Media Moves at Forbes, WNYC Public Radio, HuffPo & The Verge, Promotions at INSIDER, The Advocate
March 17, 2023
Esme Mazzeo has been promoted to entertainment reporter at Insider, upped from junior entertainment reporter. She has been at Insider since 2021, when she joined as a TV/entertainment fellow. Before that, Mazzeo was a TV writer at Bustle Media and freelanced for Static Media.
Forbes has welcomed Astrid Taran as a senior travel writer to cover hotels, destinations, cruises, tours and gear. She spent the past seven years at Dotdash Meredith, most recently as senior editor of TripSavvy. She has also served as a social media editor, senior social media editor and special projects editor for TripSavvy. Before that, Taran worked at ABC News, Nickelodeon and NBCUniversal.
John Casey has been promoted to senior editor and full-time contributor at The Advocate. He is a PR veteran, with stints on Capitol Hill, the UN, Toys "R" Us, Sears Holdings, Macy's and most recently with Nielsen. For the past four years, Casey has written a twice a week column for The Advocate about societal, political and trending news topics, and issues related to the LGBTQ+ community.
Punchbowl News has tapped Mica Soellner as a Congress reporter. She was previously a Capitol Hill reporter at The Washington Times and before that was a breaking news reporter at the Washington Examiner. Soellner has also reported for USA Today Network, Vox Magazine and PolitiFact.
The Los Angeles Times has named Cindy Carcamo food writer. She will focus on how food intersects with immigration policy, labor issues, agriculture, economics and the environment. Carcamo was previously an immigration writer covering immigration issues with a focus on Latino communities. She has been at the LA Times since 2012 and before that spent nine years at The Orange County Register.
David Jesse will join The Chronicle of Higher Education at the end of March, where he will cover college leadership. He is currently wrapping up his duties as higher education reporter at the Detroit Free Press, where he has been since 2011.
John Miller has been appointed managing editor of both the Post Register and Rexburg Standard Journal in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He succeeds Monte LaOrange, who retired Feb 28 after a 37-year career. Miller joined Adams Publishing Group — East Idaho & Utah in 2019 when it launched the Bingham News Chronicle. Before that, he had a stint running the Blackford Morning News. Miller has held the dual roles of Bingham News Chronicle managing editor and Post Register city editor/editorial writer since January 2022.
Brit + Co has named Haley Sprankle content editor. She was most recently a product writer at WIRED, where she pitched and wrote articles, buying guides and reviews. Before that, Sparankle was an editor at Policygenious Inc, am updates writer at Wirecutter, and an entertainment news writer at VH1.
Adam Sternbergh has joined The New York Times Opinion as a culture editor in the guest essay operation. Most recently, he’s served as deputy editor on the Narrative Projects desk. Sternbergh's career started at Toronto Life magazine and has run through National Post and New York magazine.
V Magazine and VMAN have appointed Marissa Lee fashion coordinator and assistant to the editor in chief. She joins the magazines from ELLE, where she spent the past year as the assistant to the fashion director. Before that, Lee interned at Rise & Set Marketing and Mission Magazine.
HuffPost has tapped Taiyler S. Mitchell as an associate breaking news reporter based in Los Angeles. She spent the past year-and-a-half at Insider as a junior reporter and an LA news fellow. Before that, Mitchell interned at ID and Sodexo.
Ledyard King has joined the National Journal as daily managing editor. He joins the paper from USA Today, where he was the assistant Washington editor in charge of the Congress team. Before that, King reported for the Virginia Pilot, the South Florida Sun Sentinel, and the Palm Beach Post.
Adi Robertson has taken on a new role at The Verge as senior editor for tech and policy. She joined the outlet in 2011 as a news writer and has since reported on tech policy, video games, virtual and augmented reality, biohacking, and tech history. Before that, Robertson worked at Infosnap Online Solutions.
The Houston Business Journal has recruited Brianna Griff as an associate editor. She joins the outlet from the Houston Chronicle, where she was a homepage editor and reporter. Griff is also a consultant at BMG Marketing and also worked at PBS and the National Journal.
Rob Daumeyer has been promoted to vice president of news and content of American City Business Journals. In this role, he will oversee the company’s re-envisioned and reorganized national editorial team. Daumeyer is the longtime editor of the Cincinnati Business Courier, a position he has held since 1977.
Debtwire has welcomed Kellie Ell as senior investigative reporter covering retail and consumer-facing companies. She will particularly focus on restructuring, debt, bankruptcies, leveraged buyouts and mergers/acquisitions. Ell comes to the site from WWD where she was a financial retail reporter. Before that, she worked for CNBC and covered retail apparel, automobiles and motorcycles, cryptocurrencies, and the market.
Nusaiba Mizan joined the Houston Chronicle as a reporter on the Business desk, where she covers community businesses and wealth. She was previously a PolitiFact Texas reporter for the Austin American-Statesman, and before that served as a business reporter for the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Prairie Business magazine has tapped Carrie McDermott as managing editor. She starts March 20. Most recently, McDermott was the managing editor of the Wahpeton Daily News in Wahpeton, North Dakota. She has been at the paper since 2011 and before that spent 17 years at The Press-Enterprise, a regional newspaper in Southern California. Prairie Business magazine covers business news in North Dakota, South Dakota and Western Minnesota.
Michelle Chan has joined The International Financing Review (IFR) at Refinitiv as a New York-based reporter covering ESG and sustainable financing. She was previously a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, where she covered the U.S.-China financial markets.
Mahira Dayal will join Bloomberg Law at the end of March as a reporter. She was previously a reporter at The Information and reported on startups, venture capital and social media companies. Dayal graduated from Columbia University with a master’s degree in data journalism.
The Deal has recruited Quratulain Tejani as a reporter covering deals in the financial services and fintech sectors. She joins the outlet after completing an internship at the New York Post, where she reported breaking news stories on Wall Street, Silicon Valley and the retail and energy world. Before that, Tejani interned at Barron's Advisor.
Sandra Ali has joined CBS News Detroit as a weekday anchor of the 5-7 a.m. broadcast. She also will anchor the 7-8 a.m. streaming newscast that debuted earlier this month and eventually the 8-9 a.m. newscast as more hours of live online content are added soon. Ali previously spent 13 years at Detroit's WDIV-TV Local 4 News and led the weekend 6 and 11 p.m. broadcasts.
CNN has promoted Paul LeBlanc to breaking news reporter on the Politics team. Before that, he was a reporter on the team, based in Washington, D.C., and prior to that worked on the Nation Desks out of Atlanta, Georgia, helping in the lead up to the 2016 elections.
Matt Dixon will join NBC News April 3 as a senior national politics reporter. He will be covering the 2024 elections and all things politics out Tallahassee, Florida. Dixon is currently wrapping up his duties as an enterprise reporter at the Florida Times-Union, a position he has held since 2010.
NPR has named Michel Martin co-host of "Morning Edition" and the "Up First" podcast, effective March 27. She was most recently the weekend host of "All Things Considered" and "Consider This" podcast and wrapped up her duties on March 12. Martin rejoined NPR in 2006 to launch "Tell me More" and has been the ATL host since 2015.
WNYC Public Radio in New York has haired Giulia Heyward as a general assignment reporter on the People & Power desk, helping with coverage of how state and local policies affect New Yorkers. She joins the station from NPR, where she covered breaking news for the website and also contributed to the radio broadcast. Heyward previously worked at The New York Times, where she covered national news and education as a 2021-2022 reporting fellow.
Elina Shirazi has joined WJLA-TV, the ABC station in Washington, D.C., as a news reporter. She spent the past four years at Fox News in Miami and before that worked for WDVM-TV in Virginia.
KPRC-TV, the NBC affiliate in Houston, Texas, has welcomed Corley Peel as a reporter. She joins the station after working for Graham Media Group sister-station News4JAX WJXT in Jacksonville, Florida as weekend morning anchor/reporter.
KVIA-TV, the ABC station in El Paso, Texas, has announced several staff updates for its "Good Moring El Paso Weekend" program:
- Sarah Coria has joined the broadcast as a reporter and multimedia journalist, replacing Wil Herren, who was the station's weekend forecaster/reporter and left for KADN News 15 Lafayette, LA to be its sports director. Coria joined KVIA-TV as an intern.
- Jason McNabb joined the "Good Morning El Paso Weekend" team as co-anchor. He's been a KVIA multimedia journalist since 2022.
Media Moves at The New York Times, The Mercury News & Detroit Free Press, New Editor in Chief at The San Francisco Standard
March 10, 2023
The New York Times has promoted two on the Well desk:
- Dani Blum has been promoted to a reporter on the Well desk and will coverer news and trends. She was previously an associate reporter and joined The Times as a news assistant for the Parenting product in 2019.
- Alisha Haridasani Gupta has joined the desk full time as a reporter. She will be focusing on women’s health, inequity in health care, and trends. She has been a gender reporter at The Times since 2019 and before that worked as associate producer at CNN.
Julie Makinen has joined The San Francisco Standard as editor in chief. Most recently, she was the executive editor of The Desert Sun and the California editor at the USA Today Network. Makinen has also previously held editorial positions at the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and the Washington Post.
CalMatters has tapped Adam Ashton as deputy news editor. He joined the outlet from The Sacramento Bee where most recently he was an assistant managing editor. Ashton has also served as military reporter at The News Tribune and a reporter on McClatchy's foreign staff.
Nancy Kaffer has been named editorial page editor of the Detroit Free Press. She is the first woman in the newspaper’s 191-year history to hold that title. Kaffer has been at the Free Press for more than a decade and during this time has been a columnist and member of the editorial board. Before that, she reported for Crain's Detroit Business, the Hattiesburg American, and the Detroit Metro Times.
Jason Mastrodonato has joined The Mercury News as an enterprise/general assignment reporter covering the Bay Area. He joins the paper from the Boston Herald, where he spent the past eight years as a sports reporter and columnist. Before that, Mastrodonato was a sports columnist at the Boston Globe.
The News & Observer has promoted Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan to Capitol bureau chief and will take the lead in covering the politics of North Carolina’s legislative and executive branches. Most recently, Baumgartner Vaughan was a reporter at the paper and has been on staff since 2016. Prior to that, she was a general assignment reporter at The Herald-Sun in Durham, North Carolina.
Kay Steiger is the new politics editor at POLITICO. She joins the magazine from Grid, where she has served in several editorial positions including, most recently, as managing editor, and politics and ideas editor before that. Steiger has also previously worked as a deputy politics editor and Washington editor at Vox.com.
InStyle has tapped Jailynn Taylor as commerce fashion and beauty writer. She is also a freelance writer with bylines at NYLON, Insider, Elite Daily, and Hair.com, and has also contributed to Byrdie.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has promoted Greg Borowski to executive editor, the top editorial position at the paper. He succeeds George Stanley, who retired at the end of last year. Borowski's career at the Sentinel spans more than 24 years; most recently he was deputy editor of news, projects and investigations. He joined the paper in 1998 as a political reporter after spending six years as state government reporter at the Lansing State Journal in Michigan.
Hannah Yasharoff is now the wellness and celebrity culture reporter at USA Today. She spent the past year as the celebrity culture reporter at paper and covered red carpet events and celebrity culture. Yasharoff has been on staff since 2018 when she joined the staff as an intern.
Axios has hired Maria Cristina Curi as tech policy reporter based on Capitol Hill. She will also assist on the launch a new tech policy newsletter. Most recently, Curi was a tech reporter at Bloomberg News and before that covered cybersecurity, telecom and the FCC for Bloomberg Law.
Siddhartha Mahanta will join Bloomberg News March 20 as senior editor on the Americas editing hub. He joins Bloomberg from Project Brazen, a studio run by ex-WSJ reporters Bradley Hope and Tom Wright. Before that, Mahanta was at The New York Times, commissioning essays for their opinion section on business, economics and technology. He has also worked for The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and Business Insider.
The New York Times has relocated Rich Barbieri to Seoul to oversee business and economic coverage in Asia as deputy editor. Most recently he was the deputy business editor in New York and joined The Times in 2019 from CNN Business where he was the executive editor for more than a decade.
Richa Naik has joined The Wall Street Journal as executive producer of YouTube. She will help establish the editorial and creative vision for the Journal’s YouTube presence and lead a team of video journalists. Naik joins The Journal after a decade at CNN, where she held various posts including, production assistant, associate producer for CNN Business, producer for CNN Business and senior producer for CNN+ and CNN Digital.
Bloomberg News has announced several staff moves across the organization:
- Austin Weinstein has joined to cover the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in its Washington bureau. He was previously an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, where he worked for Sen. Jon Ossoff on Senate Banking Committee issues.
- Crystal Tse has taken over as the Bloomberg Deals activism reporter in the US. She joined Bloomberg as an intern in 2016 and has since covering equity capital markets in Asia, including public and private fundraising and related market regulations.
- Alexandra Semenova has joined Bloomberg as markets reporter. Most recently, she was a reporter at Yahoo Finance and MandateWire.
Law360 Pulse — Law360's news service exploring and analyzing the business of law — has promoted Michele Gorman to editor at large on the corporate counsel beat. In her new role, Gorman authors a regular column called "In and Out," delivers enterprise reporting, works closely with junior reporters and shapes the direction of Law360 Pulse's coverage. Gorman joined Law360 in 2017 as a senior reporter covering in-house counsel and has worked at Newsweek, msnbc.com and The Boston Globe.
Travis Waldron has joined Bloomberg News as an editor on the politics and economy desk in Brasilia, Brazil. He spent the past eight years at the HuffPost most recently as enterprise politics reporter in Washington, D.C. Waldron previously reported for ThinkProgress, The Atlantic, and Columbian Journalism Review.
MSNBC has tapped Alexandra Hazlett as director of platforms. In her new role, she will manage the team responsible for the distribution of the network’s content on owned and social platforms. Hazlett has also worked at Mashable for more than six years and has also freelanced for The Cut, Mashable, NBC News Digital and Chalkbeat.
CBS News has announced two new roles for two of its staff:
- Elise Preston has been promoted to full time news correspondent after being a CBS News freelance reporter.
- Kris Van Cleave is now senior transportation correspondent. He will remain in Phoenix, where he’s been based out of since September 2022.
Kevin Flynn has been named executive producer of “Halftime Report” on CNBC. Most recently, he was the executive producer of “Closing Bell: Overtime,” and before that served as executive producer of “Fast Money,” “Options Action,” “ETF Edge,” and “Trading Nation.” Flynn joined CNBC in 2010 as a senior producer.
Chicago's ABC station WLS-TV has announced two anchor promotions:
- Rob Elgas has been named evening anchor alongside Cheryl Burton on the station’s 10 p.m. newscast. He will continue to co-anchor the 4 p.m. newscast with Judy Hsu and the 7 p.m. live stream newscast with Burton. Elgas has been at WLS since 2015.
- Ravi Baichwal has moved from weekend evening anchor duties to weekdays and will co-anchor the station’s 5 p.m. newscast with Cheryl Burton and 6 p.m. newscast with Judy Hsu. Baichwal joined WLS in 2006 as anchor of the station’s 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. weekend evening news.
Darryl Burke has joined WHNT-TV, the ABC station in Huntsville, Alabama, as multimedia journalist and reporter. Most recently, he interned with the ESPN 106.3 radio program in West Palm Beach, Florida. Burke is a 2021 graduate from Florida Atlantic University.
Jared Marcelle has returned to WNYC public radio in New York as a reporter/producer on the newsroom’s podcast team. In this new role, he helps create the sound of the newsroom’s narrative initiatives, report and produce local stories, and assist in building out upcoming local podcast programs. Marcelle returns to WNYC after getting his start in audio storytelling as an assistant producer for WNYC’s Radio Rookies program in 2016.
KOLR-TV, the CBS station in Springfield, Missouri, has hired Harrison Keegan as assistant news director. Most recently, he was an editor and ‘content coach’ for the Springfield News-Leader.
Media Moves at Vulture, The Daily Beast & The Assembly, STAT Hires First Op-Ed Editor
March 3, 2023
The Assembly has made three new staff appointments:
- Michael L. Hewlett has joined the staff as criminal justice reporter in North Carolina. He spent the past 13 years as legal affairs reporter at the Winston-Salem Journal.
- Carli Brosseau will join the staff in North Carolina in April as an investigative reporter. She has been working as a data reporter at The News & Observer since 2018 and before that worked at The Oregonian in the same capacity.
- Ren Larson has joined the North Carolina team as an investigative reporter. She was previously a data reporter at the Texas Tribune and before that worked at The Arizona Prepubic as data journalist.
Sierra Lyons has joined the Miami Herald as multimedia climate reporter. Most recently she was an investigative intern at NPR and is also a freelance writer covering race, religion, politics, and Christianity. Her words have appeared in Teen Vogue, The Washington Post, the New York Magazine and HuffPost.
James Grebey has stepped in as Vulture's recommendations editor for the next several months. He is a well-established entrainment and culture freelance writer and has written for SYFY WIRE, Billboard, GQ, Vulture, Polygon, Decider, Rotten Tomatoes, and the Columbia Journalism Review. Grebey has also previously served as entertainment news editor at Inverse.com and a staff writer for the INSIDER.
Highsnobiety has launched its Beauty vertical and has named Alexandra Pauly as beauty editor. She was previously a style writer at the site and wrote beauty, style and culture stories. Prior to that, Pauly was the editor if HYPEBEAST and a media coordinator of Depop before that.
Laura Pitcher has been promoted to staff writer at NYLON, upped from beauty writer. She is also a fashion and culture freelance writer and regular contributor to Vogue, The Guardian, The Cut, Teen Vogue, i-D, Refinery 29, Vice, Dazed, and more.
The Daily Beast has promoted Matt Wilstein to senior entertainment editor; most recently he was a senior writer. He has been at the outlet since 2015 and before that served as L.A. bureau chief at Mediaite and a digital fellow at Obama for America.
The Athletic has launched in-depth coverage of Formula 1 and has announced several staff additions:
- Alex Davies has joined the staff as managing editor building Formula 1 coverage. Before joining The Athletic, he worked as an editor at Wired and Insider, covering the transportation industry.
- Luke Smith has joined the site in London as senior writer covering Formula 1. He has spent 10 years reporting on Formula 1 for outlets including Autosport, The New York Times and NBC Sports.
- Madeline Coleman has joined the site as staff writer covering Formula 1. She was previously a writer and editor on Sports Illustrated’s breaking and trending news team.
Lisa Gray has re-joined the Houston Chronicle as an op-ed editor. She spent the past two years as a podcast host and newsletter writer at the City of Houston, and before that was on staff at the Houston Chronicle for 17 years. Gray has also served as editor of Cite Magazine and managing editor of Houston Press.
The Guardian US has tapped Michael Sainato as labor reporter. He has contributed to the paper since 2014 and has also written for The New York Times, the Guardian, Gizmodo, the Nation, HuffPost, the Intercept, Vice News, PBS Rewire, The Appeal, Business Insider, Baltimore Sun, Buffalo News, The Prospect, Observer, The Miami Herald, The Plain Dealer, Denver Post, The Hill, and many other publications.
Kantele Franko is the new assistant news director at the Associate Press for Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey and Delaware. She has been an administrative correspondent since 2021, helping to coordinate coverage in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Franko joined the AP as an intern nearly 15 years ago and has reported on some of the state’s biggest stories during that span.
The Wall Street Journal has tapped Izzy Best as senior supervising producer of news and specials. She joined the paper from CNN+ where she was a senior producer managing editorial teams. Before that, she was a showrunner and executive producer at HuffPost, and a producer on the Today show on NBC.
Jay Solomon has joined the Washington bureau of Semafor as global security editor. He has been a senior director at public relations firm APCO Worldwide for the past five years. Prior to that, Solomon served as the chief foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal for two decades.
STAT has welcomed Torie Bosch as its first opinion editor. She joined the outlet after 11 years at Future Tense, an editorially independent partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University that focuses on the intersection of technology, policy, and society. In addition to her work on Future Tense, in February, Bosch also launched a Slate-ASU partnership called State of Mind, which covers mental health.
The San Diego Business Journal has hired Jennifer Kastner as a reporter to cover healthcare, the innovation economy and education. Most recently, she was an on-air news reporter for ABC 10News in San Diego, and prior to that she spent two and a half years covering breaking news and special reports for CBS Los Angeles.
Clara Ferreira Marques is Bloomberg's new managing editor for energy and commodities coverage in Asia. She has been at Bloomberg since 2017 and most recently served as a Bloomberg Opinion columnist and editorial board member covering foreign affairs and climate based in Hong Kong. Prior to Bloomberg, Ferreira Marques worked for Reuters in Hong Kong, Singapore, India, the U.K., Italy and Russia.
Jorge Ventura has joined NewsNation as an Atlanta-based national correspondent. He was previously the lead correspondent for The Daily Caller and has produced several investigative documentaries, some of which have been featured on NewsNation, Yahoo! News, Fox News, BBC, and Sky News.
NBC News has named Tom Ranzweiler a senior producer on NBC News Now’s “Hallie Jackson NOW.” Most recently, he was a producer for NBC News Specials and NBC Nightly News, and before that worked as a segment producer at MSNBC and Al Jazeera America.
Steve Hensley will transition to become an anchor and managing editor of WYMT-TV, the CBS affiliate un Hazard, Kentucky. He was previously a news director and an anchor at the station.
Eric Nazarenus has joined CBS' WBRE/WYOU duopoly in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pennsylvania, as news director. He replaces Craig Hume. Nazarenus spent the past 23 years at WGAL-TV in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and left the station at the end of last year.
WGBA-TV, the NBC station in Green Bay, Wisconsin, has tapped Terry Wood as assistant news director. He was most recently the news director at KMID/ KPEJ in Odessa/Midland, Texas. Wood has been an EP in both Las Vegas (AM) and Albuquerque (PM), and a producer in Boston, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Los Angeles.
Breya Jones is now arts and culture reporter at WFPL-FM, the public radio station in Louisville, Kentucky. She was most recently a breaking news reporter at the station and has covered various topics, including politics, public safety and education.
Sinclair Broadcast Group has named Susan Connor vice president and general manager of KMPH-TV, the Fresno, California, Fox affiliate and CW affiliate KFRE-TV. She has been the vice president and GM at KTVL-TV in Medford, Oregon, since 2019. Before that. Connor was the GM at WHBQ in Memphis, Tennessee.
Marlee Tuskes has been promoted to weekend anchor at WIVB-TV, the CBS station in Buffalo, New York. She will deliver the news Saturdays and Sundays at 6, 10 and 11 p.m. Tuskes has been at the station since 2019 and joined the staff as a reporter.
KETV-TV, the ABC affiliate in Omaha, Nebraska, has added two to its First News weekend team:
- Cal Larsen has joined the team as a reporter. He was previously at WVTM-TV in Birmingham, Alabama.
- Kalé Searcy has taken on the role of anchor of First News weekend team, promoted from reporter. She has been at the station since
Media Moves at National Review, Vanity Fair & The New York Times, Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki to Debut MSNBC Show
February 24, 2023
BuzzFeed News has hired Lilli Petersen as an editor on the breaking news team. She comes to the site from Elite Daily, where she was a senior news editor and managed a team of staff reporters, freelancers, and junior editors on coverage of national news and politics for a millennial/Gen Z audience. Petersen has previously also reported for Refinery29.
Raina Mendonca has joined Who What Wear as an associate fashion editor of branded content. Previously, she was an editorial assistant at Goop and a fashion writer at Fizzy Mag. Before that, Mendonca was a researcher at UCSB TALE Research Lab.
Reader's Digest has recruited Andrea Carrillo as associate shopping editor and will cover beauty, fashion, home and other lifestyle topics. Most recently, she was a contributor at Input Magazines and before that worked at Modern Notoriety as a freelance content writer.
Anissa Gardizy will join The Information in San Francisco March 13 as a reporter covering Amazon Web Services and other cloud providers that are increasingly powering businesses. She comes to the outlet from the Boston Globe, where she has reported on technology businesses since 2020. Gardizy previously interned at The Information during the first summer of the pandemic.
The National Review has welcomed Noah Rothman as a senior writer. He joins the magazine from MSNBC, where he was a contributor since 2018. Prior to that, Rothman worked at Commentary Magazine as associate editor and at Mediaite as an editor.
Sia Michel has been named culture editor at The New York Times. She has been serving as interim culture editor since August. Michel joined The Times in 2007 as pop music editor and was later promoted to editor of Arts & Leisure and, since 2018, she has been deputy Culture editor. In 2002, she became the first woman to edit a major-circulation rock magazine, when she was named editor in chief of Spin.
SheKnows has appointed Rebecca Rakowitz as parenting writer. She was previously a freelance marketing writer at the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, and before that freelanced for Pregnancy & Newborn Magazines, Guerro, and the Leaf Group.
Tom Kludt has joined Vanity Fair as a contributing editor, where he will write two stories per month focusing on media, sports and politics. Kludt was most recently a reporter on the media team at CNN and hosted a podcast for Howler Magazine.
Prevention magazine has promoted Shannen Zitz to assistant editor, upped from editorial assistant. In her new role she will cover all things beauty, health, wellness, and relationships. Zitz has joined Hearst Magazines in early 2022 and before that served as beauty advisor at Ulta Beauty.
Naomi Parris has joined POPSUGAR and Bustle as a contributing fashion writer. She covers a range of fashion topics from celebrity streetstyle to designer interviews. At Bustle, she will focus primarily on writing sponsored shopping articles with various retailers. Parris previously served as editorial operations support associate at POPSUGAR.
People magazine has hired Clara McMahon as Amazon news and deals writer. She will cover Amazon deals across all product categories. McMahon previously served as SEO editorial assistant at BuzzFeed and before that interned at Honeysuckle Media.
The Wall Street Journal has tapped Everic White as senior platform editor to help run the paper's homepage, apps and alerts. He was previously a deputy social media editor at Forbes and a social media editor at Bloomberg's 'QuickTake' before that.
Eve Sneider has been promoted to editor of the Ideas section at WIRED. She was most recently a research editor at the outlet and has been on staff since early 2020 when she joined as an editorial assistant. Prior to that, Sneider interned at The Blade and served as editor in chief of The Yale Herald.
Bloomberg News has promoted Shelly Banjo to regional managing editor. She joined Bloomberg in 2015 and spent the past two years as the New York bureau chief. Prior to that, Banjo spent eight years at The Wall Street Journal.
Sydney Maki is now the global markets editor at Bloomberg News. She spent the past two years
reporting and editing stories about currencies and bonds from emerging markets and G-10 countries in a hybrid markets reporter/editor position. Maki has been at Bloomberg since 2018 and before that served as a TV news producer at Arizona PBS.
Parker Purifoy has joined Bloomberg Law as a reporter covering labor and the National Labor Relations Board. Most recently he was a news apprentice at Law360 and before that he was a news associate at The Associated Press. Purifoy has also served as metro correspondent at The Boston Globe and an intern at Bloomberg News and The Washington Blade.
PitchBook Data has tapped Rosie Bradbury as a financial news writer to cover venture capital and startups, as well as climate, health, agriculture, food, logistics and emerging tech. She was previously a freelancer at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism and wrote for Wired, Business Insider and Sifted.
Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki will debut the weekly MSNBC political program "Inside with Jen Psaki" which will air on Sundays at noon beginning March 19. The show will contain one-on-one interviews with newsmakers, essays and explainers of complicated political issues like the war in Ukraine and debt ceiling talks. The program will also be available the next day on the Peacock streaming service. Psaki was press secretary during the first 16 months of President Joe Biden’s administration, before landing at MSNBC last May.
Yamiche Alcindor, the veteran Washington correspondent who has moderated PBS’ “Washington Week” since the spring of 2021, is stepping down from the show to focus full-time on her work at NBC and on her forthcoming book. Alcindor initially started working for WETA as the White House correspondent for “PBS NewsHour.” Prior to taking that, she worked as a national reporter at both The New York Times and USA Today. She joined NBC News in late December.
Minnesota Public Radio has welcomed Estelle Timar-Wilcox as a Sunday reporter. She previously hosted and produced the SPNN podcast and co-led youth media programming at the Saint Paul Neighborhood Network in Minnesota.
Chelsea Whittemore has joined CNBC as a senior producer. She joined the network from NewsNation, where she was the senior supervising producer for 'Cuomo.' Prior to that, Whittemore was a senior producer at CNN and before that spent five years at Fox Business Network.
WFOR-TV, the CBS station in Miami, has welcomed Betty Nguyen as morning news co-anchor. She will co-anchor the morning news for CBS News and the local station. Nguyen is returning to CBS, where she previously served as a network morning news anchor and correspondent from 2010 to 2013. She also held anchor roles at NBC News, CNN and most recently, WPIX-TV in New York.
Jennifer K. Perkins has been promoted to news director at WYMT-TV, the CBS affiliate in the Eastern Kentucky Coalfield region. She becomes the first woman to serve in that role in WYMT's history. Perkins has been at the station since 2022 and most recently served as a producer. Prior to that, she worked in print journalism for several years.
Larry Kudrow, the former director of the National Economic Council and a current on-air host at the Fox Business Network, has debuted a weekend show on Cumulus Media’s Chicago talk powerhouse WLS (890 AM). "The Larry Kudlow Show" began airing February 5 at 8 p.m. CT. In addition to the WLS show, Kudlow hosts a radio program on WABC (770 AM) in New York City on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET.
Danny Freeman has joined CNN as a correspondent in Philadelphia. He joins the network from NBC10 where he worked as an investigative reporter focused on campaign finance, environmental issues and police accountability. Prior to that, Freeman reported for NBC 7 in San Diego, California.
WGAL-TV, the NBC station in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has hired Kristin Kay as news director. She starts March 6. Kay was most recently the assistant news director at WLWT-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio, and before that was the executive producer of the morning news at KARE 11 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Media Moves at The Wrap, Yahoo Finance & Politico, Promotions at Newsweek, Cosmopolitan and More
February 17, 2023
Cosmopolitan has announced two promotions:
- Tamara Fuentes has been promoted to entertainment editor and oversees coverage of TV, movies/film, books, and celebrities. Previously an associate entertainment editor, Fuentes has been at the magazine since 2021.
- Annabel Iwegbue has been promoted to assistant editor. She spent the past two years as the assistant to the editor in chief and joined Cosmo in 2020 as a freelance production assistant.
Zaeem Shaikh has joined The Dallas Morning News as a breaking news reporter. he was most recently a reporting intern at The Oregonian and covered crime, courts, and breaking news assignments in the Portland-metro area. Prior to that, Shaikh was a reporting fellow at CalMatters.
10 Magazine has announced that it will launch a US edition in September 2023, led by editor in chief Dora Fung. 10 Magazine USA will be distributed across a global multichannel network with a focus on print, digital, video and all social platforms. It will follow the British format of being bi-annual covering all things fashion, style, beauty, and travel related. More details on the editorial team will be announced later in the year.
Tom O’Connor has taken over the role of deputy editor of the national security and foreign policy team at Newsweek. He will continue to write foreign policy stories as well. O'Connor has been at Newsweek since 2017 and before that reported for International Business Times, an interned at the New York Post.
The Chicago Tribune has promoted Phil Jurik to managing editor. He has been at the paper since 2008 and since then has worked in a variety of editorial positions and spent the past four years at the Metro editor. Prior to joining the Tribune, Jurik spent 12 years at The Daily Southtown
The Wrap has hired a film editor and a TV editor:
- Kristen Lopez has joined the entertainment news site as film editor. She is responsible for managing the film team as well as writing and editing film news and features. Lopez most recently served as the TV editor at Indiewire, where she was nominated for a SoCal Journalism Award and National Journalism Award by the L.A. Press Club. She has also written for Variety, MTV, TCM and RogerEbert.com.
- Jose Alejandro Bastidas has joined the staff as TV editor and is responsible for managing the TV team as well as writing and editing TV news and features. He comes to TheWrap after three years as the San Francisco Chronicle’s assistant arts and entertainment editor. Prior to that role, he was a staff writer at PopCulture.com, a CBS Interactive publication based in Nashville, Tennessee, and a food reporter and digital producer for The Desert Sun.
Danielle Dorsey has joined the Los Angeles Times as Food’s assistant editor for guides. She is tasked to expand the LA Times's growing slate of point-of-interest guides that reflect the range of L.A. cuisines, from restaurants, shops, dishes and drinks to neighborhood-specific maps. Dorsey was previously at Thrillist, where she served as senior West Coast editor, managing food, drink and travel coverage across California and Las Vegas. Before Thrillist, Dorsey freelanced as a food and travel journalist, writing for publications including Lonely Planet, Culture Trip, Essence, Travel+Leisure, Travel Noire and Well+Good.
POLITICO has welcomed Mackenzie Wilkes full time as K-12 national education reporter. Most recently, she was a fellow at the outlet and before that interned at FiveThirtyEight, where she wrote and reported stories based on polling and original data collection.
Harper's Bazaar has promoted Jaclyn Alexandra Cohen to senior fashion and accessories editor. She covers fashion trends, fashion shows, shoes, bags and other accessories, and writes news features, gift guides and trend reports. Cohen has previously also contributed to ELLE.
Laura Smith has joined Departures as deputy editor. She joins the publication from California magazine, where she most recently served as the executive editor. Previously, Smith was the managing editor at Timeline, a history magazine based in San Francisco. She has also written for The New York Times, The Guardian, The Paris Review, The Atlantic, and Slate, as a freelancer.
Women's Wear Daily has promoted Alexandra Pastore from market editor, strategic content development to deputy strategic content editor. She has been at WWD since 2019, when she joined as a business reporter. Prior to that, Pastore worked at JONESWORK, IMG and Editorialist.
Lauren Young has joined Scientific American as an associate health editor. Most recently, she was an associate science editor at Popular Science and a digital producer at NPR's Science Friday before that. Young's work has also been featured in Scholastic MATH, Library Journal and School Library Journal, Atlas Obscura, and more.
Business of Fashion has named Tiffany Ap as senior correspondent. In the new role, she'll split her time evenly between the relaunch of the China Decoded newsletter and with US-centric stories spanning a range of topics including American luxury, sportswear, beauty, and retail. Previously, Ap was WWD's first China bureau chief and also worked at Quartz and CNN.
Yahoo Finance has promoted Brian Sozzi to executive editor. He has been at the company since 2018 and has since served as an editor at large and anchor of Yahoo Finance's flagship morning show that airs live each day at 9 a.m. Prior to that, Sozzi was the executive editor at TheSreet.
Christine Rourke has joined the Denver Business Journal as managing editor. She most recently served as deputy editor at the Denver Gazette where she coordinated the story planning, editing and writing that went into the production of the daily newspaper. Prior to that, Rourke was a university communications officer at Western Colorado University.
Shelby Webb has joined E&E News as a reporter covering oil and gas. She was previously a reporter at the Houston Chronicle for nearly seven years, and most recently covered renewable energy, energy tech, innovation, and Texas’ electric grid. Webb also previously reported for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.
Bloomberg News has welcomed two reporters at two of its bureaus:
- Aisha Counts has joined the San Francisco office as a reporter covering social media giants including Twitter and Meta. She previously wrote for Protocol, where she broke news on enterprise software companies.
- Mark Bergen, the climate tech reporter and resident YouTube expert, has transitioned to the tech team in London. Bergen will focus on the European startup and venture capital scene. He joined Bloomberg in San Francisco in 2016 from Recode.
Paul Kim has been promoted to editor of the personal finance desk at Insider. He has been an associate editor at the desk since November 2022 and before that served as a personal finance fellow at Business Insider. Kim has previously held position at The Yappie and Washington Square News.
CNN has added two on-air contributors to its growing roster of commentators:
- Former Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-New York) is joining CNN as an on-air political commentator. He joins CNN after serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he made history as one of two openly gay, Black members of Congress. Jones previously worked at the Department of Justice during the Obama Administration.
- Geoff Duncan, former lieutenant governor of Georgia, is joining CNN as an on-air political commentator focusing on national politics. Duncan joins CNN after spending the last 10 years in elected office in Georgia as a Republican, serving as the state’s 12th lieutenant governor after six years in the Georgia House of Representatives.
Bloomberg Television anchor Kailey Leinz has relocated to the network's Washington office, where she will continue to anchor “Bloomberg Crypto” and report on regulation. Leinz has been the New York based co-anchor of “Bloomberg Surveillance: Early Edition,” “Bloomberg Crypto” and “Bloomberg Green” since 2021. She joined Bloomberg as a news intern in 2017.
CB Cotton has joined FOX News as a national correspondent covering breaking news from the network’s headquarters in New York. She was most recently a night side reporter at KMGH in Denver, Colorado, where she focused on crime, justice, and law enforcement. Prior to that, Cotton was a multimedia journalist at WKRN in Nashville, Tennessee.
WDJT-TV, the CBS station in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has tapped A.J. Bayatpour as a reporter. He joins the station from WKOW in Madison, Wisconsin, where he spent the past three years as a multimedia journalist.
Lindsey Burrell has joined NBC's WHO-TV in Des Moines, Iowa, as an evening anchor and reporter. She comes to the station from KOTA-TV in Rapid City, South Dakota, where she was an evening anchor and reporter for nearly two years.
NBC's WSLS-TV in Roanoke, Virginia, has named Scott Flannigan as news director. He replaces Margaret Ashburn, who left the station at the end of 2022. Flannigan comes to WSLS from ABC's KMIZ-TV in Columbia, Missouri, where he was the news director since June 2021.
Keith St. Peter has joined KIVI-TV, the ABC station in Boise, Idaho, as news director. Most recently, he was the senior executive producer for Scripps' KNXT-TV in Phoenix. St. Peter was also previously the news director at WBRE/WYOU-TV in Wilkes-Barre.
WCBS-TV, the CBS station in New York City, has tapped Doug Williams as a weekend morning anchor. He was previously reporting for SportsNet New York and YES Network, the Yankee Entertainment and Sports Network. Doug Williams is the son of former NBC Anchor Brian Williams.
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