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2022-08-01T07:00:00.0000000Z

2022-08-01T07:00:00.0000000Z

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New hires, promotions and relocations across the industry A new chapter in Bowling Green (Kentucky) Daily News history began with completion of the sale of the paper from the Gaines family to Carpenter Newsmedia LLC, an affiliate of Boone Newspapers Inc. While the Gaines family exits after 140 years of ownership of the paper, familiar faces will remain at the helm of the Daily News. Joe Imel has been named the paper’s general manager and Wes Swietek remains the newspaper’s managing editor. As its top leader, Imel will be responsible for all facets of the newspaper’s print and digital operations. Swietek will be responsible for news and opinion content. Gary Adkisson has returned to Pennsylvania from North Dakota to become regional group vice president overseeing the Kittanning Times Leader, the Connellsville Daily Courier, the Latrobe Bulletin and associated publications in southwestern Pennsylvania. All are part of the Sample News Group family of newspapers. Adkisson, who will be based in Kittanning, most recently was publisher of the Bismarck Tribune. Among other regional duties, Adkisson will be hands-on with the company’s weekly newspapers in Mt. Pleasant and Scottsdale, as well as Your Local Auto and The Trader shopper, which are operated out of Kittanning. In addition, Tammy Bish, the Sample group’s publisher in Kittanning, was recently promoted to regional accounting director for the company. Mark Millsap has taken the role of general manager for Central Missouri Newspapers Inc., where he will oversee the daily operations of the Jefferson City (Missouri) News Tribune, Fulton Sun, California Democrat and HER Magazine, along with CMNI’S commercial printing facility. Most recently, he was the publisher of the Norman Transcript and about five other newspapers in Central Oklahoma for about 11 years. Millsap is stepping in as the general manager after the unexpected death of David Meadows, who was the CMNI general manager since January 2020. Meadows died May 11. Editor Andrew Wigger has been promoted to publisher of The Newberry (South Carolina) Observer. His promotion comes as the previous publisher, Andy Husk, steps down to relocate to Omaha, Nebraska. Julia Stidham has been named publisher of The Union in Grass Valley, California, and Don Rogers is returning to the newsroom as editor. Stidham previously was the paper’s associate publisher and advertising director. The role of a local newspaper is to be a reflection of the community it serves. That’s how Moultrie (South Carolina) News’ incoming publisher Lisa Ortiz describes the paper. “It’s about being the voice of what’s happening in the community,” Ortiz said. She spent the last several years with The Post and Courier (Charleston, South Carolina) as the commercial print and prepress manager. Tessa Olive, a wellknown name on the Post Bulletin sales team (Rochester, Minnesota), has added a new title to her office door — advertising director. Olive, who joined the Post Bulletin in 2015 as the marketing director for Rochester Magazine, stepped into the new role as advertising director of all Rochester publications. She succeeds Kati Cooley. Jim Perry was named publisher of the Sedalia (Missouri) Democrat and Warrensburg (Missouri) Starjournal by Phillips Media Group, the Democrat’s parent company. Perry has a long history with Phillips Media and most recently was the publisher of the Harrison (Arkansas) Daily Times from 2015 to 2021. Perry succeeds former Publisher Will Weibert, who left the Democrat in May to pursue other career opportunities. Dean Mark J. Lodato has announced the appointment of two new associate deans for the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University: Hua Jiang as associate dean for academic affairs and Brad Horn as associate dean for strategic initiatives. The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications has announced promotions for five faculty members. Eric Esterline, Media Production, Management and Technology lecturer in sports media and communication and director of the Sports Journalism and Communication Program, has been promoted to senior lecturer. Herbert Lowe, Journalism lecturer, has been promoted to senior lecturer. Jay Hmielowski, Public Relations assistant professor, has been granted tenure and promoted to associate professor. Benjamin Johnson, Advertising assistant professor, has been granted tenure and promoted to associate professor. Linjuan Rita Men, Public Relations associate professor, has been promoted to full professor. Charles M. Sennott, veteran journalist and founder of The Groundtruth Project, will step out of his current position as CEO to focus on his role as editor-in-chief, effective Sept. 15. A board-led transition committee will guide the executive leadership through a two-phase plan. As part of the second phase, after a new CEO and president has been selected, Steven Waldman will step aside from his position as president of Report for America to transition fully to the advancement of public policy through his role as chairman of the Rebuild Local News Coalition, which he founded two years ago. Buzzfeed News has named Karolina Waclawiak as editorin-chief. As the first woman editor-in-chief of Buzzfeed News, Waclawiak brings over 14 years of editorial experience to the helm of the news organization and previously served as the executive editor of culture and director of news development for Buzzfeed Studios. Stephanie Schenkel has joined the Institute for Nonprofit News as the director of network philanthropy, a role that is responsible for designing and managing capacity-building programs and collaborative fundraising initiatives to grow philanthropic support for newsrooms across the INN Network. Videographer Mark E. Potts has been promoted to senior producer of video series for L.A. Times Originals. Potts has long been a leader on the video team, but now it’s official. In his new role, Potts will develop humorand entertainment-based series for Youtube and other social media channels. He has been with The Times since 2015. of directors. Kamanda, a product manager at Google, and Suh, chief people officer at Time, both cited the critical and timely importance of the Pulitzer Prize-winning nonprofit newsroom’s mission of confronting inequality in the U.S. through investigative journalism. They bring experience to the board in philanthropy, government service in both domestic and foreign policy, human resources and technology. Advertising Manager Jackie Nowicki has retired from The Citizen, a weekly publication in Ortonville, Michigan. She, along with then-publisher Jim Sherman of the Oxford-based Sherman Publications, started The Citizen newspaper with a plan in the summer of 1994. The Sumter (South Carolina) Item has recently welcomed a handful of faces to its newsroom and customer service department that are a mix of new hires and returning employees or were promoted. Jill Burrus was promoted from her role in customer service to the department’s manager, filling the position left open with Kathy Stafford’s retirement after 25 years with the newspaper. To fill her customer service position, The Item welcomed Destiny Hester. Two additions to the newsroom have recently been made. Ashley Miller joins The Item as a news reporter and Isaiah Lucas joins as a sports reporter. Among the new faces is a familiar one The Item recently welcomed back. Cary Howard returned to the Item’s graphics department, where she worked for 13 years before a few-year stint at Hodge Systems and Consulting Services. Graciela Mochkofsky, who has distinguished herself as a journalist, author, teacher and academic in two languages on two continents, will become the third dean to lead the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY since it opened in 2006. A native of Argentina, she is the only Latina serving as dean at a graduate school of journalism in the U.S. Mochkofsky joined the Newmark J-school in 2016 to launch the nation’s first bilingual master’s journalism concentration in English and Spanish. Three years later, she added the Center for Community Media to her portfolio, serving as executive director to an enterprise that supports hundreds of news outlets covering immigrants and communities of color across the country. Yolanda Sangweni has been promoted to vice president of programming and new content development with NPR. As vice president, she will continue to lead and build out a growing portfolio of culturefocused programming and podcasts. She also will oversee NPR’S content development process to surface great ideas and innovative programming that supports NPR’S mission. She came to NPR in 2020 from Luminary, where she was director of programming and editorial. The Bedford (Massachusetts) Citizen announces that long-time Managing Editor Julie Turner is stepping down. She will remain managing editor until a successor is named. She does, however, expect to stay associated with The Citizen in a new role currently under development. Gary Garrison has begun his new role as the Boulder (Colorado) Daily Camera’s opinion page editor, returning to the Boulder Valley after several years outside of Colorado and the country. Veteran New Jersey journalist James Mcqueeny has joined Tapinto as News Around New Jersey managing editor and columnist. Mcqueeny wrote for the Star-ledger covering the State House and as Washington bureau chief for nearly a decade and later reported for The New York Times. Barron’s has hired Neal Templin as an editor and reporter. He has been freelancing for Barron’s — writing a retirement column — and The Wall Street Journal for the past two years. He previously was finance editor in the Americas for Reuters. Newsweek has hired Shaun Waterman as a cybersecurity correspondent on its enterprise reporting team. Recently, he was working freelance. The Los Angeles Times has announced two promotions in the California section: Cindy Chang joins management as a deputy editor and Maria L. La Ganga is the new city editor. Chang has been an assistant city editor since early 2021. La Ganga joined The Times in 1981 as an academic intern, and then left The Times in 2015 and returned in 2018 after a brief hiatus during which she wrote for The Guardian and the Idaho Statesman. This is her third stint at The Times. MSNBC has named Alex Wagner to succeed Rachel Maddow as the weekday host of its 9 p.m. hour four days a week, turning to a political news veteran to fill one of the network’s most important time slots. Wagner worked for MSNBC as a host of a daytime show for several years, and rejoined the channel in February as a senior political analyst and guestanchor during prime time, filling in for Maddow and Chris Hayes. The Vineyard Gazette, on Martha’s Vineyard, welcomed a new editor in July when Brian P. Boyd succeeded Julia Wells, who retired after 18 years as newsroom leader. Boyd joins the Gazette from Shore Publishing on the Connecticut coast, where he was the editor in charge of seven weekly newspapers, associated websites and more than a dozen specialty publications. Accuweather has announced the addition of veteran content creator Helen Swenson to its leadership team as chief content officer. Swenson joins Accuweather from her previous role as vice president of content at NY1 Spectrum News. Geoff Thompson, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Media Production, Management and Technology lecturer, has been named the new associate director of Sports Journalism and Communication, effective Aug. 15. Sabrina Ram has joined The Philadelphia Inquirer as its vice president of communications. Ram has strong experience in growing the brands of prestigious higher education institutions and ed tech companies, having most recently served in roles with Arcadia University, Walden University, Laureate Education, Inc., 2U, Inc. and Drexel University Online. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has appointed two new vice presidents. Knight has appointed Alejandro de Onís, Knight’s director for digital strategy and design, to vice president for communications and digital strategy. Roshell R. Rinkins, Knight’s senior director for grants administration, has been appointed to the role of vice president for grants administration and chief diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) officer. These appointments fill the positions held by Heidi Barker, who was vice president for communications and chief DEI officer, who left Knight to take an external opportunity. The Solutions Journalism Network has welcomed Jaisal Noor as democracy initiative manager. Noor has years of experience covering creative political movements and will be working with newsrooms to uncover and share stories of how to build healthier, more accessible democracy for everyone. After 50 years and five-and-a-half months at the paper, Keith Lawrence, business and entertainment reporter with the Owensboro (Kentucky) Messenger-inquirer, has retired. The Britannica Group, which publishes the Encyclopaedia Britannica and many other information and instructional products under the Britannica and Merriam-webster brands, has announced the appointment of veteran Washington Post editor Tracy Grant to the position of editor-in-chief. Washington Post tech reporter Reed Albergotti has been hired by news startup Semafor to oversee its technology coverage. He has been The Post’s consumer electronics reporter, covering Apple and other hardware manufacturers. Katherine Landergan has joined The Atlanta Journal-constitution as the health and safety net reporter. Among the topics and institutions she will be responsible for writing about are child protective services, the foster care system, children with special needs, homelessness, and aging and senior issues. Before joining the AJC, Landergan worked in New Jersey for Politico over the past seven years, covering the state Legislature and administrations of former Gov. Chris Christie and current Gov. Phil Murphy. Hamed Aleaziz has joined the Los Angeles Times to cover immigration policy for Metro. He comes from Buzzfeed News, where he covered immigration and consistently broke news on Trump and Biden policies, revealed several internal reports detailing conditions within DHS detention and documented how ICE deported a group of children to Guatemala after a federal court judge said it couldn’t. Doug Norwood has joined the Los Angeles Times as a lead on the Features copy desk. Norwood previously worked with The Washington Post, including a 12-year stint as the Style section’s copy desk chief. The Central Valley Journalism Collaborative has appointed Michelle Morgante as editor-in-chief of its newsroom, tapping a news veteran to lead a newly formed journalism collaborative that seeks to activate a vibrant local free press. The goals of the Collaborative are to grow newsroom jobs, increase the diversity of the reporting workforce, engage the next generation of consumers, support local journalism ecosystem innovation and expand philanthropic investment in the San Joaquin Valley. Before joining CVJC, Morgante was the member network director for the Institute for Nonprofit News. Phil Seibel has joined The Bismarck (North Dakota) Tribune advertising staff as the managing director. He will work with the advertising and marketing team to serve businesses in the community, as well as throughout the state of North Dakota. Seibel, a Minnesota transplant, will be based in Bismarck full time. He has worked over a decade in digital marketing, primarily working for community newspapers. The Atlanta Journalconstitution has named Eric Stirgus as its education editor. Stirgus has been a journalist with the AJC since November 2001. Prior to being named education editor, he was the newspaper’s higher education reporter. Indian journalist Mitali Mukherjee has been appointed as the new director of journalist programmes of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. She will be part of the senior management team, taking up her post on Sept. 1. Hong Cheng, who was dean and professor in the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago, is the new dean of the College of Arts and Media at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Cheng, a scholar of international communication and mass media, had been at Loyola since 2019. Prior to that, he was director and professor of the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture at Virginia Commonwealth University. The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism has hired its first donor engagement coordinator, Zachary Peterson, who will manage the organization’s communications with donors, expand the organization’s individual donors, and advance the Center’s mission through the expansion of individual revenue. Sandra Diamond Fox has taken over as Ridgefield (Connecticut) Press editor from Alyssa Seidman, who has moved on to another position at Hearst. Fox has written for newspapers since 2005. Katie Oyan has been promoted to deputy news director for local news success for The Associated Press. Her new role marks an expansion of AP’S mission to help members and customers succeed, through efforts like localization guides and the Storyshare platform. Oyan started her career at newspapers before joining AP in 2005 as night supervisor in Helena, Montana. She later moved to Phoenix to join the West Desk’s inaugural editing crew in 2009. She has since held various leadership roles on the desk and had a hand in many major stories. In March 2020, she helped launch a first-of-its-kind partnership with Indian Country Today, a nonprofit news outlet devoted to covering Indigenous affairs. After returning to the AP, Oyan took on a new role late last year helping oversee West editing operations. Mundonow, previously Mundo Hispanico, has appointed multicultural digital media veteran Andrew Polsky as chief revenue officer and partner. Polsky’s hire is part of Mundo Hispanico’s relaunch as Mundonow, a strategic move to build creative media tech tools and content that reach the entirety of the U.S. Latino market, which is now driven by the dominant 55 percent of America’s Latino population that identifies as either bilingual, bicultural or Englishlanguage preferred. Tulsa (Oklahoma) World President Mark Lewis announced two promotions in the advertising department. Misti Rinehart is now the Tulsa World advertising director, and Kathryn Bezler is now the Lee Enterprises South Region advertising operations director. Larry Graham, founder and director of The Diversity Pledge Institute, has been named a 2022 Maynard 200 Fellow by the Maynard Institute. The fellowship seeks to cultivate media industry leaders who are dedicated to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in journalism. Ryan Reynolds was named interim executive editor of the Evansville (Indiana) Courier & Press and Henderson (Kentucky) Gleaner after Cindi Andrews left to take a management role at the Indianapolis Star. Andrews is the new senior news director at the Star, where she will report to Executive Editor Bro Krift. Before coming to Evansville in January 2021, she worked at the Denver Post and Cincinnati Enquirer. Earlier this year, The Associated Press pledged to inject more resources into covering the challenges to democracy in the U.S. including voting rights and access, the administration of elections and the role of misinformation and propaganda. AP announced that it is moving forward with this crucial journalism by appointing Tom Verdin as the new democracy news editor. For the past seven years, he has managed AP’S signature coverage of state government in all 50 statehouses. Dylan Phillips is the new editor of The Brunswick Beacon, Shallotte, North Carolina. He joins the staff from the Mebane Enterprise, where he ran the editorial side of the paper. In addition, Zach Kilby has been hired by The Brunswick Beacon as a staff writer and photographer. He accepted the position following his graduation at Unc-wilmington. While majoring in communication studies, he worked as the sports editor for The Seahawk, the university’s student newspaper, while also spending time with UNCW Baseball as the social media manager and team photographer. After seven years of providing sports coverage in The Molokai Dispatch (Kaunakakai, Hawaii), Rick Schonely is stepping back from the role of sports reporter. In 2015, following his retirement from the Maui Fire Dept., Schonely began contributing to The Molokai Dispatch’s sports coverage, whether taking photos, writing stories, sharing his “Sports Reports” on Facebook, sending scores or keeping in touch with alumni athletes. Kaitlan Collins, CNN’S chief White House reporter, has been elected by her peers to serve as the president of the White House Correspondents’ Association in 2024. Group lead editor Madeline Westberg has taken on the role of managing editor of The Waterloo/marshall Courier (Lake Mills, Wisconsin). Current managing editor Ryan Spoehr also is taking a new role in Hometown News Group and Adams Publishing Group. Spoehr is stepping away from his position as the Waterloo/marshall Courier managing editor to take the same role at the Milton Courier, also a Hometown News Group publication. Westberg will take on directing reporters on assignments in the Waterloo and Marshall areas, building a regional coverage team that will serve Waterloo, Marshall, Cambridge, Deerfield, Cottage Grove, Monona, Lake Mills and Mcfarland. The Robert R. Mccormick Foundation announced the retirement of longtime directors John Madigan and Don Wycliff. Madigan is the retired chairman and CEO of Tribune Company, having served as chairman/ CEO from 1995 through 2003. He served as a director of the Mccormick Foundation for 40 years, including 11 as chairman. Wycliff served as a director of the Mccormick Foundation for 12 years, during which the Foundation issued grants of over $600 million. FROM THE WASHINGTON POST: Johanna Mayer-jones has been named head of global client and agency partnerships with The Washington Post. In this role, she will greatly expand The Post’s enterprise partnerships, leveraging the breadth and depth of Post platforms to drive significant and sustainable revenue growth. Mayer-jones joins The Post from The Atlantic where she was senior vice president of partnerships, overseeing the publisher’s global sales and account management teams. David Shipley has been named editorial page editor of The Washington Post. He joins The Post from Bloomberg, where he was a co-founder of the organization’s opinion section and has overseen its growth as senior executive editor. He succeeds the late Fred Hiatt, who led Post Opinions from 2000 to 2021. Allyson Chiu has joined the Climate & Environment department at The Washington Post as a Climate Solutions reporter. She came to The Post as a Local intern in January 2018, then joined the Morning Mix team later that year. After spending more than two years on the overnight team, she moved to Features to become The Post’s first full-time wellness reporter in August 2020. John Farrell becomes The Washington Post’s first climate and weather breaking news video editor. In this role, he will work closely with the Climate, Weather and Audience teams to create video explainers around major climate trends and aggregate engaging weather clips for the website and social platforms. He joined The Post in 2019 from CSPAN and has spent the past 2½ years leading morning video coverage as a breaking news editor. Joan Niesen has joined The Washington Post as an assignment editor in Sports overseeing coverage of the Washington Commanders and the NFL. She joins the staff from the Athletic, where she oversaw two NBA beat writers and helped with editing, shaping coverage and special projects across the NBA desk. David Malitz has become senior culture editor in The Washington Post’s features department. In this new position, he will edit important enterprise about the culture we consume, how it is shaping us and the driving forces behind it. His mission will be to cultivate and develop high impact, engaging journalism about culture from all artistic disciplines. For 18 years, he has been a mainstay of features coverage, most recently serving as interim executive features editor. Anjuman Ali has been promoted to deputy wellness editor at The Washington Post and will help lead the paper’s expanding coverage of personal health and well-being. She has been with The Post since 2010. Washington Post Opinions has announced Chris Suellentrop as its politics editor. In this new role, Suellentrop will help oversee the section’s political columnists, commission guest op-eds and develop new ways of connecting readers with the section’s political coverage. He joins The Post from Politico, where he served as editor of the Politico Nightly newsletter and as a senior editor of Politico Magazine. Alan Sipress has become a senior editor on Foreign, overseeing The Washington Post’s coverage of much of the global South. In this role, he will be responsible for coverage across a broad swath of territory extending from the Philippines to West Africa, including bureaus in Southeast Asia, India, Afghanistan/pakistan and Africa. He has been Middle East editor since 2018. Martine Powers has been promoted to senior audio host at The Washington Post. She joined The Post in 2016, after working at the Boston Globe and Politico, and spending a year as a Fulbright fellow in Trinidad & Tobago. Mark Johnson has joined The Washington Post as a science writer, bringing his deep scientific knowledge and empathic reporting to this important line of coverage. He comes from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where he covered science and health for the past 14 years. Lauren Kaori Gurley has joined the economics team as The Washington Post’s labor reporter. She joins the paper from Vice’s Motherboard, where she has covered labor since 2019. Karly Domb Sadof is becoming the Business desk’s first visual enterprise editor at The Washington Post, pioneering a new role aimed at expanding the paper’s visual journalism and conceiving of innovative storytelling approaches. For nearly six years, she has been a key driver of visually led storytelling on the America desk, managing photo coverage of both breaking news and enterprise. Hannah Knowles is taking on a new role at The Washington Post – as a national political reporter focused on covering the 2022 midterm elections and the 2024 presidential campaign. She joins National from the General Assignment team. The Washington Post has announced that senior national correspondent Scott Wilson is taking on a new assignment covering the nation’s political and cultural fractures from the vantage of his native California. He has been with The Post since 1997. Ryan Bacic has joined Metro as assistant social issues editor with The Washington Post. Since the fall, he has been on a Post Opportunity Year as an assignment editor in Metro, working with the paper’s Education and Local Government teams. Anahad O’connor has joined The Washington Post newsroom as a nutrition and health columnist for the expanded Wellness desk. He comes from The New York Times, where he primarily reported on health and science. Amy Parlapiano has joined The Washington Post as a quiz writer on the Emerging News Products team. In this new role, she will help develop and launch habit-forming news quizzes. She joins the staff from the Athletic, where she has worked since 2018. Sean Sullivan is The Washington Post’s new deputy politics editor for campaigns. He has been serving in this role in an acting capacity since April. Before that, he was a White House reporter. Julie Vitkovskaya has been promoted to assistant editor for visual enterprise at The Washington Post. Craig Timberg has been named to a new role at The Washington Post: senior editor for collaborative investigations. He will oversee projects and investigations that involve collaborations with international consortia, as well as journalism nonprofits and other news organizations here and abroad. Jaclyn Peiser has been named as The Washington Post’s new retail reporter, a crucial beat with significant economic and cultural reach. She comes to the Business desk from Morning Mix, where she has distinguished herself as a creative and enterprising reporter since joining The Post in 2020. The Washington Post has announced that Danielle Kunitz has formally joined the Opinions department as a senior designer. In this newly created role, she adds art direction and social media design to her portfolio of awardwinning video motion graphics work. Laura Padilla Castellanos has joined the Design department at The Washington Post as a news designer. She is a recent graduate of Yale University with a degree in art and a concentration in graphic design. Tucker Harris has joined the Design department at The Washington Post as a news designer. She comes from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where she worked as the lead web and digital product designer in the ideas Lab. Elizabeth von Oehsen has joined the Design department at The Washington Post as a news designer. She comes to The Post from the Mission marketing agency in Baltimore, where she worked on branding campaigns across social, web and print for a range of clients. FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES: Arman Tabatabai has been promoted to director of video operations and strategy at The New York Times. He joined The Times’ video team as a strategy and operations manager in July 2020 and previously worked on content operations and strategy for Techcrunch. The New York Times has added two new colleagues in Opinion. Katherine Miller joins Op-ed, focusing on Opinion’s coverage of the future of democracy, and Quoctrung Bui is moving from The Upshot to Opinion to work on the graphics teams, serving as deputy to Jeremy Ashkenas. Joe Rennison has joined The New York Times to cover financial markets and trading, a beat that ranges from chronicling the vagaries of the stock market to explaining the ofteninscrutable trading decisions of Wall Street insiders. He joins the staff from the Financial Times, where he has covered the beat for the past seven years, most recently as the paper’s deputy U.S. markets editor. Simon Hicks has joined The New York Times Company as senior vice president and lead for the Data Platform Mission. In this role, he will partner closely with Kendell Timmers, senior vice president and head of Data and Insights, and Hannah Poferl, chief data officer and head of audience, to elevate The Times’ data strategy and utilization of these insights to build digital products, understand The Times’ audience and produce worldclass journalism. He joins The Times from digital health company Noom. The New York Times has appointed a new Metro editor: Nestor Ramos. Prior to joining The Times, Ramos was a columnist at The Boston Globe and a Pulitzer finalist for feature writing for “At the Edge of a Warming World,’’ a deeply reported exploration of the effects of climate change on Cape Cod. The New York Times has added a formal designation as editor for visual investigations to Mark Scheffler’s current title as deputy editor for video, bringing him to department head status. He has led the visual investigations unit since its inception. With this promotion, he will continue overseeing the visual investigations team, and will now manage an expansion of visual investigations as a major coverage type. The New York Times is bolstering its international investigations efforts with the addition of two new reporters and an expanded commitment to global investigative journalism outside the United States. Megha Rajagopalan joined The Times from Buzzfeed News. Justin Scheck, a veteran investigative reporter and foreign correspondent, joined The Times from The Wall Street Journal. Reyna Desai has taken on the role of senior social editor for standalone, leading The New York Times’ efforts to support Cooking, Games, Wirecutter and more. Working with June Oh, the paper’s standalone social visual editor, Desai will be a close collaborator with standalone teams across The Times, adapting their journalism into formats that work across social platforms. In her role as video director, Solana Pyne now oversees the quality of news video on New York Times platforms and will be responsible for the success of the desk’s efforts, from news and visual investigations to field work and multimedia. The New York Times is strengthening its global editing capabilities, with Yonette Joseph joining the Mexico City team as a senior international news editor. Megan Mccrea has joined the Special Sections wing of The New York Times’ Print Hub as a senior staff editor. She joins the staff from the freelance world, where she has directed editorial strategy for the book packager Connected Dots Media, written for Condé Nast Traveler and Better Homes & Gardens, and edited for Sonoma magazine. When The New York Times went looking to add to its team covering misinformation, the goal was to find someone with big ideas, a penchant for digging and toughness. As it turned out, the paper didn’t need to look far. Tiffany Hsu has joined the team after a strong run in the media group, covering advertising and a wide variety of other parts of the media world. She also has covered misinformation before — so well, in fact, that Hsu and Sheera Frenkel just won a Mirror Award for their reporting on false and misleading information about vaccines and mask mandates. The New York Times has welcomed three talented designers to its digital news design team: Alice Fang, Leo Dominguez and Shannon Lin.

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