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Media Moves at NPR & Greenwire, Gawker Returns

Online entertainment and news site Gawker, which ceased publication in 2016, is planning a comeback in early 2019. Bustle Digital Group bought the outlet this past July, and the first hires have already been made to prepare for relaunch:

  • Carson Griffith is joining as editorial director for the site. She was most recently an entertainment editor with Architectural Digest, and has had her writing picked up by Elle, The Hollywood Reporter, CQ, and more. 
  • Ben Barna has been named senior editor for the comeback. He comes from Interview Magazine, where he was a features editor. Prior to that, he was senior editor at Nylon Magazine and editorial director for Bullett Magazine. 
  • Experienced media executive, Amanda Hale, was the first new employee appointed at Gawker as publisher. In the past, she has held executive positions for The Outline, The Nation, and with TPM Media, LLC. 

NPR's Weekend All Things Considered has appointed Natalie Winston as executive producer of the show. Winston has been with NPR since 2008, starting as an intern on the election team. Since then, she has served as an associate editor, associate producer, and editor for the network. Winston joined Weekend All Things Considered in 2018 as acting supervising editor. 

Greenwire deputy editor, Katie Howell, has been promoted to coordinating editor for the E&E News publication. She started at Greenwire in 2008, where she reported on breaking news concerning congressional energy policy and energy technology. Prior to two different stints as an associate geologist, Howell served as an editorial assistant for Traveler magazine and National Geographic.

Dell Poncet, managing editor of the Philadelphia Business Journal, has announced his retirement. He has been with the magazine for 31 years, and his last day will be March 29, 2019. h/t TalkingBizNews

Lockwood Broadcast Group's Augusta, Georgia station WFXG-TV welcomes Denise Vickers as general manager of the station. She comes from WHNT-TV in Huntsville, Alabama, where she was vice president of news and station manager. Before that, she was in Montgomery, Alabama as news director for WSFA-TV.

Reporter Shelby Cashman has relocated to Hearst Television Inc. Albuquerque, New Mexico station KOAT-TV. She comes from KOKH-TV in Oklahoma, where she was a traffic anchor and lifestyle host. 

Cumulus Media Inc. Grand Rapids, Michigan station, WNTR-FM, has flipped formats from country to alternative music. Prior to the country music format, 94.5 was occupied by WKLQ-FM, with a hit radio format.

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About Marissa Connell

Marissa Connell is a Media Research Specialist for Cision's media research department. She is also an editor for Cision's HARO and ProfNet newsletters. Find her on Twitter @Marissa1Connell

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