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CisionScoops at Wine Enthusiast and Bloomberg, New Coverage at AP, and Departures at WTVD and The Progressive Farmer

Cision’s research department makes over 20,000 media updates to our influencer database each day! Here are the latest moves to keep your media lists up to date and on point. All CisionScoops reflect original reporting from the Media Research team; if you have a scoop, send it to mediamoves@cision.com.

CisionScoop: Wine Enthusiast has found a new contributing travel editor in Lauren Mowery. Mowery founded her own wine travel blog, Chasing the Vine, in 2011, and has since had her writing featured by USA Today, Forbes, and Village Voice.

CisionScoop: Jorgelina de Rosario joined Bloomberg News‘ Buenos Aires bureau as the outlet’s new Spanish editor. She’ll be covering news in Argentina and Latin America as a whole, both in English and in Spanish. She comes from Infobae, where she served as economics editor for the past five years.

Joining the growing trend of marijuana reporting and journalism, The Associated Press has created a full team focused on covering the legalization and regulation of marijuana. Comprised of existing reporters across the country, the team is as follows:

  • At the helm is California news editor Frank Baker, who first joined AP in 1989. He will continue his regional news coverage, in addition to overseeing the marijuana team.
  • California law enforcement reporter Michael Balsamo joins the marijuana team as well. Balsamo has worked with AP for the past four years, and before that, wrote for Examiner.com.
  • Rounding out the LA marijuana team is investigative reporter Michael R. Blood. He has added marijuana to his coverage, in addition to his state government and politics beats.
  • In San Francisco, Paul Elias will be covering marijuana, in addition to his local crime and legal beats. Elias has been with AP for over a decade, covering a vast number of topics, including biotechnology and legal affairs.
  • Reporting from Colorado is Kathleen Foody, who will cover marijuana regulation for medical and recreational use. Foody has been with AP since 2014, first at the Atlanta bureau before moving to Colorado.
  • Gene Johnson will handle marijuana coverage in Seattle, along with local news and legal affairs.
  • And on the East coast, Justice Department reporter Sadie Gurman will handle coverage from a federal standpoint at the D.C. bureau. Gurman first joined AP in Colorado in 2014, before moving to D.C. in 2017.

After nearly two decades with Univision Communications, Jessica Rodriguez has been promoted to president and chief operating officer of the network. She will oversee programming, production, and marketing for Univision, one of the largest Spanish-speaking media companies in the United States. Rodriguez has been with the network since 2000.

At Pensions & Investments, a couple of reporters are taking on new beats:

  • James Comtois at the New York bureau is now a general assignment reporter. He previously covered the business of money management for P&I for the past five years.
  • Senior reporter Christine Williamson, will be taking on business of money management, focusing on the East coast. Based in Chicago, Williamson will also continue her current coverage of hedge funds in addition.

Lewis D’Vorkin, former editor in chief at the Los Angeles Times, has transferred to parent company tronc, where he will serve as chief content officer. Taking over for D’Vorkin is Jim Kirk, who briefly served as interim EIC before D’Vorkin in November of last year. Kirk left the LA Times to serve as interim EIC for the New York Daily News after its acquisition by tronc. He is now at the LA Times to stay, overseeing operations as editor in chief.

ABC and 20th Century Fox veteran Lynn Barrie has joined Disney-owned Freeform as its new senior vice president of original programming and development. She will oversee development of scripted series for both drama and comedy for the channel.

Long time reporter and anchor Jon Camp is no longer in investigative journalism. For the past two years, he has served as investigative managing editor for WTVD, the ABC affiliate in Durham, NC. Now, he has founded CampSight Strategies, a firm dedicated to covering the political, business, and nonprofit sectors in North Carolina.

After eight years with The Progressive Farmer, Jim Patrico has retired as senior editor. In his farewell article, Patrico reminisced about the leaps and bounds the agriculture industry has made with new technology, and his passion for covering its development. The DTN/Progressive Farmer team wishes his the best of luck in his retirement.

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