Where did they go? Journalists on the move week of July 4

by | Jul 8, 2016 | Media Moves

Notable journalist and media industry moves:

  • Drug Store News: announces that Gina Acosta will be the new online news editor, replacing David Salazar, who becomes the associate editor, pharmacy.
  • Latina Magazine: Interactive One managing editor Jada Gomez-Lacayo joins as digital deputy editor.
  • The New Yorker: Bloomberg Businessweek features editor and national correspondent Sheelah Kolhatkar joins as staff writer.
  • CNN: onboards Mashable deputy tech editor Samantha Murphy Kelly as tech editor based in New York.
  • International Business Times: a round of layoffs sees the departure of the following staff: business editor Roland Jones; managing editor Michael Learmonth; European technology editor David Gilbert; deputy editor Christopher Zara; personal finance editor Lauren Lyons Cole; entertainment business reporter Matt Pressberg; Wall Street reporter Owen Davis; social media reporter Kerry Flynn; politics reporter Ned Resnikoff; media reporter Oriana Schwindt; senior writer Eric Markowitz; staff writer Joel Warner; and staff writer Max Willens.
  • Reuters: North Asia general manager Don Durfee upshifts to managing editor for news; deputy editor Martin Howell moves to Asia top news editor in Singapore.
  • Newsweek: technology editor Grant Burningham and technology reporter Seung Y. Lee both depart.
  • Scientific American: David Biello, associate editor, leaves.
  • People Magazine: Sara Hammel, writer, leaves.
  • BuzzFeed: launches a new beat aimed at debunking fake news stories on the internet. It is led by BuzzFeed Canada editor Craig Silverman. The site has shut down its Ottawa bureau and will scale back coverage of Canadian politics. Canadian politics editor Paul McLeod will relocate to the D.C. bureau. Dino Grandoni joins as climate and energy reporter.
  • Discovery Communications: upshifts TLCme managing editor Mara Betsch to senior product manager.
  • The Hill: Mediaite columnist Joe Concha joins as media reporter, and will be based in New Jersey.
  • Idaho Statesman: Kansas City Star assistant managing editor Rhonda Prast onboards as editor and VP; Prast replaces Vicki Gowler, who has retired.
  • Athlon Media Group: the recently shuttered Harris Publications has been acquired by Athlon Media Group. The new owner is evaluating which titles to retain, which include Celebrity Hairstyles, Rides and Naturally, Danny Seo.
  • BuzzFeed: Medical Daily reporter/editor Anthony Rivas joins as senior health editor.
  • Gannett Co.:  North Jersey Media Group Inc., publisher of The (Bergen) Record, Herald News, and other newspapers, is acquired by Gannett Co.
  • Seattle Times: sports editor Don Shelton moves up to become editor, and will replace Kathy Best, who is now editor of The Missoulian in Montana.
  • Allure: freelancer Ariba Alvi joins as associate social media producer.
  • Politico: deputy technology editor Amy Schatz departs the publication for a PR job with the U.S. Telecom Association.


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