Where did they go? Journalists on the move: week of May 30

by | Jun 3, 2016 | Media Moves

Notable journalist and media industry moves for the week of May 9, 2016:

  • The Washington Post: columnist Ruth Marcus upshifts to deputy editorial page editor and will oversee bylined opinion pieces online and in print.
  • The Seattle Times: Kathy Best leaves to become editor of The Missoulian in Missoula, Mont.
  • New York Post: USA Today Wall Street reporter Kaja Whitehouse onboards as crime and courts reporter.
  • Vogue: Sylvana Ward Durrett, director of special projects leaves.
  • WWSB-TV-Tampa, Florida: WAAY-TV-Huntsville, Ala. hires news director Jennifer Hardy as same.
  • The Baltimore Sun: assistant managing editor, Sam Davis, moves up to managing editor.
  • The Charlotte Observer: onboards editor Sherry Chisenhall from The Wichita Eagle as managing editor as of June 27. Chisenhall will replace Cheryl Carpenter, who is chief of the Washington bureau for The McClatchy Company.
  • Detroit Free Press: John Gallagher upshifts to senior business columnist from reporter.
  • International Business Times: onboards Forbes contributor Gaurav Sharma as UK business editor.
  • Vogue: Sylvana Ward Durrett, special projects editor, leaves.
  • Quartz: deputy news editor Kabir Chibber upshifts to business editor and will relocate to New York from London this summer. Deputy news editor Matt Quinn moves to technology editor. Thu-Huong Ha joins as reporter and will cover books and culture. Amy Wang joins as reporter and will cover music, media and the business of education. Leslie Josephs from The Wall Street Journal joins as travel reporter.
  • The Wall Street Journal: upshifts senior editor Bruce Orwall to global sports editor.
  • CNN: onboards Hollywoodlife.com senior entertainment reporter Chloe Melas as entertainment writer.
  • MagnifyMoney.com: boards Yahoo! Finance writer Mandi Woodruff as executive director.
  • Reading Eagle: upshifts assistant news editor/Sunday editor Mark Nemirow to editorial page editor and will replace Jim Homan who retired. Joe Hainthaler, assistant news editor, joins the editorial board. Keith Mayer, assistant news editor, will oversee the Sunday edition.
  • Politico: consolidates its media coverage under a new website, Politico Media, and re-launches its “Morning Media” e-newsletter. In light of the change, media coverage will no longer appear behind a paywall. Contributors to the publication include; deputy editor Alex Weprin, senior media writer Jack Shafer, senior reporter Joe Pompeo, digital media reporter Peter Sterne, reporter Hadas Gold, contributing writer Ken Doctor, and European media correspondent Alex Spence.
  • Vanity Fair: starts Hive, a website which covers business, technology and politics. Jon Kelly will serve as editor.
  • CNN: onboards S. Mitra Kalita, managing editor from Los Angeles Times, as VP of digital programming.
  • The Stranger: onboards features reporter Tricia Romano from The Seattle Times, as editor-in-chief, effective June 29.
  • Los Angeles Times: onboards managing editor Russ Mitchell from California Healthline as a reporter covering the intersection of automobiles and technology. Mitchell was the former technology editor with Los Angeles Times until the beginning of this year.
  • Chicago Tribune: onboards East Valley editor Kim Quillen from Arizona Republic, as a business source editor. She will cover food industry and workplace coverage.
  • Tribune Publishing: changes its name to “Tronc”, an abbreviation of “Tribune Online Content”. Newspapers under the publisher include the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, Hartford Courant, Orlando Sentinel and South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
  • Vice: onboards Silicon Valley reporter Nellie Bowles from The Guardian as technology correspondent in San Francisco. Staff writer, Roberto Ferdman, from The Washington Post joins as economics correspondent. TV critic Melissa Maerz from Entertainment Weekly joins as senior producer for culture.


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