Media Moves at People, VOGUE & BuzzFeed News, New Editor in Chief Named at Popular Science
January 20, 2023
Clarissa Cruz has returned to People magazine as executive editorial director. Her first day was Jan. 16 and she is based in Los Angeles. Cruz spent the past five years at Entertainment Weekly as executive editor and before that was the fashion features editor at O, The Oprah Magazine for five years. Her first stint at People was between 2006 and 2009, when she was the style editor for the magazine.
Paste magazine has promoted Matt Mitchell to assistant music editor. He has been a freelancer at the magazine since mid-2021 and before that worked for Static Media as features writer. Mitchell has also previously contributed to Pitchfork and Bandcamp.
Joseph Longo has joined BuzzFeed News as an entertainment editor and covers Hollywood and the entertainment industry. He joins the outlet from Elite Daily, where he spent the past years as the associate celerity editor. Longo is also a freelance writer and has contributed to The Wall Street Journal, Men’s Health, New York Magazine, BuzzFeed News, and Condé Nast publications.
Recurrent Ventures has appointed Annie Colbert as the new editor in chief of Popular Science. She previously spent almost 11 years at Mashable, most recently as the executive editor. She initially joined the company in 2012 as its culture editor and was promoted to managing editor in 2017.
Christian Allaire has been promoted to senior fashion and style writer at Vogue, upped from fashion and style writer. In his new role, he will cover red carpets, celebrity style, trends, emerging designers, and indigenous fashion. Allaire has been at the magazine since 2017, when he joined as editorial producer. Before that, he spent three years at Footwear News.
Seventeen has promoted Samantha Olson to assistant editor and will cover beauty, pop culture, celebrity news, health, and lifestyle content. Olson was most recently an editorial assistant and joined Seventeen in 2021. Before that, she was editor at large at Shifter Mag and also freelanced for TheHOTH.
Automotive News has named Hannah Lutz reporter on the Tech and Innovation team to cover EV charging infrastructure, battery development and more. Most recently, she was a General Motors reporter at the outlet and has been on staff for eight years having joined as an intern.
Kevin Orland has moved to the Calgary, Canada bureau of Bloomberg News as editor of the Energy and Commodities team. He has been the Canadian finance reporter out of Toronto since 2020 and has been at Bloomberg since 2003. Prior to that, Orland worked for the Associated Press and interned at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Reuters has welcomed Douglas Gillison as financial regulation correspondent, based in D.C. He will cover the major financial regulators – primarily the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – as part of our broader Global Finance & Markets team. Gillison was most recently senior investigator for Democratic Republic of Congo at The Sentry, a Washington-based transparency organization dedicated to cutting the links between illicit finance and armed conflict. He has also previously worked as a Washington economics correspondent at Agence France-Presse and as executive editor of The Cambodia Daily.
Crain's New York Business has added three reporters:
- C.J. Hughes has joined the staff as senior reporter covering real estate. For almost 20 years he has been a freelance writer covering real estate, architecture, and design in New York City, including for The New York Times, The Real Deal, and Architectural Record.
- Nick Garber will join the staff on Jan. 23 as politics reporter. He comes to Crain's from Patch, where he covered the Upper East Side, Astoria and Long Island City in New York. Prior to his two years reporting in New York, Garber was West Coast breaking news editor at Patch.
- Amanda D’Ambrosio will join Crain's New York on Feb. 1 as a reporter on Health Pulse. She spent the past three years at MedPage Today, where has covered enterprise and breaking news stories on infectious diseases, reproductive health and actions from federal health agencies.
Pamela Brown has been named chief investigative correspondent at CNN, joining the network’s investigative team after the death of Drew Griffin last month. She will continue to serve as CNN anchor, filling in on the network. Brown has been anchor of the weekend primetime edition of CNN Newsroom and served on the network’s voting integrity team. She has been at CNN since 2013 and before that spent seven years at ABC affiliate WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C.
Rebecca Blumenstein has been appointed president of editorial at NBC News, a newly created role. She joins the network form The New York Times, where she spent seven years most recently as the paper's deputy managing editor. Before that, Blumenstein was deputy editor in chief of The Wall Street Journal for four years, and the Page One editor, foreign editor and managing editor of WSJ.com before that.
NPR has appointed Frank Langfitt as global democracy correspondent joining the Investigations team to cover the threat to democracy at home and abroad. Most recently, Langfitt spent nearly seven years as NPR's London correspondent. He has been on staff since 2004 and before that reported for the Baltimore Sun for 12 years.
Elizabeth Vargas will join cable news network NewsNation to host the weekday new program "Elizabeth Vargas Reports," which will begin airing on April 3 at 6 p.m. out of New York. Vargas is currently a host of “iCrime,” a half-hour syndicated crime series airing on WPIX-TV in New York and stations around the country. She previously hosted “America’s Most Wanted” on Fox TV and on ABC’s “20/20” for 15 years. She also co-anchored ABC’s World News Tonight and was a news anchor and host of “Good Morning America.”
CBS News Radio has tapped Canadian journalist Shanelle Kaul as a correspondent. She comes to CBS from CP24, Canada’s most-watched breaking news channel, where she spent five years as an anchor/reporter. Before that, Kaul was a weekend anchor and reporter at CTV News Edmonton.
Briana Garrett has joined WBEZ-FM public radio as podcast producer. Most recently she was an associate producer at Magnificent Noise and Dope Labs Podcast and has also freelanced as a producer for Fertile Ground Factory.
Media Moves at ProPublica, Law360 & Politico, Multiple New Additions at Washington Post Opinion
January 13, 2023
The Associated Press has announced multiple promotions across bureaus and a top enterprise team addition:
- Indira Lakshmanan has joined AP to lead the global enterprise team and and collaborate with bureaus and verticals around the world. She starts Jan. 9 and is based in Washington, D.C. Lakshmanan is an award-winning journalist who has reported from more than 80 countries. Most recently, she was the senior executive editor and vice president for news and features at National Geographic Media.
- Adam Kealoha Causey has been promoted to assistant news director for Texas and Oklahoma. He remains based in Dallas. He was most recently a news editor at the bureau and joined the AP in 2015. Prior to that, Kealoha Causey worked for the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
- Gillian Flaccus, based in Portland, Oregon, is now the assistant news director for the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, and Hawaii). She has worked in Portland, Los Angeles and Orange County in her 22 years at AP.
- Amy Forliti, has been named assistant news director for the Midwest (Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri). She is based in Minneapolis. Forliti has been at AP since 1999 as a reporter.
- Roger Schneider, based in Chicago, is now the assistant news director for the Great Lakes (Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin). He has been a news editor since 2005 and has worked in Milwaukee, Detroit and Chicago.
ProPublica has hired Jennifer Berry Hawes as a reporter working on investigations about the South. She starts Jan. 23 and will be based in Charleston, North Carolina. Berry Hawes spent the past 25 years at The Post and Courier, the daily newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina, where she was a special project writer and focused on long-form narratives.
The Washington Post has announces several new staff for Opinion:
- Damir Marusic has joined as editor and is based in Washington, DC. Marusic will expand the section’s coverage on domestic and international policy. Since 2018, Marusic has been a senior fellow at The Atlantic Council, where he led the organization’s “Balkans Forward” initiative. He is also the co-creator and editor of the Wisdom of Crowds podcast.
- Duncan Mavin has joined as senior editor and is based in London. Mavin expands the page’s range of op-eds on the global economy with a focus on business and economics. Previously, he served as the Europe financial editor for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires.
- Bina Venkataraman has joined as a columnist to write about the future and is based in Washington, D.C. Previously, Venkataraman served as editorial page editor of The Boston Globe as well as its editor-at-large and a fellow at New America.
Erin Schumaker has joined POLITICO’s healthcare team to contribute to coverage of the future of healthcare and how the pandemic has reshaped medicine. Most recently, she was Insider's science editor and oversaw a team that covered space, climate, extreme weather and discoveries. Prior to that, Schumaker reported on health and science for ABC News, and before that spent more than five years covering healthcare for HiffPost.
WSJ. Magazine has announced multiple promotions and new hires:
- Scott White has been promoted to managing editor after 10 years of leading the magazine’s production department. Most recently, he was the assistant managing editor.
- Stephanie Thompson was tapped as the new assistant managing editor, filling White’s former role. Previously she worked in production at Rolling Stone, Food & Wine, the New York Times and Rachael Ray Every Day.
- Rashad Minnick is the new fashion market editor with a focus on menswear. He joins WSJ after stints at Esquire, Barneys and Net-a-Porter.
- Kevin Huynh has been promoted to fashion market editor with a focus on womenswear. Most recently, he was the associate fashion market editor and has been on staff since 2017 when he joined as fashion assistant.
- Jenny Hartman has been promoted to executive fashion market editor. She will oversee market across all categories. She has been at the magazine since 2020, and before that worked as senior fashion editor for Departures and Interview magazines.
- Natalie Leonard has joined the staff as photo editor. She previously held various creative producer and visual editor positions at DoBeDo Represents, Condé Nast Traveler and Vanity Fair, among others.
- Dondre Stuetley has joined as assistant photo editor. Previously he worked as the assistant photo editor for Bon Appétit magazine, where he produced and commissioned original photography covering food and travel.
- Lizzy Wholley, formerly the senior fashion market editor at WSJ. Magazine, has moved up to the role of fashion market director at the Off Duty section of The Wall Street Journal.
Ad Age has tapped Tim Nudd as creativity editor. He most recently served as the editor in chief of the Clio Awards, overseeing its Muse by Clio website and newsletter as founding editor. Prior to that, Nudd was a creative editor for Adweek and a contributor for People magazine before that.
Layla Jones is the new economic equity reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer. She spent the past year as a reporter on the Inquirer’s A More Perfect Union project, and before that served as a general assignment reporter for Billy Penn. Jones has also previously served as director of communications for Councilwoman Cindy Bass.
Law360 has reassigned intellectual property reporter Britain Eakin to the immigration beat as a senior reporter. She has been at Law360 since 2019 and has since covered courts. Prior to that, Eakin reported for Courthouse News Service.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai will join TechCrunch on Jan. 17 as a reporter covering cybersecurity, hacking, surveillance and privacy. He spent the past eight years at VICE Media, most recently as a senior staff writer focusing on longform features and investigations. Prior to VICE, Franceschi-Bicchierai was a reporter at Mashable.
MIT Technology Review has tapped Mary Beth Griggs as science editor. She joined the outlet from The Verge, where she was the science editor since 2018, and before that served as associate editor at Popular Science. Griggs has also previously freelanced for Popular Mechanics, Discover, USA Today, Hakai Magazine and Popular Science.
Paresh Dave has joined WIRED as a reporter covering Big Tech. Most recently, he worked for Reuters where he reported on Google, YouTube, Waymo, Meta, and more. Before that, Dave spent nearly five years at the Los Angeles Times, where he covered the convergence of the technology and entertainment industries.
E&E News has welcomed Brian Dabbs as a reporter covering the Department of Energy and the White House. He previously held reporting roles at National Journal and Bloomberg BNA, and also spent time reporting for the Egypt Independent based in Cairo, Egypt.
Isabel Tehan has joined Worcester Business Journal as a staff writer. She leads WBJ’s coverage in two of its primary industry beats: diversity and inclusion, and healthcare. Tehan is a former intern of the Philadelphia Business Journal and a contributor of the New Bedford Standard-Times.
Sean McCrory has been named editor in chief of Orlando Business Journal. He starts on Jan. 23. McCrory is a veteran journalist, and most recently served as the executive editor of the Denton Record-Chronicle in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
NPR has announced the addition of Dara Kerr as a reporter tasked to examine the choices tech companies make and the influence they wield over our lives. She comes to NPR from The Markup, where she covered labor at tech companies. Before that, Kerr reported for CNET News.
Liz Brown-Kaiser has been named Capitol Hill associate producer at NBC News. She has been at the network since 2019 and most recently served as a bureau researcher covering a mix of government beats, politics and breaking news. Before NBC News, Brown-Kaiser was the news director at WUVA-TV at the University of Virginia.
KSAT-TV, the ABC affiliate in San Antonio, Texas, has promoted Mario Orellana to news director. He has been with KSAT for over 25 years and has held various positions within the company, including sports producer, news editor, news producer, senior producer of Good Morning San Antonio, executive producer, and most recently, assistant news director.
Jessica Bowman has joined KTIV-TV, the NBC station in Sioux City, Iowa, as an afternoon anchor. She will co-anchor the 4 p.m. broadcast alongside Matt Breen. Before joining KTIV, Bowman was a national news anchor for Gray Television’s streaming service based out of Omaha, Nebraska.
Spectrum News 1 in Southern California has hired Seth Lemon as morning anchor. He started Jan. 9 and co-anchors "Your Mornings on Spectrum News 1" alongside anchor Giselle Fernandez. Most recently, Lemon was managing editor for digital platforms at KNX News radio in Los Angeles, curating the station’s social media and web presence. Prior to that, he reported for KTTV Los Angeles and served as a White House correspondent for CBS Newspath.
CBS News has welcomed Willie James Inman as a White House digital reporter. He was most recently a White House correspondent for Newsy, and before that worked as a Southeast regional reporter covering politics, feature stories and breaking news across all platforms for Fox News Channel.
Cathy Marshall has been promoted to news director for KTVZ-TV, the NBC affiliate in Bend, Oregon. She has been at the station since early 2022 and before that worked for KGW in Portland where she had been working as a reporter, anchor and managing editor since 2011.
KCCI-TV, the CBS station in Des Moines, Iowa, has promoted Nicole Tam as a weekend mornings anchor. She is the station's first anchor of Asian-American heritage and joined the staff in March 2022 as a reporter.
Media Moves at Automotive News, Forbes & The New York Times, Two Promoted at TheWrap
January 6, 2023
Robert Draper will join The New York Times Magazine Jan. 9 as a staff writer. He has been a contributing writer at the magazine since 2009 working for both the Washington bureau and the magazine. Draper will be based in Washington, covering politics and political figures, especially Republican officials. Over the past 15 years he’s published a sequence of essential books about American politics, starting with “Dead Certain,” a narrative account of the George W. Bush administration. His most recent book, “Weapons of Mass Delusion,” is an inside look at House Republicans and the rise of a far-right fringe captivated by conspiracy theories.
The Los Angeles Times has promoted Laura Blasey to assistant editor for Newsletters. She has been with The Times since 2019, when she arrived as a Newsletters editor. In addition to continuing to launch newsletters and advise on strategy, Blasey is the lead editor for Essential California. In her three years there, she has launched several newsletters including California Politics and Group Therapy and has edited the paper's biggest newsletters, Essential California, and Today’s Headlines, before they are sent to inboxes each morning. Before joining The Times, Blasey worked for Newsday.
Entertainment news site, TheWrap, has promoted two to co-executive editors:
- Adam Chitwood has been promoted to executive editor, upped from assistant managing editor, audience. He joined the outlet in 2021 after a decade at Collider, inducing four years as the site's managing editor.
- Jethro Nededog has been promoted to executive editor. Most recently, he served as assistant managing editor for business and managed WrapPRO and its staff of reporters. Nededog re-joined TheWrap in February 2022 after stints at Entertainment Weekly and Insider.
Julia Gómez Kramer is the new commerce editor for Food52 and will oversee the outlet's shoppable content. She previously served as editor of branded content at Vox Creative and before that worked at New York magazine as the executive assistant to the CEO, and a staff writer at Publisher's Weekly before that.
Amy Wenk will return to the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Jan. 9 as reporter covering economic development and power players in the region. Most recently, she was the editor of Springs Publishing's group of newspapers Reporter Newspapers, Atlanta Intown and Atlanta Senior Life and vice president of content for What Now Media Group. Her first stint at the Business Chronicle was from 2012 to 2019, during which she covered news in midtown Atlanta.
Business Insider has promoted Ashley Stewart to chief tech correspondent. She has been at Insider since 2019, when she joined as senior tech reporter. Prior to that, she was a lead technology reporter at the Puget Sound Business Journal for four years.
Forbes has added a reporter and an editor:
- Conor Murray has joined the staff as an explainers and trends reporter. He spent the past eight months as an intern at Forbes and wrote stories covering wealth and America’s richest people.
- Sarah Whitmire has joined the staff as a senior editor for newsletters. Most recently, she served as senior news content strategist at McClatchy, and before that worked at the Center for Public Integrity as a social media manager and engagement editor.
Miranda Dunlap has joined Automotive News full time as a reporter covering the automotive industry. She was most recently an editorial intern at the outlet, and before that worked as a culture desk editor at The State News in East Lansing, Michigan.
PR Week has tapped Jess Ruderman as a senior reporter covering the public relations and comms agencies with a focus on healthcare. She joins the outlet from The New York Times, where she served as news assistant for two years. Before that, Ruderman reported for PolitiQ and Spoon University.
Pierre Bienaimé has joined The Wall Street Journal as an audio producer for the evening edition of What's News, the 10-min, twice every weekday podcast which brings you the headlines and business news that move markets. Most recently, Bienaimé was a lead producer at PRX and prior to that produced podcasts for Recount Media, Digiday, and Slate.
Alexander Lee has been promoted to senior gaming and esports reporter at Digiday. He will continue writing about the convergence of physical and virtual space, focused on gaming, esports, and the metaverse. Lee is also a freelance writer with bylines at the Washington Post, The Nation, and ESPN.
Spectrum News 1 in Ohio has hired Anna Staver as an on-air contributor. She will provide in-depth analysis of weekly political events for the nightly news broadcast. Staver will continue her role as a statehouse reporter at USA Today in Ohio. She has previously worked as a politics reporter at The Denver Post and also reported for the NBC station in Denver.
Claire Weinraub has started her new role as the executive producer of ABC News Studios, where she will help shape the creative output of the Studios group and manage much of the production team responsible for it. Weinraub has been with ABC News for over 20 years and for much of that time, she produced some of Diane Sawyer’s most memorable, award-winning specials. ABC News Studios was launched in mid-2022 and focuses on long-form documentary film and specials.
KTXL-TV, the Fox station in Sacramento, California, has tapped Lisa Burger as news director. She has been the news director for KSEE/KGPE-TV in Fresno for more than three years, and before that worked at stations in Denver and San Diego.
Aesia Toliver has been named morning weekday anchor for WAVY-TV, the NBC affiliate in Norfolk, Va. She will co-anchor alongside Katie Collett the 4:30-7 a.m broadcast, and will also anchor the midday newscast. Most recently, Toliver anchored WAVY news at 7 a.m. on FOX43.
KFSM-TV, the CBS affiliate in Forts Smith, Arkansas, has promoted Tiffany Lee to morning co-anchor, effective Jan. 2. She co-anchors 5NEWS This Morning Monday through Friday from 4:30 to 7 a.m. alongside Jo Ellison. Lee has been anchoring the Saturday and Sunday morning newscasts while reporting for the station’s morning newscast during the weekdays.
Media Moves at WWD, InStyle & The Business of Fashion, Multiple Staff Updates at NBC News, CBS News & CNBC
December 16, 2022
Claire Valentine has joined W Magazine as culture editor. She joins the magazine from NYLON, where she was the entertainment editor for three years. Previously, Valentine was the featured editor at PAPER and a culture writer at New York Magazine.
Travel + Leisure has hired Kayla Becker as senior editor for travel commerce ( news and deals.) She spent the past five years at Fodor's Travel, most recently as the editor. Becker has also previously worked at ShermansTravel and sister sire ShermansCruise.
InStyle has hired Sophie Wirt as beauty commerce writer and will cover make-up, skincare, haircare, and celebrity fashion. Wirt was most recently a freelance writer and has contributed beauty and fashion stories to Allure, W Magazine, Elite Daily, BYRDIE and SELF.
Natalie Jennings has been promoted to managing editor of Vox.com. She was previously Vox’s politics editor and directed the midterms coverage. Jennings has been at Vox since February and joined the site from the Washington Post, where she spent 11 years covering three presidential campaigns and three administrations across multiple positions, including as a deputy White House and Congress editor and editor of the Fix, the Post’s political analysis blog.
The Atlantic has hired an editor and a writer:
- Xochitl Gonzalez has joined the magazine as a staff writer. She has contributed to the magazine this past year through her subscriber newsletter, Brooklyn, Everywhere, which she’ll continue as a staff writer. In the newsletter, Gonzalez reflects on the many meanings of gentrification and what we stand to lose in our relentless pursuit of the American dream. She is a novelist, screenwriter, and television executive producer.
- Eleanor Barkhorn has rejoined The Atlantic as a senior editor. She comes to the magazine from The New York Times’ Opinion section, where she’s been an editor at large. Barkhorn first worked as an editor for The Atlantic from 2009 to 2014, when she oversaw Culture coverage. Later she was the features editor at Vox.com.
Maane Khatchatourian has been named deputy editor for entertainment and arts of the Los Angeles Times. She comes to the paper from Variety, where she has been one of the key players of that site’s dramatic audience growth. Khatchatourian spent nine years at Variety, most recently as senior news editor assigning and editing stories responding to the cultural conversations of the day.
Erin Lukas has been appointed deputy beauty editor at fashion, beauty and lifestyle at The Zoe Report. She was previously beauty editor at InStyle for almost four years and had been at the outlet since 2016. Lukas has also been a freelance writer for more than a decade and has contributed beauty, fashion, and pop culture news, market, and service stories to top digital publications including Forbes, Teen Vogue, NYLON, Into The Gloss, FASHION Magazine, and Canadian Living.
WWD has hired Kristopher Fraser as trending news writer. He was previously an associate editor at AS IF Magazine. Before that, Fraser has worked as a freelance stylist and published editorials on Ryker Magazine, Huf Magazine, Fashion Reverie, Lewis Magazine, Victor Magazine, and Man of Metropolis.
The Business of Fashion has appointed Priya Rao as executive editor, The Business of Beauty. Priya previously spent almost five years at Glossy, most recently as the executive editor and Glossy Beauty podcast host. Prior to that, she contributed to Refinery29 and V Magazine.
Mickey Ciokajlo has joined Crain's Detroit Business and the Grand Rapids Business Journal as executive editor, effective January. He is currently wrapping up his duties at MLive Media Group, where he is the director of local news overseeing its local news operations in the eight Michigan markets. Ciokajlo has spent 12 years at MLive, and during that time held various editorial roles, including lead editor for local news, regional news manager for West Michigan and local news editor/online content chief.
The Information has hired three reporters to join the Finance team:
- Lauren Tara LaCapra has joined as lead Wall Street reporter. She has spent nearly two decades as a business journalist, including a decade at Reuters, where she was one of the senior editors managing the global finance and markets team.
- Cory Weinberg has moved to Finance as a senior reporter covering IPOs, where he’ll be digging into companies as they navigate the process of going public. He is a seven-year veteran of The Information and was part of the team that won the SABEW in 2021 for coverage of startups and tech workers amid the onset of Covid-19.
- Michael Roddan has joined as banking reporter. He comes to the outlets after nearly three years at The Australian Financial Review, the country’s top newspaper. Before that, he spent six years as a reporter for Australia’s broadsheet The Australian.
Brooke Masters has been appointed U.S. financial editor of the Financial Times. She is based in New York and will oversee the news organization’s coverage of the financial services industry. In addition, Masters will run reporting teams covering Wall Street’s largest banks and non-bank financial institutions – including private equity groups, asset managers and hedge funds. She will also coordinate coverage with the New York markets and deals teams, as well as continue to write her business column and cover some of Wall Street’s biggest asset managers, including BlackRock. Masters was most recently chief business commentator for the FT and has been on staff for 16 years.
Rest of the World has hired four editors across the global organization:
- Russell Brandom has joined as U.S. technology editor and will lead coverage of how big, U.S.-based tech firms such as Apple, Amazon, and Meta operate outside the West. He will also launch a yet-unnamed newsletter. Brandom previously was policy editor of tech news site The Verge.
- Itika Sharma Punit has been promoted to deputy editor after serving as Asia editor since joining the outlet in 2021. Prior to that, she spent six years at Quartz as India editor. She starts her new role on Jan 1, 2023.
- Cengiz Yar has also been promoted to deputy editor, effective Jan. 1, 2023. He was a photo editor for the paper since 2020 and before that spent several years doing documentary photojournalism for WIRED UK, The Guardian, The New York Times, UNHCR, and The Wall Street Journal.
- David I. Adeleke has joined the paper as Africa editor. He was previously a freelance journalist for The Continent, Al Jazeera, Guardian Life, Reuters, Quartz Africa, Media Voices and other publications.
CBS Evening News has shuffled its producing team:
- Julie Morse has been promoted to senior producer of the program. She will lead the development and coordination of pieces and bookings for Norah O’Donnell, including for special series such as the award-winning Norah O’Donnell Reports that Morse has helped produce. Morse will continue to lead and manage the headline team, work closely with the writing team in the control room, and develop CBS Evening News special series like Honoring Our Heroes and Profiles in Service. She joined CBS Evening News in 2019, and before joining CBS News in 2017, she spent four years at NBC Nightly News and MSNBC.
- Evening News producer Alicia Hastey will relocate from New York to Washington, D.C., where she will develop and produce stories for the Evening News and for the streaming Norah O’Donnell Reports. Hastey will also produce news-of-day stories as needed and work on special projects with the network’s Washington correspondents. Hastey joined CBS from NBC in 2021.
- Sarah Svoboda has joined CBS Evening News as a producer based in Los Angeles. She was previously a producer for Vice’s Los Angeles bureau and produced short, medium, and long-form pieces, in addition to covering breaking news on the West Coast. Prior to that, Svoboda spent nearly a decade in Washington, D.C., where she was a producer at the BBC and PBS NewsHour.
TODAY.com has hired Kelly Vaughan as food recipe editor. She will assign, edit, and publish recipes for the site's food section and will also oversee all stages of recipe creation for the title's shoppable recipe program. Vaughan joins TODAY.com from Food52, where she served as a staff editor.
NBC News has announce several staff moves at the Washington, D.C., and London bureaus:
- Allie Raffa has been promoted to White House correspondent, upped from Capitol Hill correspondent. Raffa has been at NBC News in Washington since January and before that worked at KNSD-TV in San Diego, California.
- Julie Tsirkin has become an NBC News Congressional correspondent, where she will continue to cover the day-to-day happenings on Capitol Hill, something she has been doing since 2019. Before this role, Tsirkin was a field producer and off-air reporter covering Capitol Hill for NBC News. She joined the network in 2019 after a three year stay at MSNBC.
- Josh Lederman will move across the pond in February 2023 to join the London bureau as a foreign correspondent. In this new role, he will continue to report on the Ukraine war, European security issues, and other major international breaking news. He has been with NBC News since 2018.
Tyler Olson has been promoted to Capitol Hill reporter at FOX News. He has been at the network since 2019 and spent the past two years as politics reporter for FoxNews.com, working primarily out of the U.S. Capitol covering Congress, with a focus on the U.S Senate.
KIEM/KVIQ-TV duoplay in Eureka, California, has tapped Mark Finnigan as news director. He was previously a producer for WLKY-TV in Louisville, Kentucky, and has also worked at KGET-TV in Bakersfield and CBS in Los Angeles.
CNBC has re-assigned and promoted multiple producers for its business programming unit. All changes will be effective December 19:
- Anne Tironi has been named senior executive producer in charge of “Squawk Box.” She has been producing the program for more than 16 years.
- Rebecca White has been named supervising producer and will move from “Power Lunch” to “Squawk Box.” She has been at CNBC since 1998.
- Executive producer Maria Boden will move from “The Exchange” and “Power Lunch” to “TechCheck.” She joined CNBC in 2015 after five years at Fox Business News.
- Senior executive producer Matt Quayle rejoins the daily ranks of Business News by taking the helm of “The Exchange” and “Power Lunch.” He has been at the network for three decades and was the founder of "Squawk Box."
- Senior executive producer Max Meyers will begin work, immediately, on a new 7pm business news program. He spent the past four years leading “Squawk Box,” and is a 16-year veteran of the network.
Media Moves at HuffPost, POLITICO & The Boston Globe, New Additions at Axios, STAT and More
December 9, 2022
HuffPost has welcomed Shruti Rajkumar as associate breaking news reporter. She was most recently a director of advocacy for the Asian Americans with Disabilities Imitative, and before that served as a digital news intern at NPR.
Brett Bachman has joined The Daily Beast as night editor. He joins the outlet from DailyMail.com where he spent the past 11 months as the U.S. news editor, managing a daily team of reporters across the full spectrum of news coverage. As a freelance writer. Bachman has contributed to Vox.com, Associated Press and City Pages in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has also served as an editor at Salon Media Group and a digital editor at the New York Post.
POLITICO has named Erin Banco national security reporter. She spent the past 11 months as a global health correspondent for the outlet and joined the staff in February 2021 as healthcare reporter. Prior to that, Banco was a national security reporter for The Daily Beats and an investigative reporter for The Star-Ledger before that.
Voice Media Group has hired Chelsey Dequaine-Jerabek to the newly created position of editorial director for the company. She joins VMG from The Capital Times and Madison Media Partners in Madison, Wisconsin, where she was the director of marketing and social media. Prior to that, Dequaine-Jerabek worked for Madison alt-weekly Isthmus. VMG is the publisher of independent newspapers and websites in major American markets, including Denver Westword, Phoenix New Times, the Dallas Observer, Miami New Times, and New Times Broward-Palm Beach.
Hilary Burns has joined The Boston Globe as reporter covering higher education. Most recently, she was a higher education editor for American City Business Journals, where she was the founding reporter and editor of higher-education newsletter, The National Observer: Higher Education Edition. Prior to that, Burns reported for American Banker and the Charlotte Business Journal.
Emily Foxhall has joined The Texas Tribune as a reporter covering energy. She joins the paper from the Houston Chronicle, where she was an environmental reporter. Foxhall spent seven years the the Chronicle and was part of the team that was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news in 2017 for coverage of Hurricane Harvey.
Axios has hired an editor and a reporter for its Local operations:
- Sam Allard has joined Axios to help launch a Cleveland newsletter as part of a major expansion plan in local reporting nationwide. Most recently, he was a staff writer for Cleveland Scene Magazine.
- Rachel La Corte has joined Axios as a West Coast-based editor. She spent the past 23 years at the Associated Press, the last 17 of which as correspondent leading statehouse and political coverage in Washington state.
Michael Domanico has been promoted to senior managing editor, people at Insider. He was most recently the managing editor and joined the outlet in 2020 as assistant managing editor. Domanico has previously freelanced for IGN Entrainment and interned at the U.S. Department of Labor.
The Hill has named Katie Wadington deputy managing editor. She was previously a Washington editor for breaking news and planning for USA Today and before that worked as Politics NOW editor and fact checker. Prior to USA Today, Wadington worked for the Asheville Citizen-Times for 15 years.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal has promoted Subrina Hudson to business editor. She led the business desk on an interim basis, less than a year after being named assistant business editor. Hudson joined the paper in 2019 as a reporter covering retail and real estate and before that has worked for CSQ, Orange County Business Journal and The Real Deal.
STAT has announced a couple of editorial staff updates:
- Elaine Chen has joined as the first cardiovascular reporter and will develop coverage of the beat by focusing on all aspects of heart and metabolic conditions, including diabetes and obesity. She joins STAT from Bloomberg, where she was a reporter.
- Reporter Andrew Joseph will begin a new role as STAT's first international correspondent in London early next year. Joseph joined STAT before its launch in 2015 and will open the outlet's first international bureau next year in London. In his new role, he will will take on a mix of news and enterprise and profiles as he reports on biotech and pharma-related stories.
Kelly Ann Smith has been promoted to deputy editor for growth projects at Forbes Advisor. Most recently, she served as a staff writer for consumer finance and has been with the company since 2019. Smith has also reported for Bankrate and The Penny Hoarder.
The Real Deal has promoted Hiten Samtani to vide president of content. He will oversee all content offerings, from the newsroom to its flagship magazine, subscriber-focused journalism, live events, video and training for reporters and editors. Samtani has been at the outlet since 2012 and has since worked in a variety of editorial roles, from reporter to managing editor to editor-at-large.
Phoebe Bain has joined Ad Age as senior reporter. She comes to the outlet from Morning Brew, where she founded Marketing Brew and spent two years covering the marketing industry. Prior to that, Bain wrote for Social Media Today under Industry Dive, and worked on the social media editing desk for Business Insider
Annie Linskey has joined The Wall Street Journal as economic policy reporter. She joined the paper from the Washington Post, where she was most recently a White House reporter. Linskey also spent a year in Boston covering New England politics for Bloomberg News and before that worked for the Baltimore Sun for nine years.
CNN has announced new assignments for its White House team:
- Phil Mattingly has been promoted to chief White House correspondent. He previously served as senior White House correspondent covering the Biden administration and before that was a congressional correspondent. Mattingly joined CNN in December 2015 from Bloomberg Television.
- MJ Lee has been promoted to senior White House correspondent. She has been covering the White House since 2021and was previously based in CNN's New York bureau. Before joining CNN in 2015, Lee was a finance and politics reporter at Politico.
Aaron Baker has moved to WYFF-TV, the NBC affiliate in Greenville, North Carolina, as an anchor and reporter. Previously, he was an anchor for KYTX-TV in Tyler, Texas, and before that served as a host at the Home Shopping Network and on YouTube as host of a popular technology show.
WNJU-TV, the Telemundo station in New York, has promoted Cristina Navarrete to weekend news anchor. She has been filling in as weekend anchor since May and will continue to work as a weekday general assignment reporter in addition to her new, full-time weekend anchor duties. Navarrete joined the station in 2016 and previously worked as reporter, producer and fill-in anchor for Telemundo Wisconsin and WDJT in Milwaukee.
Samaia Hernandez has joined WTIC-TV, the Fox affiliate in Hartford, Connecticut, as a reporter/anchor. Most recently, she was a reporter at WTNH-TV in Hartford, and before that held reporting positions at Tribune Company and NBC Universal.
CNBC has hired Gabrielle Fonrouge as a retail reporter covering direct to consumer brands. She joins the network from The New York Post, where she was a national correspondent and investigative reporter. Before that, Fonrouge was an associate producer on the true crime show “Torn from the Headlines: New York Post Reports.”
KAGS-TV, the NBC affiliate in Bryan, Texas, has welcomed Monique Brand as assistant news director. She was most recently the managing editor of the Lampasas Dispatch Record and before that reported for the Killeen Daily Herald in Texas.
Denise Killian has joined KWCH-TV, the CBS station in Wichita, Kansas, as news director. She most recently spent three years at ABC12 in Flint, Michigan as news director and before that worked for almost six years at Tribune Broadcasting.
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