Media Moves: Who’s Coming and Going the Week of April 11

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 Politico (Arlington, VA): Publisher/Co-Founder Jim VandeHei (@jimvandehei) is moving on from @Politico to start a new company. And Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen (@mikeallen) also will be leaving after the election to join Vandehei in the new venture.

Bloomberg News – Washington Bureau (Washington, DC): BusinessWeek Economics Reporter Brendan Greeley (@bhgreeley) is moving to the DC Bureau to cover politics and the economy. Oslo, Norway Correspondent Saleha Mohsin (@SalehaMohsin) is now the Treasury Reporter. Miami Bureau Chief Bill Faries (@billfaries) is the new Security Team Leader. And Reporter Michael C. Bender (@MichaelCBender) is now a Senior National Political Reporter. Nafeesa Syeed (@NafeesaSyeed) signs on as a Security Reporter. Latin America Markets Reporter Ben Bain (@benbain) is now covering the SEC in DC. And New York Banking Reporter Elizabeth Dexheimer (@EDexheimer) moves south to be the Congressional Banking & Finance Reporter.

 Fortune (New York, NY): Aaron Pressman (@ampressman) has been named a Senior Tech Reporter @FortuneMagazine. He was previously a Tech Reporter for Yahoo! Finance. Wendy Frink (@wendyfrink) has been named Audience Engagement Editor and Laura Entis (@lauraentis) is joining as a Reporter for the Venture vertical. They both come from Entrepreneur, where they held the positions of Social Media Editor and Associate Editor, respectively. Rafael Garcia has been named Associate Producer. Staff Editor Nin-Hai Tseng (@ninhaitseng) has been promoted to Senior Editor.

 Conde Nast Traveler (New York, NY): Executive Editor Peter Jon Lindberg (@peterjlindberg) has announced he is moving on from his position at @CNTraveler and returning to freelance writing. Deputy Editor Candice Rainey (@candicerainey) has been promoted to Executive Editor. Articles Editor Lauren DeCarlo has been promoted to Deputy Editor. Alexandra Postman (@WordMover) has been named Features Director. She was previously Editor-in-Chief of Whole Living.

The Wall Street Journal (New York, NY): Deputy Legal Editor Ashby Jones (@jonesashby) has been promoted to Legal Editor. Also, Alyssa Abkowitz (@alyssaabkowitz) has joined the Journal as a Technology Reporter.

Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA): Former Bloomberg Businessweek Education Reporter Natalie Kitroeff has signed on at @LATimes as a California Economy Reporter.
Univision Network – Washington Bureau (Washington, DC): Former Telemundo Midwest Correspondent Janet Rodriguez (@janrodrigueztv) is moving to D.C. to become the White House Correspondent at @NoticiasDC.

 US Weekly (New York, NY): Will Mendelson (@williemendelson) has been named a Reporter at @usweekly. He was previously an Associate Producer for TMZ.

 New York Magazine (New York, NY): Political Commentator Andrew Sullivan (@sullydish) has been named a Contributing Editor covering politics at @NYMag.

Illinois News Network: Lori Browning joins the @illnewsnetwork as the Executive Editor.

CNN – New York Bureau (New York, NY): Former WCBS-TV Reporter Jessica Schneider (@jschneidertv) is the newest Reporter at @CNN. She will be based out of New York City while current Reporter Boris Sanchez (@Boris_Sanchez) switches to the Miami Bureau.

The Millions (New York, NY): Lydia Kiesling (@lydiakiesling) is the new Editor at @the_millions.

Cosmopolitan (New York, NY): Ali Drucker (@ali_drucker) has joined Cosmopolitan Online as a Sex and Relationships Editor beginning in mid-April. She formerly held the same role at Maxim.

The New York Times Magazine (New York, NY): Jody Rosen (@jodyrosen) has joined the magazine as a Contributing Writer. He comes from T: The New York Times Style Magazine where he was a Critic-at-Large.

BizBash-Toronto (New York, NY): Beth Kormanik (@thewordista) has been promoted to Executive Editor from News Editor at @BizBash.

The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, IA): Molly Duffy is the new Education Reporter at @gazettedotcom, focusing on K-12. She takes over the beat from Andrew Phillips (@arphillips91), who has moved on from the paper.

Advertising Age (New York, NY): Anna Sekula (@annaatbizbash) has joined @adage as a Senior Editor covering Events. She was formerly Editor-in-Chief at Bizbash.

Scott Indrisek Modern Painters (New York, NY): Scott Indrisek has been promoted to Editor-in-Chief. He was formerly Senior Editor and Executive Editor at the publication.

The Coveteur (New York, NY): Laurel Pantin (@lapantin) is now an Editorial Director at @thecoveteur. She was previously a Senior Fashion Editor at Hearst Digital Media, Sweet. Andee Olson (@andeeolson) is the new Site Director. She was previously an Associate Director of Digital Operations at Vogue.

Fashionista (New York, NY): Tyler McCall (@eiffeltyler) returns to @Fashionista_com as a Deputy Editor. She was previously a Digital Fashion Editor at Teen Vogue. And Julia Stedman has been hired as General Manager and Associate Publisher. She is currently a Senior Director of Digital Ad Strategy and Planning at Vogue.

The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC): Thad Moore is the newest Business Reporter at @postandcourier He arrives from The Washington Post.

Chicago Sun-Times (Chicago, IL): General Assignment Reporter Tina Sfondeles (@TinaSfon) has taken over the role of Political Reporter at @suntimes.

Imperial Valley Press (El Centro, CA): Belinda Mills has been named Publisher at @ivpnews from Las Cruces Sun Newsin New Mexico.

Mercer Island Reporter (Seattle, WA): Carrie Rodriguez has been named Editor of the paper (@mireporter).

Adrienne Samuels Gibbs Newcity (Chicago, IL): Adrienne Samuels Gibbs has been appointed Interim Senior Editor at @newcity. She was previously a Senior Editor at the Chicago Sun-Times.

Brian Amaral The Star-Ledger (Iselin, NJ): Supervising Reporter Brian Amaral has moved on from @starledger. Amaral joined the paper back in 2012 as a Reporter.

The Baxter Bulletin (Mountain Home, AR): Former long-time Sports Editor of The Baxter Bulletin (@BBnewsroom),Sonny Elliott, signs on as Editor. Elliott was previously Sports Editor at the publication for 20 years.

Reddell Mount Pleasant Daily Tribune (Mt. Pleasant, TX): The Texas publication (@MPDailyTribune) welcomes Valerie Reddell as Managing Editor. Reddell was most recently Publisher of The Gonzales Inquirer.

Media Moves

KTTV-TV (Los Angeles, CA): Fox affiliate KTTV-TV (@foxla) welcomes Victoria Spilabotte as a Freelance Reporter fromKTNV-TV in Nevada.

KSTS-TV (San Jose, CA): Telemundo 48 KSTS-TV (@Telemundo48) adds Arlen Fernandez as a Reporter from Univision Communications.

Univision – KUKC-TV (Kansas City, MO): Elio Aguilar is the new General Manager at @univisionkc.

Univision – WXTV-TV (Teaneck, NJ): Rafael Bello signs on as a weekday morning Weather & Traffic Reporter at @univisionny.

WTVD-TV (Durham, NC): Tim Pulliam (@TimABC11) is now a General Assignment Reporter at @abc11_wtvd. His resume also includes stops at South Carolina, Florida and Wilmington, N.C.

WCSC-TV (Charleston, SC): General Manager/Vice President Rita Scott has retired from @Live5News after 17 years.

 WNBC-TV (New York, NY): Rana Novini (@RanaNovini) has been named a Reporter at @NBCNewYork. She was previously an Anchor/Reporter for KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs.

WRCB-TV (Chattanooga, TN): Anchor Jed Mescon (@jedmescon) is moving on from @wrcb.

KSLA-TV (Shreveport, LA): Joe Sciortino takes over as Vice President and General Manager at @KSLA. He joins the station from WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg, MS, where he held the same title.

KWTV-TV (Oklahoma City, OK): Afternoon Anchor Lacie Lowry (@LacieLowry) moves to the Morning Anchor slot while Weekend Anchor Karl Torp (@KarlTorpNews9) has switched over to News 9 at 4:00 p.m. @NEWS9.

(Austin, TX): Long-time News Director @KVUE, Frank Volpicella, is moving on from the station. His last day will be April 22nd. Volpicella has been with the station since 2000.

New England Cable News (Newton, MA): As of May 30th, current WVIT Reporter Abbey Niezgoda will join and report for @NECN and NBC Boston when it debuts. Niezgoda has been with NBC Connecticut since 2013.

WPRI-TV (East Providence): Former WBNG Anchor/Reporter/Producer Julianne Peixoto has joined @wpri12 as a Morning News Reporter.

KLKN-TV (Lincoln, NE): The ABC affiliate (@Channel8ABC) has promoted Morning Anchor Megan Conway (@MsCon248) to Evening Anchor. She takes over for Vanessa Brown, who is moving on from the station.

KPLR-TV (St. Louis, MO): Christine Buck is has announced her retirement from the CW affiliate (@kplr11). She has been in the news business for 39 years.

KTAZ-TV (Phoenix, AZ): Victor Rodriguez has been named Consumer Investigative Reporter, covering consumer fraud, complaints and other related issues at @TelemundoAZ.

WNJU-TV (New York, NY): Miguel Bedoy (@MiguelBedoy), former KXLN-TV Reporter and Meteorologist, is now the Weekend Weather Anchor at @Telemundo47. He will also serve as Reporter for the weekday newscast. Bedoy’s first appearance on-air will be April 23.
KTVZ-TV (Bend, OR): We are very sorry to report that Russell Bird, who joined @KTVZ as Meteorologist last July, has passed away at age 27.

WFTS-TV (Tampa, FL): Morning Anchor Paul LaGrone (@WPBF_Paul) has joined @ABCActionNews.

KCPQ-TV (Seattle, WA): The Fox affiliate (@q13fox) has announced that Weekend Weather Anchor Parella Lewis (@ParellaLewis) is moving on from the station. Taking over the role will be Meteorologist Tim Joyce (@q13tim).

WXYZ-TV (Detroit, MI): Syma Chowdhry (@SymaChowdhry) has joined @WXYZDetroit as a Reporter.

WFLD-TV (Chicago, IL): Former WVIT-TV News Director Matt Piacente (@MattPiacente) is now News Director at @fox32news.

WGN-TV (Chicago, IL): Former WOAW-TV Sports Director Lauren Magiera (@LaurenMagiera) has been named Sports Anchor/Reporter at @WGNNews.

WKEF-TV/WRGT-TV (Dayton, OH): Former WXIX-TV Reporter Megan O’Rourke (@MeganFOX45Now) is now a Morning Anchor at both networks (@ABC22FOX45).

WDRV-FM (Chicago, IL): The Chicago Tribune‘s Film Critic Michael Phillips (@phillipstribune) has joined the station (@971TheDrive) as a Contributor.

KBFF-FM (Portland, OR): Lauren Session is set to join @live955, beginning April 25. Session previously served as Host at WFLZ-FM in Tampa, FL.

WAXY-AM (Miami, FL): Former WFOR-TV Sports Host Amber Wilson (@amberw790) has been added as the Morning Drive Time Co-Host at @790TheTicket.

WHOO-FM (Orlando, FL): Erik Kuselias (@FantasyEK) has joined @SportsTalkFLA hosting “The Erik Kuselias Show” weekday mornings.
WWKA-FM (Orlando, FL): Ashley Stegbauer is the new Music Director at @K923Orlando.

WBBL-FM (Grand Rapids, MI): Eric Zane (@EricZaneShow) signs on (@1073WBBL) as a morning Host.

KFOO-FM (Seattle, WA): The alternative rock music station (@ALT1029Tacoma) has named Ben Marcotte (@bdmarcotte) as Program Director. He was most recently at KIIX-FM in Spokane, WA.

Hannah Byrom WKLB-FM (Boston, MA): Beginning April 18, Hannah Byrom will Co-host the morning show @Country1025WKLB. She comes from WPST-FM and WPLJ-FM.

KKMJ-FM (Austin, TX): Ryan “Ryno” Kliesch joins the @Majic955 team as Morning Host.

WOGT-FM (Chattanooga, TN): Program Director Reid Thrush is moving on from @1079nashicon.

WYRK-FM (Buffalo, NY): Former WQXI-AM Program Director Bob Richards has been hired as Operations Manager at @1065wyrk.

KFOG-FM/KSAN-FM (San Francisco, CA): Bryan Schock (@bryanschock) is the new Operations Manager/Program Director for @KFOGradio and @1077TheBone.

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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