Yorker, the New York Times, WSJ Magazine, Wired, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Time, Vulture, GQ.com, Bloomberg Businessweek online, The Guardian and CNN.com.

Justin Dawes has joined travel industry site Skift to cover global travel technology and startups. He joins the site from the Albany Business Review, where he covered tech, startups, cannabis, and healthcare. Prior to that, Dawes was a staff writer for Grand Rapids Magazine in Michigan, and also a reporter for the Grand Rapids Business Journal.

Gizmodo has hired Thomas Germain as a senior technology reporter. He spent the past four-and-a-half years ay Consumer Reports, most recently as senior tech reporter covering privacy, digital rights, and the life on the internet. Prior to that, Germain was the editor in chief of The Federalist, Columbia University's satirical newspaper.

Beth Kowitt will join Bloomberg Opinion in New York on Oct. 31 as a senior columnist covering corporate America. She is currently a senior editor at Fortune, where she has worked since 2008 and primarily covers the business of food and consumer behavior, workplace culture, and leadership and management issues. Kowitt also co-edits Fortune's annual Most Powerful Women in Business issue. 

CNN Business has promoted David Goldman to executive editor; he will oversee markets, companies, strategy and business coverage. Goldman has been the managing editor at CNN Business since January 2020 and oversaw the business news desk.  He joined the network in 2007 as a staff reporter.

Lynette Romero has joined KNBC-TV, the NBC station in Los Angeles, as a morning anchor and reporter for the "Today in LA" morning show. Romero will anchor NBC4’s weekday newscast from 4:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. alongside co-anchor Adrian Arambulo, Meteorologist Belen De Leon, and Traffic Anchor Robin Winston. Her first day on-air will be October 10. Romero joins NBC4 after a long career at KTLA Los Angeles where she anchored just about every newscast, most recently serving as weekend anchor for its morning newscast.

Tom Liddy is the new managing editor of ABCNews.com. Liddy most recently served as the deputy managing editor for ABC News Digital and has been on staff since 2015.  During his time at ABC News, he served as the evening editor and the senior editor as well.

Marissa Parra has joined NBC News as a Washington, D.C., correspondent. She will report across all NBC News and MSNBC platforms. Parra comes from CBS-owned WBBM in Chicago, where she spent the past three years as a general assignment reporter. Before joining WBBM, she worked as a freelance producer for ABC News’ Washington, D.C. bureau.

KCPQ-TV, the Fox station in Seattle, has tapped Brian Jackson as an evening anchor. He will anchor the 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. broadcasts. Jackson was most recently at WTXL-TV in Tallahassee, Florida, where he was a morning news anchor since 2019. Prior to that, he was a sports anchor/reporter at WJXT-TV in Jacksonville, Florida.

Natalie Morales has been named a correspondent at CBS News. She starts November 1 and will work on 48 Hours, CBS Mornings, CBS Sunday Morning and other CBS programs. Morales is a host on the CBS daytime show The Talk and will continue in that role. Morales was the West Coast anchor for NBC’s Today prior to joining CBS in 2021, was a correspondent for Dateline NBC and anchored Behind Closed Doors with Natalie Morales on Reelz.

CNBC.com has hired Stefan Sykes as a reporter covering companies in the beverages, tobacco and firearms space. He comes to CNBC from NBC, where he started as a news associate. In that role and others with NBC he wrote articles for the company’s digital breaking news, investigations and social newsgathering teams.

Justin Dorsey has joined KBTX-TV, the CBS affiliate for Bryan College in Bryan, Texas, as a morning anchor. Dorsey has previously reported for Fox Carolina WHNS Greenville, South Carolina, and BRC13 Scranton, Pennsylvania.



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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.