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Media Moves at Popular Mechanics and WaPo, New Lineup on WXLC-FM

Meghan Kruger, the Director of Global Subscriber Engagement for The Washington Post, is joining the editorial side of the paper as associate opinions editor. Prior to the Post, Kruger held multiple business roles at Bertelsmann media company, Penguin Random House, and more. Before earning her MBA at Stanford, she made stops at National Review as an associate editor, The New York Sun as a reporter, and even the White House as a speech writer for George W. Bush.

The New York Times has brought on Becky Hughes as social media editor for NYT Cooking. She comes to the paper from Epicurious, where she held positions as an editorial assistant and associate social media manager. Hughes has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and food theory from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. While she was there, she served as editor in chief of Spoon University, writing and photographing recipes and food articles. 

Vox Media has hired Erica Anderson as executive producer of content and partnership for Recode. In her new position, Anderson will oversee editorial direction for Recode and related Vox Media outlets. She comes from Google, where she was the head of news ecosystem in the Google News Lab. 

Hearst Magazine's Popular Mechanics has named Alexander George editor in chief, overseeing both print and online versions of the magazine. George joined Popular Mechanics in 2014 as an associate editor, and most recently held the title of technology editor. Before that, he contributed to numerous publications, including Wired, Wirecutter, and SF Weekly. 

Violeta Podrumedic will join Hubbard Radio's Chicago morning show on WTMX-FMEric in the Morning with Melissa & Whip, as a reporter. She is moving from another Chicago radio station, Tribune Broadcasting's WGN-AM, where she was a traffic reporter. She started at WGN in 2014 as an associate producer, covering breaking and local news. 

Alpha Media's Waukegan, Illinois station, WXLC-FM, has debuted an entirely new on-air lineup:

  • Wes McKane takes over as morning on air personality, from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. weekdays. McKane comes from the Milwaukee market, where he hosted mornings on Entercom stations WYMX-FM and WXSS-FM for over a decade. 
  • Joining McKane as a co-host is Leah Andersen, from Alpha Media's WIIL-FM. She was a weekend host and morning fill-in co-host for the station. 
  • Moving up in the schedule from evenings is Jason Cornell, who can now be heard on-air from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. He also serves as chief engineer for the station.  
  • The new nighttime personality, taking over for Cornell, is Janelle Rominski. She takes the 7 p.m. to midnight slot, and also acts as the promotions director for WXCL. 

Sinclair Broadcast Group has hired Ameshia Cross as a political commentator. She will produce and host a daily commentary segment for the network called "Cross Point with Ameshia Cross." The segment will take a more left-leaning position than Boris Epshteyn's segment, also airing on Sinclair. 

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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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