Nov 04, 2022 / in Media Moves USMedia Blog / by Anna Marevska

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The Associated Press has promoted three to deputy news directors:

  • Kim Johnson Flodin has been named U.S. news director based in Chicago. She is responsible for managing breaking news assignments. Johnson Flodin joined the AP in 2000 as a staff photographer and editor in Los Angeles and has been the deputy news director for newsgathering and photos for the central U.S. since 2019.
  • Frank Baker have been named as deputy U.S. news director based in Los Angeles. His history with the AP spans more than three decades and he has been the California news editor since 2011.
  • Sarah Rafi has been appointed deputy U.S. news director overseeing reporting teams. She works with teams of journalists covering beats and topics that intersect regularly with the biggest stories, including race and ethnicity, immigration, state government and law enforcement. Sarah has been the deputy director for newsgathering for the central U.S. since 2018. She joined the AP in 2001 as a general assignment reporter in Cleveland.

Dotdash Meredith has named Grace Smith as a commerce writer across Real Simple, Southern Living, and Better Homes and Gardens. In her new role, she oversees news, deals, and first-person reviews. Smith also covers commerce, travel, style, and lifestyle as a freelance writer for other titles.

Slate has hired Shirin Ali as an associate writer for news and politics. She spent the past year at The Hill as a staff writer and before that worked as a news associate for CNN, where she reporter for the trends team. Ali [previously interned at The Fulcrum.US.

Vox has promoted Melinda Fakuade to staff editor for culture and features, upped from associate editor. She has been at Vox since 2020 when she joined the staff as a fellow. Prior to that, Fakuada was a pop culture blogger at The Cut and an intern at The Outline.

Loren Brutsch has been named associate commerce editor for Health and Verywell Health, both titles under the Dotdash Meredith umbrella. She will oversee commerce content for both. Most recently, Brutsch was a senior copywriter at Comcast and before that was a content strategist at LIFX in Melbourne, Australia.

The Oregonian has hired Gosia Wozniacka as an environmental justice reporter. She will cover how climate change and legacy pollution impacts communities of color and other vulnerable groups. Wozniacka was most recently a reporter at Civil Eats, where she reported on food justice, agriculture, the environment, and farmworker/immigration issues. She also previously freelanced for the Associated Press.

Lowen Liu has joined The New York Times's The Upshot as deputy editor. He comes to the paper from Slate, where he worked for 12 years, serving at various times as its deputy editor, managing editor and copy chief. Liu also co-edited Season 4 of “Slow Burn,” Slate’s flagship narrative podcast, on the rise of David Duke, and the first two seasons of “One Year,” a podcast that explores America’s history, one year at a time.

BDG has promoted Michelle Toglia to executive editor of Elite Daily. Most recently, she served as the deputy lifestyle editor of Bustle and has been at BDG since 2015. Prior to that, Toglia was an editor at Tango Media and an associate editor at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.

Joi-Marie McKenzie Lewis has been promoted to editor in chief of Insider's Life division. She joined the outlet two years ago as the deputy editor for entertainment. Before that McKenzie Lewis had worked at Essence, Good Morning America, and ABC News. 

Emily Dattilo has joined Barron’s as trending news reporter. She comes to the outlet from Financial Advisor IQ -- a special publication at The Financial Times --  where she covered the registered investment advisor/custodians beat and wrote about mergers & acquisitions, succession plans, ESG, technology and the psychology of finance.

The Washington Post has recruited Evelyn Larrubia as an investigative editor for technology and business, leading a team of journalists who will report on the influence of money and technology on our government and the world. She joins The Post after three years as managing editor of investigations at the Markup, a nonprofit newsroom founded in 2018 to investigate how powerful institutions use technology to shape society. Before the Markup, Larrubia was executive editor of public radio’s “Marketplace” and led news and investigations at KPCC, the NPR news station in Los Angeles. 

Amanda Glodowski has been promoted to assistant managing editor at Crain's New York Business. She was most recently the data editor at the publication and also edited Health Pulse, a daily newsletter examining the business of healthcare in the New York area. Prior to Crain's, Glodowski was a fellow at CNN.

Bloomberg has moved Amanda Albright to report on the wealth team. She now covers billionaires, family offices and CEO comp. Previously, Albright was covering municipal bonds, state budgets, pandemic relief aid and Wall Street banks' public finance divisions. She joined Bloomberg in 2016.

Adolfo Flores has joined The Wall Street Journal as a Texas-based reporter. He spent the past eight years at BuzzFeed News covering immigration and national security. Prior to that, Flores spent a couple of years at the Los Angeles Times.

The Houston Business Journal has tapped Jishnu Nair as technology and innovations reporter. He comes to the publication from Community Impact Newspaper, where he was a metro reporter for a little over a year. Before that, Nair spent time in TV news and served as a digital content producer for WHP-TV in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

James McCandless has joined the San Antonio Business Journal as a commercial real estate reporter. He was previously a fellow at Newsweek and covered the automotive industry. Prior to that, McCandless spent three years reporting for Distressed Debt Daily and Preferred Stock Daily newsletters.

Lisa Bennatan has joined Cheddar News as a reporter. She was previously an associate producer and a writer at Fox News and before that served as a video journalist a The Daily Caller. Before that, Bennatan was an on-air host at Bleav Podcast Network.

CNN has hired Sara Fischer as an on-air contributor on the media beat. She spent the past six years covering the media at Axios, and will continue to oversee Axios’ media coverage, including writing her weekly newsletter. At CNN she will report on corporate media, technology, deals, entertainment, media regulation, and consumer habits. She will continue to cover CNN and its parent company Warner Bros. Discovery.

Amanda Terkel will join NBC News Digital in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 14 as senior politics editor. She will oversee the network’s coverage of campaigns and the breaking politics news team. Terkel joins NBC News from HuffPost, where she was most recently editorial director and Washington bureau chief. She spent 12 years at HuffPost and also edited and wrote stories about people across the political spectrum. She also moderated forums for Democratic presidential candidates in 2020, including one hosted by HuffPost and AFSCME that featured Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and more.

NPR will welcome Sadie Babits on Nov. 21 as supervising climate editor. She is currently the board president for the Society of Environmental Journalists, North America’s largest nonprofit dedicated to supporting environmental journalists. Babits joins NPR from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix where she’s been a professor of practice.

WNJU-TV, the Telemundo station in New York, has hired Isabel Peralta-Hill as a general assignment reporter. She joined the station from Univision 41 in New Jersey, where she covered the Tri-State area as a freelance reporter since 2019. Before that, she was a freelance reporter for WNJU’s sister station Telemundo 51 in Miami.

Brennon Gurley has joined KYTX-TV, the CBS station in Tyler, Texas as co-anchor of the evening news. He will co-anchor the evening news alongside Marangeli Lopez at 6, 6:30 and 10 p.m. Most recently, Gurley was a multimedia journalist at Spectrum News 1 in Kentucky.

WCAU-TV, the NBC station in Philadelphia, has hired Brenna Weick as a general assignment reporter for the weekend morning newscasts. She joins the station from WBBH-TV in Ft. Myers, Florida where she was a reporter and anchor for the past five years. Before that, she was as a correspondent for SNJ Today.

Kimberly Adams has joined Bloomberg Radio as a host based in New York. She will deliver business reports on affiliates including KYW and will also be heard on WBZ in Boston and KMOX in St. Louis, among other stations. Adams was most recently an anchor at Audacy-owned all-news KYW Radio in Philadelphia.


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