1 big thing: Today, Axios announced the promotion of Sara Kehaulani Gooto Editor-in-Chief and Aja Whitaker-Moore to Executive Editor. The veteran journalists will oversee Axios' 120+ journalist newsroom, 20+ newsletters and three podcasts.
Goo and Whitaker-Moore will work alongside Kim Schaich, who was recently promoted to Vice President of Editorial Operations. Goo will report to Axios co-founder and CEO Jim VandeHei.
Nicholas Johnston, who has been Editor-in-Chief of Axios since its founding in 2016, will take on a new role as Publisher to focus on new newsroom initiatives, including the ongoing expansion of Axios Local and other upcoming products. Johnston will continue to be a resource for, and partner with, Goo, Whitaker-Moore and Schaich.
Why it matters: "Sara has been instrumental in developing and guiding some of Axios' most innovative editorial initiatives over the last few years, including our Hard Truths series on systemic racism," said Jim VandeHei, Axios co-founder and CEO. "Under Sara's leadership, and with the support of Aja and Kim, I know Axios will continue to meet the needs of our readers who are hungry for smart, efficient news. I cannot think of a better team to guide Axios into our fifth year."
More about Goo, Whitaker-Moore, and Schaich:
Sara Kehaulani Goo, who joined Axios in 2019 as executive editor, launched the company's podcast operations, including the hit show, How it Happened, and the Hard Truths series examining systemic racism. A digital journalism pioneer, Goo has held leadership roles at national news organizations and think tanks, including NPR, Pew Research Center, and The Washington Post.
Aja Whitaker-Moore joined Axios in 2020 as a managing editor overseeing Axios' business coverage and newsletters, including Axios Markets, Pro Rata and Closer. Prior to Axios, Whitaker-Moore served as the global editor-in-chief of fixed income for the Acuris Group, and the deputy editor in chief at Debtwire.
Kim Schaich was among Axios' first employees, joining the organization in 2016, and now manages editorial and cross-functional initiatives. Before joining Axios, Schaich advised Fortune 50 companies in roles at PPR Worldwide and Burson-Marsteller. Check out Axios' full slate of newsletters getting you smarter, fasterhere.