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Media Moves at MSNBC & Politico, a Departure at NPR

The Washington Post has hired Ben Golliver as national NBA writer based in Los Angeles. He began his duties on Dec. 3. Golliver spent the last six years as an NBA writer for Sports Illustrated, and most recently chronicled LeBron James’s arrival in Los Angeles as a member of the Lakers. He is also the co-host of the popular NBA podcast "Open Floor" and appears on national radio and television broadcast outlets to discuss basketball and the league. 

Anieze Osakwe has joined MSNBC as associate producer. She comes from ABC News, where she joined as an intern in 2016, and most recently served as production assistant. Osakwe is a recent MSc graduate of The London School of Economics and Political Science.

Fox Business has launched "WSJ at Large with Gary Baker," a 30-minute, weekly show hosted by former top Wall Street Journal editor Gary Baker. The show's debut was Nov. 30 and runs Fridays at 9:30 p.m. It features interviews with major industry leaders impacting Wall Street, Washington and business in America. Bill McColl has joined as senior producer, after spending three years as a producer at Fox Radio.  

Politico is preparing for the 2020 political campaign by hiring a handful of reporters, and shifting the beat for one on its existing roster: 

  • Laura Barron-Lopez is a new national political reporter covering politics and the upcoming 2020 elections. She comes from the Washington Examiner, where she spent the last year as political reporter. Before that, she served as congressional reporter for HuffPost, and a reporter for The Hill. 
  • Holly Otterbein has joined as national political reporter also covering the 2020 presidential campaigns. She comes from the Philadelphia Enquirer, where she most recently served as clout reporter.
  • Anita Kumar will join the staff in January as White House correspondent and associate editor. She is currently wrapping up her duties as national correspondent at McClatchy Newspapers, where she has been on staff since 2012. Before that, she worked for the Washington Post and The St. Petersburg Times. 
  • Sarah Ferris, has shifted her coverage to the House. She has reported on budgets since January 2017, and before joining Politico worked for The Hill as a congressional reporter for three years. 

NPR's "Fresh Air" has severed ties with film critic David Edelstein after a joke he made on social media about the death of director Bernardo Bertolucci drew backlash. He continues to be the head film critic for New York magazine and a contributor to CBS Sunday Morning. 

Neil Woulfe is the new  morning daypart executive producer at WLS-TV, Chicago's ABC station. He comes from WOIO-TV in Cleveland, Ohio, where he served as senior executive producer for a year. Before that, he worked for WMAQ-TV in Chicago for four years. 

 

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About Anna Marevska

Anna Marevska is an editor and writer for Cision Blog, and writes media updates, media influencer and industry features. She is also manager of content and research at Cision’s research department, and the editor of FashionFilesmag.com. Find her on Twitter at @Anna_Mar3.

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