Media Moves: Who’s Coming and Going the Week of March 14

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Town & Country (New York, NY): Stellene Volandes (@therealstellene) is now Editor-in-Chief @tandcmag. Stellene formerly served as Style Director at the magazine.

Telemundo Network (Hialeah, FL): Former Univision “Sabado Gigante” Host Mario Kreutzberger (aka Don Francisco) (@DonFranciscoTV) joins on as a Special Correspondent at @Telemundo. His production company will also produce new programming for the network.

Houston Chronicle (Houston, TX): South Florida Business Journal Editor Al Lewis (@tellittoal) joins @HoustonChron as Business Editor, starting April 1st. He takes over for Laura Goldberg (@LauraGoldbergHC), who moves on to the role of Senior Editor for niche, new products, and training. Also, The Boston Globe’s Sunday Business Editor,  Rob Gavin, has been named Energy Editor, starting April 11th and veteran Writer/Editor, Ronnie Crocker (@rcrocker), has been named Deputy Business Editor at the publication.

Re/Code (San Francisco, CA): Dan Frommer (@fromedome) is the new Editor-in-Chief @recode. He was previously a Technology Editor at Quartz. Johana Bhuiyan (@jmbooyah) ( also joins as a Senior Transportation Reporter. She was previously a Tech Reporter for Buzzfeed.

The Wall Street Journal (New York, NY): Canada Bureau Chief Elena Cherney (@ElenaCherney) has been promoted to Global Energy Editor at @WSJ. Western U.S. News Editor Miguel Bustillo (@BustilloM) has been promoted to U.S. Energy Editor. Europe, Middle East, & Africa Resources Editor Michael Amon (@michaelkamon) has been promoted to Europe, Middle East, & Africa Energy Editor. Jack Nicas (@jacknicas) is now a Reporter covering Google based in San Francisco; he formerly covered virtual reality, robots and drones.

Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA): Former Bloomberg News Reporter Del Wilber (@DelWilber) has joined the @latimes to cover the Justice Department and will be based in the Washington bureau. Former People Deputy Film Editor Brenda Rodriguez is the new Arts & Entertainment Editor at @latimesent. And Boston Globe Music/TV Reporter Sarah Rodman (@globerodman) is enlisting as the TV Editor. Reporter Greg Braxton (@gebraxton) will be the Deputy Television Editor.

The Washington Examiner (Washington, DC): Former Al Jazeera America scribe Jamie McIntyre (@jamiejmcintyre) is the new National Security/Defense Reporter and starts in April.

Time Magazine (New York, NY): Kelly Conniff (@kellyconniff) has been promoted to Director of Features at @TIME. Sam Lansky (@samlansky) is now Hollywood Editor; he was formerly Deputy Culture Editor. Reporter Justin Worland (@justinworland) has been promoted to a Writer. Robin Hilmantel (@robinhilmantel) has joined @lifemotto as Senior Editor. She was most recently Deputy Editor at Women’s Health Magazine. Jessie Van Amburg (@vie_cachee) is Associate Editor at Time’s Motto; she joins from Family Circle.

The Daily News/The Memphis News (Memphis, TN): Terry Hollahan has been hired at @memphisdaily as Managing Editor to oversee both newspapers and the website. He arrives from the Memphis Business Journal.

Politico (Arlington, VA): Ex-Atlantic Senior Associate Editor Janie Boschma (@janieboschma) and Tucker Doherty signs on to @politico as Data Editors.

The Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX): Former Las Vegas Sun Reporter Conor Shine (@Conor_Shine) has been named Aviation Reporter at @dallasnews and will predominantly be covering Southwest and American Airlines.

The Detroit News (Detroit, MI): Former Hill Transportation Reporter Keith Laing (@Keith_Laing) is the new Automotive Industry Reporter at @DetroitNews and will be based in its Washington Bureau. And former U.S. News & World Report Associate Editor Stephanie Steinberg (@Steph_Steinberg) will be joining as a Features Reporter.

Women ’s  Health (New York, NY): Maura Lynch (@marurala) has been named Beauty & Lifestyle Director at @WomensHealthMag. She was previously a Senior Beauty Editor at InStyle.

CBS News (New York, NY): Josh Elliott (@JoshElliott32) has been named Lead Anchor of CBSN, a digital streaming news network at @CBSNews. He was previously an Anchor for ABC’s Good Morning America.

InStyle (New York, NY): Leigh Belz Ray (@LeighBelz) has been named Features & News Director at @InStyle. She was previously Editorial Director of Lucky Magazine.

MSNBC News (New York, NY): Rick Tyler (@rickwtyler) has been named a Political Contributor at @MSNBC. He was previously Campaign Spokesperson for Ted Cruz.

GQ (New York, NY): Noah Johnson (@noahvjohnson) has joined GQ Style, a new men’s fashion magazine set to launch in May, as Senior Editor. He most recently covered men’s fashion at The New York Times, T Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and The Cut. Mobolaji Dawodu will also be joining the new magazine as Fashion Editor. He was formerly Editor-at-Large at Fader Magazine for ten years.

Indulge Magazine (Miami, FL): Evan Benn (@EvanBenn) is the new Editor-in-Chief at The Miami Herald‘s lifestyle magazine (@MiamiIndulge).

The Awl (New York, NY): New Yorker Managing Editor Silvia Killingsworth (@silviakillings) was named the new Editor at @AWL.

New Day – CNN (New York, NY): Host Michaela Pereira (@MichaelaCNN) is moving on from @NewDay to join sister network HLN in California.

The Gazette (Colorado Springs, CO): The paper (@csgazette) has named Vince Bzdek (@Bzdekv) as Editor-in-Chief. He makes the move from The Washington Post, where he has been an Editor.

Digiday (New York, NY): Yuyu Chen (@chenilleyuyu) shifts over to @digiday as a New Brands Reporter. She was previously a Digital Marketing Reporter at ClickZ.

BuzzFeed (New York, NY): Summer Anne Burton (@summeranne) is now the first Executive Creative Producer at @buzzfeed. She was formerly the Editorial Director for the BuzzFeed BFF team.

Northern Nevada Business (Reno, NV): Veteran Journalist Sally Roberts has been promoted from Reporter to Print Content Manager. And Brook Bentley has been appointed Digital Content Manager at @nnbweditors.

New England Cable News (Newton, MA): Business Editor Peter Howe is moving on from @NECN.

The Richmond County Daily Journal (Rockingham, NC): Rick Thomason has been named Group Publisher of five newspapers including: @rcdailyjournal, @TheRobesonian, @BladenJournal, @TheAnsonRecord and  @LbgExchange (The Laurinburg Exchange). He was previously Publisher of the LaGrange Daily News in LaGrange, Ga.

York News-Times (York, NE): Carrie Colburn has joined the paper (@yorknewstimes) as Publisher. She was previously Digital Director for the paper’s parent company, BH Media Group.

Iowa City Press-Citizen (Iowa City, IA): Katie Brumbeloe (@katiebrumbeloe) is now News Director at the paper (@presscitizen). She was most recently at The Tennessean in Nashville.

Coffeyville Journal (Coffeyville, KS): The paper (@coffeyvillejrnl) has named Deanna Evans as Editor. She was previously at the Bartlesville Examiner Enterprise in Bartlesville, OK.

Times West Virginian (Fairmont, WV): Sean McNamara (@SMcNamaraTWV) is the new Sports Editor at @TimesWV.

Forsyth Herald (Forsyth,GA): Reporter Kathleen Sturgeon has been named the Editor at @forsythherald.

Messenger-Inquirer (Owensboro, KY): The Conroe Courier Sports Editor Jim Mashek (@MashekJim) has joined @owensboromi as a Sports Writer.

High Plains Daily Leader (Liberal, KS): Managing Editor Larry Phillips has retired from the paper. He had been there since 2000.

Daily News-Record (Harrisonburg, PA): Bristol Herald Courier Sports Editor Jim Sacco (@Sacco_BHCSports) has been named Sports Editor at @DNRonline, beginning in April.

Media Moves

KCRA-TV (Sacramento, CA): Former WISN-TV Anchor Toni Valliere (@ToniValliere) has joined @kcranews as Anchor. This morning was her first broadcast.

KSBW-TV (Salinas, CA): Sports Director Dennis Lehnen has retired after 35 years @ksbw.

WGCL-TV (Atlanta, GA): WCTV-TV Weekend Anchor Natalie Rubino (@NatalieWCTV) will be joining @cbs46 in two weeks as a Multimedia Reporter.

KMPHTV (Fresno, CA): Gia Vang (@Gia_Vang) joins Fox affiliate @KMPHFOX26 as an Anchor. Vang departs from KPNX-TV in Phoenix.

KGTV-TV (San Diego, CA): ABC affiliate @10News welcomes Diana Alvear as a Freelance Reporter. Alvear most recently worked for NBC News – Los Angles Bureau.

KXTV-TV (Sacramento, CA):  Risa Omega has been promoted from Director of Sales to President/General Manager at @abc10.

KRCR-TV/KCVU-TV (Redding, CA):  Scott Rates has been named Assistant News Director for ABC and Fox affiliates @KRCR7 and KCVU-TV. Rates is departing from KRON- TV.

WFXT-TV (Dedham, MA): Former SportsNet New York On-air Host Courtney Fallon (@CourtneyFallon_) joins @fox25news as a Sports Reporter and Anchor. Freelance Reporter Christine McCarthy (@ChristineMFox25) has been promoted to full-time Reporter.

WJW-TV (Cleveland, OH): WHDH-TV Anchor Elizabeth Noreika (@enoreikaTV) is joining @fox8news in her hometown of Cleveland as a News Anchor in late March.

WTIC-TV (Hartford, CT): After three years with the station, Reporter Angelica Spanos (@AngelicaSpanos) is moving on from @FOX61News.

KRIV-TV (Houston, TX): Former WPTVTV Meteorologist, Lisa Vaughn (@lisavaughnwx), has now joined @Fox26Houston as a Meteorologist.

WLS-TV (Chicago, IL): Former KTVT-TV Chief Meteorologist Larry Mowry (@CBS11Larry) is joining @abc7chicago next month.

WFLD-TV (Chicago, IL): Kristen Nicole, formerly Kristen Pflum,(@kristenpflum) has joined the station (@fox32news) as a Weekend Anchor. She was previously a General Assignment Reporter/Anchor at WLEX-TV.

WDJT-TV (Milwaukee, WI): The CBS affiliate (@cbs58) welcomes Amanda Porterfield (@CBS58AMANDA) as an Anchor. Porterfield comes from WCIA-TV, where she was an Anchor. Also joining the station as a Reporter is former WKOW-TV Multimedia Journalist Kristen Barbaresi (@KristenBarbar).

WSJV-TV (Elkhart, IN): Ken Garcia (@KenG_FOX28) is rejoining the station (@fox28news) as an Anchor. He was a Meteorologist at the FOX affiliate before leaving in 2012.

KLO-AM (Salt Lake City, UT): Former U.S Congressman Merrill Cook has been added as the Morning Drive Talk Host at @kloradio, beginning March 14.

KWNR-FM (Las Vegas, NV): Lois Lewis (@RadioLois) has been announced as the new Assistant Program Director, Mid- day Host and Music Director at @955thebull.

KTCZ-FM (Minneapolis, MN): Greg Thunder has been hired as Morning Host at the adult contemporary station (@cities97radio), pairing up with Keri Noble. He makes the move from KGOR-FM in Omaha, NE.

KWMU-FM  (St. Louis, MO): Shula Neuman (@shuneu) has been promoted to Executive Editor at @stlpublicradio.

WBRN-FM (Tampa, FL): Jesse Kage (@JesseKage) has joined WBRN-FM (@NoRulesRock) as Afternoon Host.

WFEZ-FM (Miami, FL): Morning Host  @Easy931 Susan Wise (@UCADJ) has moved on from the station after three years.

WQMP-FM (Orlando, FL): The station (@1019AmpRadio) welcomes Chad Pitt (@ChadPittShow) as Morning Host.

WYGC-FM (Gainesville, FL): The station (@1049WoWFM) welcomes JoJo Kincaid back to the Afternoon slot.

WGBH-FM (Brighton, MA): Associate Producer Matt Purdy (@matthewpurdy) was promoted to Senior Producer for the show “Innovation Hub.”

KUT-FM (Austin, TX): Interim Managing Editor Matt Largey (@mattlargey) has now officially been named Managing Editor at the station (@KUT). Also, Reporter Ben Philpott (@BenPhilpottKUT) has moved up to the role of Senior Editor and continues Co-Hosting “The Ticket: A Presidential Podcast” show.

KPCC-FM (Los Angeles, CA): Bianca Ramirez has been promoted from Associate Producer to Producer at @kpcc‘s award-winning newsroom.

KCSN-FM (Northridge, CA): Marc “Mookie” Kaczor has been named Music Director at @885kcsn, replacing Mark Sovel who is moving to KLOS-FM. Kaczor was previously with KPRI-FM in San Diego.

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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