Influencer Insights: Media Moves for the Week of March 7, 2016

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Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA): Editor Davan Maharaj (@davanmaharaj) adds Publisher to his title as he has been named Editor/Publisher at @LATimes.

Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL): In addition to recently being named Editor, Bruce Dold (@BruceDold), has also been named Publisher at @chicagotribune.

The Hartford Courant (Hartford, CT): Editor Andrew Julien (@andrewjulien) has been promoted to Editor-in-Chief/Publisher at @hartfordcourant.

The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, FL): Editor Avido Khahaifa (@AKhahaifa) has been named as the new Publisher & Editor-in-Chief at @OrlandoSentinel.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Ft. Lauderdale, FL): Editor Howard Saltz (@HowardSaltz) has been named Publisher & Editor-in-Chief at @SunSentinel.

The Morning Call (Allentown, PA): Editor-in-Chief David Erdman is now also the Publisher at @mcall.

Truthdig (Santa Monica, CA): Eric Ortiz replaces Peter Scheer as Managing Editor of News website @truthdig. Ortiz was previously an Editor for

Business Insider (New York, NY): Josh Barro (@jbarro) is returning to @businessinsider as a Senior Editor and Columnist. He was previously a Correspondent for The Upshot at The New York Times.

The Washington Post (Washington, DC): MSNBC Host Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) signs on as a Contributing Opinion Writer at @washingtonpost.

More Magazine (New York, NY): The Meredith Corporation has announced that it is ceasing the publication of @MoreMag after its April 2016 issue.

Vanity Fair (New York, NY): Nick Bilton (@nickbilton) has joined @VanityFair as a Special Correspondent. Nick was previously a Columnist for The New York Times Style section.

The Lead – CNN (Washington, DC): Morgan Stoviak (@stoviame) is now a Senior Producer at @TheLeadCNN. She is transferring from CNN Newsroom.

Columbus Business First (Columbus, OH): Nick Fortine (@nfortine) has been named Publisher at @columbusbiz1st.

Architectural Digest (New York, NY): Vicky Lowry has joined @ArchDigest as Editorial Projects Director. She was previously Features Director at Elle DécorVeranda and House Beautiful.

The Wall Street Journal (New York, NY): Chris Kirkham (@c_kirkham) has joined @WSJ as a Reporter covering real estate. He was formerly a Business Reporter at the Los Angeles Times.

The Village Voice (New York, NY): Bilge Ebiri (@BilgeEbiri) has been named a Film Critic @villagevoice. He previously held the same position at Vulture and New York MagazineRaillan Brooks (@raillan_ebrooks) is now an Associate Editor. Brooks previously served as Associate Editor at The Huffington Post.

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah – Comedy Central (New York, NY): Co-Executive Producer Hillary Kun (@HillaryKun) has announced she is moving on from @TheDailyShow.

Climbing (Boulder, CO): Senior Editor Julie Ellison (@joolyhart) has been promoted to Editor-in-Chief of the rock climbing magazine (@climbingmag). The previous Editor, Shannon Davis, has moved on from the publication.

Associated Press – Concord Bureau (Concord, NH): Former Science and Technology Reporter Michael Casey (@mcasey1) will rejoin @AP in April as a New England Correspondent. He worked with the AP from 2002-2012.

People Magazine (New York, NY): Sharon Clott Kanter (@sharonclott) has been named Deputy Style Director at @people. She was previously a Senior Editor for InStyle.

Refinery29 (New York, NY): Beauty Director Megan McIntyre (@megsmcintyre) has been promoted to Beauty Features Director at @refinery29Cat Quinn (@catquinn) has been promoted to Beauty Director. She was previously Deputy Beauty Director.

The Daily Dot (Austin, TX): Jay Hathaway (@strutting) is now a Senior Editor at @dailydot for the LOL Section. He was previously a Staff Writer at Gawker.

Mic (New York, NY): Kelly Dickerson (@kickerson13) steps up to the Mic (@micnews) as a Science Reporter. She arrives from Tech Insider where she previously held the same title.

New Hampshire Union Leader (Manchester, NH): Matt Sartwell (@mattsartwell) has become Managing Editor at @UnionLeader. Previously, he was a City Editor for The Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Advocate-Messenger (Danville, KY): Former Editor of The Interior Journal, Ben Kleppinger (@BenKleppinger), has been named Executive Editor at @amnewsonline.

FD Magazine (Dallas, TX): After 38 years, FD Magazine (@FDmagdallas) has ceased publication. The magazine’s last issue was in February.Media Moves

The Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX): The Tennessean Growth & Economy Reporter, Jill Kimiko Cowan (@JillCowan), joins @dallasnews as an Economy Reporter starting March 21st.

Post Register (Idaho Falls, ID): The paper (@thepostregister) recently named Monte LaOrange as Managing Editor, taking over for Rob Thornberry, who moved on.

The Gazette (Colorado Springs, CO): Joanna Bean (@jolbean) has moved on from the paper (@csgazette) for a position with the University of Colorado. The paper’s Publisher, Dan Steever, will be Interim Editor until a replacement is announced.

The Galveston County Daily News (Galveston, TX): Managing Editor Michael Smith has taken on the role of Editor at @GalvNews.

The Daily Progress (Charlottesville, VA): Robert Jiranek is the new Publisher at @DailyProgress.

Daily Press (Newport News, VA): Publisher Digby Solomon is retiring and Editor Marisa Porto will also add Publisher to her duties at @Daily_Press.

The Evening Sun (Hanover, PA): Former Sports Editor Elizabeth Jones (@lyzzjones) is the new News Director at @theeveningsun.

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (Bluefield, WV): Senior Editor Bill Archer announced his retirement recently after 30 years in the newspaper business @bdtonline.

LaGrange Daily News (LaGrange, GA): Jeff Parra is the new Publisher at @lagrangenews. He arrives from Oklahoma. He replaces Rick Thomason, who is now Group Publisher at Civitas Media in North Carolina.

The Lincoln County News
 (Lincoln, ME): Deputy Editor J.W. Oliver has been promoted to Editor at @lcnmaine.

KNTV-TV (San Jose, CA): This NBC affiliate (@nbcbayarea) welcomes Jaxon Van Derbeken (@jvanderbeken) as a Reporter; Chris Chmura as a Consumer Investigator; and Colin Resch as a Sports Reporter to the station.

WTTG-TV (Washington, DC): Chief Investigative Reporter Emily Miller (@EmilyMiller) is moving on from this Fox station (@fox5newsdc).

WCNC-TV (Charlotte, NC): Sports Director Chris Clark is moving on from @WCNC.

KGW-TV (Portland, OR): Former quarterback for the Oregon Ducks, Joey Harrington (@JohnMayIII), is now a part-time Reporter and Contributor at @KGWNews.

 (Tampa, FL): Scott Smith (@ScottSmithTV) has been welcomed as Sports Director at @myfoxtampabay. Smith previously served as Sports Anchor at WTTG-TV in DC.

KPRC-TV (Houston, TX): Features Reporter Ruben Galvan (@RubenKPRC) is moving on from the station (@KPRC2).

WKYC-TV (Cleveland, OH): Former WFMJ-TV Reporter Jasmine Monroe (@monroewfmj) has joined @wkyc.

WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH): Morning Anchor Rob Williams (@fox19rob) is now an Evening Anchor at @FOX19.

WNEM-TV (Saginaw, MI): We regret to announce the sudden passing of @WNEMTV5News news anchor Sam Merrill.

Bay News 9 (Tampa, FL): Stephanie Claytor (@ClaytorReports) has joined @BN9 as a General Assignment Reporter.

WWMT-TV (Kalamazoo, MI): Christine VanTimmeren (@C_VanTimmeren) has joined @WWMTNews as a General Assignment Reporter.

KUT-FM (Austin, TX): Intern Syeda Hasan (@KUTsyeda) takes on the role of General Assignment Reporter at @KUT while Intern/Freelancer Andrew Weber (@England_Weber) joins as a full-time Reporter and Producer. Ashley Lopez (@AshLopezRadio) joins as a Senior Reporter covering politics and healthcare. She was most recently a Reporter at WFPL in Louisville, KY. And Audrey McGlinchy (@AKMcGlinchy) has been named City Hall Reporter. She was previously an Intern, Producer and Reporter at the station.

WCKN-FM (Charleston, SC): Former iHeartMedia/Jacksonville Vice President/Market Manager Aaron Wilborn is now General Manager/Vice President at @kickin925fm as well as five other Apex radio stations.

WKHK-FM (Richmond, VA): After five years, Program Director Buddy Van Arsdale has moved on from @K95Richmond.

WTMX-FM (Chicago, IL): Cross-town WUSN-FM Producer Chris Reese is now the Evening Host at @1019MIXChicago.

WKLB-FM (Boston, MA):Former NASH-FM Host Renee Castle (@ReneeCastle1025) joins @Country1025WKLB as Night-time Host.

KSBJ-FM (Houston, TX): Starting April 4th, Morgan Smith will be an Afternoon Host at @KSBJ.

KXOS-FM (Los Angeles, CA): Martín Romero is Host of the new PM Drive show “El Show Del Raton” at this Spanish language station (@radiocentro939).

XHPRS-FM (San Diego, CA):  Sammy Jo Golesh is the new Morning Show Producer at @1057MAXFM. Golesh was formerly with XHRM-FM.

WIL-FM (St. Louis, MO): The country music station (@wil92) has announced its new morning show, “Bud and Broadway”, hosted by new additions Bud Ford (@budfordweather) and Jerry Broadway (@budandbroadway). They make the move from KTGX-FM in Tulsa, OK.

Author Kevin Frey is a member of PR Newswire’s audience research team. In his senior audience researcher role, he keeps an eye on the latest media moves and news throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

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