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Jan 27, 2014

MEDIA News: Media Moves at The Washington Post, TechCrunch, Inc. & More…

Below is a sampling of recent media moves and news compiled by PR Newswire’s Audience Research Department.  

The Washington Post (Washington, DC): “Wonkblog” Editor Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) is leaving along with fellow blogger Dylan Matthews (@dylanmatt) and Post Blog Director Melissa Bell (@MelissaBell) to start Ezra’s new venture. And Liz Seymour (@LizSeymour) has been promoted to Executive Features Editor.

FOX Business Network (New York, NY): Veteran CNBC Anchor Maria Bartiromo (@MariaBartiromo) will join @FoxBusiness February 1st.

The New York Times (New York, NY): Carrie Halperin (@CarrieHalperin) has joined on as a Video Journalist. In addition, Farhad Manjoo (@fmanjoo) joins @nytimes as State of the Art Columnist. He replaces David Pogue who left in October after 13 years at the Times.

Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA): Craig Nakano (@cnakano) moves from Home Editor to Assistant Calendar Editor. Anne Colby (@acolby) is now the Home Editor. Deputy Arts & Culture Editor Sherry Stern has retired. Sherry had been with the paper since 1990.

Sports Illustrated (New York, NY): Brendan Ripp has been named Publisher @SINow.

Re/Code (@Recode): Nellie Bowles (@NellieBowles) is the newest writer to join. She will be reporting on technology culture and trends.

TechCrunch (@TechCrunch) ( Matthew Panzarino (@Panzer) was promoted to Co-Editor.

The Daily Beast (@TheDailyBeast): John Avlon (@JohnAvlon) has been promoted to Editor-in-Chief.

Al Jazeera America (New York, NY): Former WFLD-TV (@fox32news) Assistant Director Christopher Myers will join the network. He will be located in the Los Angeles bureau.

More Magazine (New York, NY): Deanna Pai (@deannapai) is the new Associate Beauty Editor.

Inc. Magazine (New York, NY): Kris Frieswick (@Kris_Frieswick) has been named Senior Editor.

GQ (New York, NY): Sarah Ball (@sarahballsy) has left Vanity Fair to become Senior Editor @GQMagazine.

ESPN (New York, NY): Former @SportsNation host Michelle Beadle (@MichelleDBeadle) is leaving NBC Sports (@NBCSports) to return to @ESPN. She will rejoin the network by mid-March.

TIME (New York, NY): Sam Frizell (@Sam_Frizell) is now a Breaking News Reporter here.

The Wall Street Journal (New York, NY): Ben Leubsdorf (@BenLeubsdorf) has joined @WSJ as Central Banks and Economy Reporter.

The Sacramento Bee (Sacramento, CA): The Bee (@sacbee_news) welcomes Mariel Garza as Deputy Editorial Page Editor. Mariel was previously Opinion Editor for the Los Angeles News Group.

San Francisco Magazine (San Francisco, CA): Paul Reulbach is the new Publisher for SF Magazine (@sanfranmag). – Los Angeles Bureau (@buzzfeed): Ken Bensinger (@kenbensinger) departs from the Los Angeles Times to join Buzzfeed as an Investigative Reporter.

Bloomberg News – Washington Bureau (Washington, DC): Del Wilber (@DelWilber) has left The Washington Post to become the Department of Justice Reporter at Bloomberg News.

Associated Press – Richmond Bureau (Richymond, VA): Alan Suderman (@AlanSuderman) is the new Statehouse Reporter.

Washington Business Journal (Washington, DC): Former Capital (@capgaznews) Health Reporter Tina Reed (@TreedinDC) joins the Journal (@WashBizOnline) as a Healthcare Reporter.

Associated Press – Charleston, WV Bureau (Charleston, WV): Jonathan Mattise (@JonathanMattise) will be covering Statehouse news now.

The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, OK): Assistant Features Editor Lillie-Beth Brinkman (@lillie_beth) has left the newspaper business.

Sacramento Business Journal (Sacramento, CA): Allen Young (@ayoungsacbiz) joins the Journal (@sacbiz) as a State Government Reporter from Comstock’s Business.

Outside Magazine (Santa Fe, NM): Axie Navas (@axie2020) is a new Assistant Online Editor.

Toronto Life (Toronto, ON): Rebecca Philps has left Vancouver Magazine (@vanmag_com) to become the Senior Editor at TL (@toronto_life).

Bloomberg News – Toronto Bureau (Toronto, ON): Former Globe and Mail (@globeandmail) Editor-in-Chief Ed Greenspon (@egreenspon) is now an Editor-at-Large for Bloomberg (@BloombergNews).

PRWeek – New York Bureau (New York, NY): Former Reporter Laura Nichols (@LC_Nichols) joins the team as the Washington Correspondent.

Smart Meetings (Sausalito, CA): Holly Woolard has been promoted from Senior Editor to Managing Editor. And Diego Vallejo was promoted from Assistant Editor to Associate Editor.

Dairy Herd Management (Lenexa, KS): Dave Natzke is the new Editor taking over for Tom Quaife who has left this dairy industry publication (@DairyHerd).

Omaha World-Herald (Omaha, NE): Community News Reporter Sue Truax has retired from her post at The Omaha World-Herald (@OWHnews) Newspapers.

The Herald-News (Joliet, IL): This daily newspaper (@Joliet_HN) ( has been sold to Shaw Media.

Grid Chicago (Chicago, IL): Brandon Copple (@bcopple) is no longer General Manager of the Sun-Times’ digital and print business news venture.

Curbed Chicago (Chicago, IL): AJ LaTrace (@ajlatrace) ( has been named Editor at this online real estate outlet (@curbedchicago) from, a neighborhood blog targeting the Northwest side of Chicago that he created in 2011. He replaces Ian Spula, who recently left the position.

La Prensa (Orlando, FL): Editor Maria Padilla @orlandolatino was laid off and Iza Montalvo (@izamontalvo) has taken her place as Editor of the weekly publication (@prensafl).

Noticiero Telemundo 47 – KTMD-TV (Houston, TX): Juan Jose Rodas (@JJRODAS) is now reporting for this Telemundo station (@TelemundoHou).

Telemundo – WYTU-TV (Milwaukee, WI): Sandra Torres (@SandraTorresL) is the new Co-Anchor of the nightly news for @Telemundo Wisconsin.

Fusion (Doral, FL): The network (@ThisIsFusion) has canceled the show “D.N.A.” (@DNAtv).

El Mensajero (San Francisco, CA): Managing Editor María Antonieta Mejía has been laid off during the paper’s( @El_Mensajero) restructuring phase.

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