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Media Moves at the New Republic & NBC News, LA Times Names Deputy Managing Editor for News

The New Republic has named veteran editor Chris Lehmann as its editor. He has served as consulting editorial director at the magazine since February and has been the editor in chief of The Baffler since 2016, where he will remain in an editor at large position. Lehmann has also previously worked at Congressional Quarterly and the New York Observer.

Spencer Jakab is the new editor of WSJ's Heard on the StreetHe most recently served as deputy editor of Heard since 2015, and before that wrote the Ahead of the Tape column for years. Before The Journal, Jakab worked at the Financial Times and Dow Jones Newswires, and was a stock analyst at Credit Suisse.

NBC News has hired Vicky Nguyen as an investigative and consumer correspondent, effective April 22. She comes from KNTV-TV in San Francisco, where she spent the last 12 years as a senior investigative reporter and anchor. Nguyen’s investigative reporting has led to multiple state and federal investigations and changes to national policies.

Longtime BuzzFeed editor Shani Hilton will leave the outlet in May to join the Los Angeles Times as deputy managing editor for news. She is currently the VP of news and programming at BuzzFeed and has worked closely with editor in chief Ben Smith in running the site for the last few years in New York. Her last day will be May 2 and she is set to start at the LA Times on June 3. In her new position Hilton will work on digital strategy, driving subscriptions, newsroom operations, events, budgets, video programming and recruiting.

The Washington Post has tapped Jonathan Baran as a San Francisco-based reporter/editor and part of an expanded technology team. Most recently he was Fortune magazine’s West Coast video producer and prior to that worked as a video producer for Engadget, TIME, Reuters and other outlets.

Hilary Burns has joined Boston Business Journal as associate editor. She previously covered community banking for two years at American Banker and before that worked for the Charlotte Business Journal as banking and entrepreneurship reporter.  

CRN Digital Talk Radio has launched “Feed Your Face with Merrill Schindler,” a weekly, one-hour, culinary and travel talk show hosted by longtime Los Angeles restaurant critic Merrill Schindler. The show airs live on CRN 1 Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. PT, and is replayed Saturday at 2 -3 p.m. and Sunday at noon to 1 p.m. PT.  This marks the return of Schindler to the airwaves – he has previously hosted shows at several Los Angeles stations, including KABC-AM and KLSX. Executive-producing the program is longtime CRN 1 producer Courtney Kadera, who has been with the station since 2006. 

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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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