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Media Moves at CNN & Bloomberg Businessweek, Associated Press Announces Middle East Leadership Team

The Associated Press has announced a new Middle East leadership team:

·         Zeina Karam has been named news director overseeing coverage of Syria, Lebanon and Iraq; she is based in Beirut, Lebanon. She previously served in a similar capacity at the AP overseeing Lebanon and Syria, and before that she spent two years as the bureau chief in Beirut. Karam joined the news service in 1999 as correspondent.

·         Maggie Hyde has been named news director covering Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Egypt for the Associated Press in Cairo. She was most recently a video journalist for the news wire and joined the staff in 2014 after a few years working for the Egypt Independent.

·         Joe Federman is now the news director for the Associated Press in Jerusalem, overseeing coverage of Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian territories. He was previously the bureau chief in Jerusalem and has been with the AP since 1993, with a three-year stint at The Wall Street Journal from 2000 through 2003.

Sydney Maki now covers Latin American emerging markets as a reporter for Bloomberg News. She most recently served as a rotational reporter for the newswire and covered the stock market and New York real estate. She joined Bloomberg News in 2018 as an intern. Prior to that, she worked at PBS in Arizona and a producer.

Bloomberg Businessweek has hired Michael Leibel as social media editor; he starts July 1. Leibel comes from Bloomberg’s TicToc, where he served as the social media editor since 2017. Prior to that, he worked for Cheddar and Facebook.

Daniel Dale has joined CNN in Washington, D.C., as a reporter and fact-checker, effective June 17.  He is a longtime Toronto Star staff, who most recently served as the Washington, D.C., bureau chief, a position he has held for 11 years.  Dale joined the Toronto Star in 2008 as city reporter.

CFO Journal has recruited Mark Maurer as a reporter. He was previously a reporter and editor for The Real Deal, where he wrote on New York City real estate, including large property deals, development and financing. Before that, Maurer was a features reporter for the Newark Star-Ledger and a news reporter for The Jersey Journal before that.

Natasha Rausch is the new reporter for InForum in Fargo, North Dakota, covering Native American issues in North Dakota and Minnesota. She is a former Bloomberg reporter, where she most recently covered corporate finance. She has also covered automation/data. Healthcare, and insurance at Bloomberg. Before that she was a correspondent for USA Today.

KDFW-TV, the Fox owned station in Dallas, has hired Steven Dial as general assignment reporter, effective July 1. He comes from KSHB-TV in Kansas City, Missouri, where he served as a reporter and fill-in anchor. Before that he was a reporter at First Coast News in Jacksonville, Florida.  


ESPN has announced that it will end its ESPN Deportes Radio network on September 8.  Some of its programming will shift to podcast delivery, including “Jorge Ramos y Su Banda” and “Raza Deportiva.” ESPN Deportes is a radio network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24/7 in the Spanish language. The channel broadcasts transmissions made in different ESPN studios in North America.

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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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