Media Moves: Who’s Coming and Going the Week of April 18

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Mashable (New York, NY): Former New York Daily News Editor Greg Gittrich (@gittrich) joins on as the new Chief Content Editor. And Editor-in-Chief Jim Roberts, Managing Editor Louise Roug and Business Editor Heidi Moore have all moved on from @mashable.

New Republic (Washington, DC): Editor Gabriel Snyder (@gabrielsnyder) is moving on from @NewRepublic.

 Travel + Leisure (New York, NY): Joseph Messer has joined @TravelLeisure as a Publisher. He was formerly an Associate Publisher of Food & Wine.

 The New Yorker (New York, NY): Emily Stokes has moved on from her position as Editor for The New York Times Magazine. She has joined @NewYorker as a Features Editor.

 Esquire (New York, NY): John Lahr (@JohnLahrwriter), Dwight Garner (@DwightGarner) and Jay McInerney (@JayMcInerney) have all been named Contributors at @esquire. Lahr was formerly Chief Drama Critic for The New Yorker. Garner is currently a Literary Critic for The New York Times. McInerney is a Novelist and a Wine Critic for Town & Country.

Popular Science (New York, NY): Editor-in-Chief Cliff Ransom and Executive Editor Jennifer Bogo have moved on from @PopSci.

 O, The Oprah Magazine (New York, NY): Elizabeth Gilbert (@GilbertLiz) and Farnoosh Torabi (@FARNOOSH) have been named Columnists at @O_Magazine. Gilbert is Author of “Eat, Pray, Love” and will focus on topics concerning self-expression and creativity. Torabi is Host of the So Money Podcast and will cover personal finance.

Defense One (Washington, DC): Reporter Marcus Weisgerber (@marcusreports) has been promoted to Global Business Editor at @DefenseOne.

Mississippi Business Journal (Jackson, MS): Tami Jones has been named Associate Publisher at @mbjournal.

The Washington Post (Washington, DC): Former Southern Living Assistant Editor Travis Andrews (@travismandrews) signs on at @MorningMix as a Reporter.

Times Leader (Wilkes Barre, PA): Former Watertown Daily Times Editor Tim Farkas signs on as the Executive Editor at @TLNews.

Thomson-Reuters – Washington Bureau (Washington, DC): Veteran journalist John Walcott signs on as the National Security & Foreign Affairs Editor at @ReutersPolitics.

D CEO (Dallas, TX): Danielle Abril takes the reins as Managing Editor at @DMagazine_CEO.

Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA): Justin Chang (@JustinCChang) departs from Variety to join @LATimes as a Film Critic.

The Eephus (Los Angeles, CA): The Eephus (@EephusMag) is a new online sports magazine launched in collaboration with the Los Angeles Review of Books (@lareviewofbooks). Justin Hargett is Publisher/Editor-in-Chief.

PrimeMind (Los Angeles, CA): PrimeMind (@prime_mind) is a new Los Angeles based online publication that explores the human mind. Former Pasadena Magazine Editor Sophia Kercher is Editor.

 MSNBC News (New York, NY): Stephanie Ruhle is departing from her role as Managing Editor for Bloomberg Television to join @MSNBC as a Daytime Anchor in May.

 The Daily Show With Trevor Noah – Comedy Central (New York, NY): Comedian Michelle Wolf (@michelleisawolf) is joining @TheDailyShow as a Contributor and Writer.

 Vice Magazine (New York, NY): Angela Lashbrook (@lemonsand) has been named Social Media Editor at @VICE. She was previously Assistant Social Media Editor for Daily Dot.

 The New York Times (New York, NY): Senior Editor for Digital Transition Samantha Henig (@scootes) has been promoted to Editorial Director of Audio at @nytimes.

 Fast Company (New York, NY): We are sorry to report that Linda Tischler, a Senior Editor at @FastCompany, has passed away from cancer. She covered “the intersection of business and design” and helped launch the annual “Masters of Design” issue.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, MO): Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) has joined the paper (@stltoday) as a Sports Columnist. He takes over the spot from Joe Strauss, who passed away in December. Ortiz was most recently at the Houston Chronicle.

Quad City Times (Davenport, IA): Adam Soebbing (@asoebbing_qct) is now Sports Editor at @qctimes, taking over the role from Don Doxsie (@Dox5). He has been in various roles with the paper since 2005. Doxsie will remain at the paper as a Sports Reporter and Columnist.

Casper Star-Tribune (Casper, WY): Brandon Foster (@BFoster91) is set to join @CSTribune as a Sports Reporter covering the University of Wyoming beat, beginning in May.

Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, UT): Alex Stuckey (@alexdstuckey) has been welcomed as the HealthCare Reporter at @sltrib. Stuckey previously served as Statehouse Reporter at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch covering the Missouri Legislature.

CNN – Los Angeles Bureau (Los Angeles, CA): Veteran TV Columnist/Critic Brian Lowry (@blowryontv) has joined @cnn as a Senior Writer.

DNAinfo Chicago (Chicago, IL): Former Time Out Chicago Editor Lisa White has been named News Editor at @DNAinfoCHI.

Phoenix Home+Garden (Phoenix, AZ): Debra Krol has been announced as Managing Editor at @phxhomegarden. Krol previously served as a Freelancer covering Native American news.

The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, FL): Jason Ruiter (@JasonRuiter1) climbs aboard as the Transportation Reporter at @OrlandoSentinel .

Mic (New York, NY): Gabriel Arana (@Gabrielarana) steps up to the Mic (@Micnews) as the new Senior Editor. He was previously a Senior Media Editor for The Huffington Post.

Racked (New York, NY): Ellie Krupnick (@Elliekrupnick) joins Racked (@Racked) as the new Executive Editor. She was also hired as the Editorial Director of Lifestyle for Mic.

Motherboard (Brooklyn, NY): Contributing Writer Rachel Pick (@Rachel_pick) has been named the new Social Editor at @Motherboard.

IGN (San Francisco, CA): Staff Writer Chloi Rad (@_chloi) has been promoted to Associate Editor at @IGN.

Thrillist (New York, NY): Erin Weaver (@ByErinWeaver) is the new Senior Social Media Editor at @Thrillist. She was previously a Social Media Editor at Men’s Health magazine.

The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC): Publisher Orage Quarles III has announced his retirement from @newsobserver. He served for 16 years.

Nashville Scene (Nashville, TN): We are sad to hear of the passing of Editor Jim Ridley. He had been at @Nashvillescene for almost three decades.

Media Moves

WKYC-TV (Cleveland, OH): Former WTVQ-TV Meteorologist Michael Estime (@MichaelEstimeWX) will be joining the station (@wkyc) as a Morning Meteorologist next month.

WFLD-TV (Chicago, IL): Assistant News Director Jill Manuel has moved on from the station (@fox32news).

WJZY-TV/WMYT-TV (Charlotte, NC): Tina Luque has been named Vice President/News Director @FOX46News and @my12wmyt. She arrives from Virginia.

WMC-TV (Memphis, TN): Kontji Anthony (@kontji) is now an official Evening Anchor at @wmcactionnews5. She had been filling in when needed.

WCSC-TV (Charleston, SC): A. Daniel Cates is the new General Manager/VP at @Live5News. He arrives from WJHL-TV in Tennessee.

KDFW-TV (Dallas, TX): Former WHBQ-TV Reporter Lynnanne Nguyen is starting work at @FOX4 next week as a General Assignment Reporter.

KATV-TV (Little Rock, AR): Elisabeth Armstrong is back at @katvnews as a Morning Reporter. She had been an intern there before moving to KETK-TV in Texas.

WLBZ-TV (Bangor, ME): Meteorologist Steve McKay has moved on from @wlbz2 after more than two decades at the station.

WFAA-TV (Dallas, TX): Former News 12 Long Island Anchor/Reporter Anchor Alisha Laventure has joined @wfaachannel8 as a Weekend Anchor.

KHOU-TV (Houston, TX): Reporter Doug Miller is moving on from @KHOU after more than two decades at the station.

WMAR-TV (Baltimore, MD): Nadia Singh (@NadiaSinghNews) joins Baltimore’s WMAR-TV (@ABC2News) as a Multimedia Journalist.

KNWA-TV (Fayetteville, AR): Natalie Eucce (@ReporterNatalie) has been welcomed @KNWAnews as an Investigative Reporter covering Politics. She previously served as a News Reporter at KIMA-TV covering Crime and Court news.

KVIA-TV (El Paso, TX): Trevor Thompson, former News Anchor for KSNV-TV, has been named Sports Director here (@abc7breaking).

WESH-TV (Orlando, FL): Wendy Chioji (@WChioji) returns to the anchor chair at @WESH.

KARE-TV (Minneapolis, MN): Long-time Anchor Diana Pierce (@dikare) has announced her retirement from the NBC affiliate (@kare11). She has been with KARE since 1983.

KMOV-TV (St. Louis, MO): The CBS affiliate (@KMOV) has promoted Weekend Anchor Courtney Bryant (@CourtneyDBryant) to Evening Anchor.

KOAA-TV (Colorado Springs, CO): Veteran Anchor Lisa Lyden (@koaalisalyden) has announced her upcoming retirement from @koaa after 33 years in broadcasting.

KSHB-TV (Kansas City, MO): Bridget Blevins (@bblevins) is joining the ABC affiliate (@41ActionNews) as Assistant News Director. She makes the move from KQTV-TV in St. Joseph, Mo

WJXX-TV – First Coast News (Jacksonville, FL): First Coast News (@FCN2go) welcomes Alyssa Lang (@AlyssaLang) from WLTX-TV as a Sports Reporter and Anchor.

WUSN-FM (Chicago, IL): Mike Kasper (@KasperShow) has joined @US99Chicago as an Afternoon Host. He was previously a Host/Assistant Program Director/Music Director at WRVQ-FM.

WVAZ-FM (Chicago, IL): We regret to announce that veteran radio Host Doug Banks (@thedbshow) has passed away. He was most recently at @v103.

WXYT-FM (Detroit, MI): Mike Valenti (@MikeValenti971) signs on as afternoon co-Host @971TheTicketXYT.
KBEB-FM (Sacramento, CA): Curtiss Johnson has been named Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartmedia Sacramento’s six-station cluster: KBEB (@B925fm), @kfbk, @v101fm (KHYL-FM), @kste650, @1071TheBrew and KQJK-FM.

KOST-FM (Burbank, CA): Ryan Manno (@ryanmanno) signs on as Senior Producer of “The Ellen K Morning Show” (@kost1035fm).

KFOG-FM (San Francisco, CA): Cumulus station @KFOGradio welcomes former Sirius XM personality, Matt Pinfield (@mattpinfield) as the new Morning Host. Mike “No Name” Nelson moves from mornings to afternoons.

KEWB-FM/KCEZ-FM (Redding, CA): Double J replaces Jake Easy as Program Director of Northern California stations KEWB-FM  and @NorCalPower1.

KLIV-AM (San Jose, CA): After 30 years as News/Talk format San Jose station @1590KLIV will soon switch over to Country music.

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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