Media Moves: Who’s Coming and Going the Week of May 8

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The Tampa Tribune (Tampa, FL): The Tampa Bay Times purchased the Tribune and transferred all of its subscribers to the Times on Wednesday of last week. Over 100 layoffs at the Tribune were expected after the purchase.

Organic Life (Emmaus, PA): Melanie Hansche (@MelHansche) is the new Editor-in-Chief at @OrganicLifeMag.

The Washington Post (Washington, DC): Ex-National Geographic Digital News Director Laura Helmuth (@laurahelmuth) signs on next week as the new National Health, Environment & Science Editor. Former Foreign News Digital Editor Swati G. Sharma (@swatigauri) has been promoted to Deputy Editor/General News at @washingtonpost, and a White House ReporterSteven Mufson (@StevenMufson) energizes the Post as its new Energy & Infrastructure Reporter.

Associated Press – Richmond Bureau (Richmond, VA): News Editor Steve McMillan (@stevejmcmillan) has been promoted to Mid-Atlantic News Editor in charge of news for the region at @AP.

Sacramento Business Journal (Sacramento, CA): Ex-Growth Capital Investor Editor Adam Steinhauer takes the reins as Editor-in-Chief at @Sacbiz.

 Vice – HBO Network (New York, NY): Madeleine Haeringer (@madhaeringer) has been named Executive Producer of the @VICE nightly news program on HBO. She was previously Executive Producer for News Coverage at MSNBC.

Tech Insider (New York, NY): Alyson Shontell (@ajs) has been named Executive Editor of @techinsider. She most recently served as a Deputy Editor for Business Insider.

 Business Insider (New York, NY): Matt Rosoff (@MattRosoff), Mo Hadi (@hadimo), Brett LoGiurato (@BrettLoGiurato) and Sara Silverstein (@ichartny) have been promoted to Executive Editor at @businessinsider. Rosoff will be covering global technology, science and entertainment. Hadi will be leading coverage for global markets, finance, retain, transportation and general business. LoGiurato will be covering news, politics, military, sports and front-page teams. Silverstein will be overlooking strategy, lists and BI Video.

Telemundo Network (Hialeah, FL): Alan Rivera is a new National Assignment Editor at @Telemundo.

Quartz  (New York, NY): Global News Editor Heather Landy (@HeatherLandy) was promoted to Managing Editor at @qz. Editor of New Initiatives Xana Antunes (@Xantunesx) has been promoted to Executive Editor. Senior Editor Gideon Lichfield (@Glichfield) will make the shift to London to lead Quartz’s Europe coverage starting in August.

TechCrunch (San Francisco, CA): Kate Conger (@Kateconger) joins @Techcrunch as a Staff Writer covering online security. She was previously a Managing Editor at Ratter. Haje Jan Kamps (@Haje) joins on as a Contributing Writer covering tech start-ups. He is currently a Chairman at Triggertrap. And Devin Coldewey rejoins as a Staff Writer and a Photographer. He will review gadgets, cover technology and research robots.

bioGraphic (San Francisco, CA): This new online magazine covers biodiversity and sustainability. Steven Bedard (@sevenbedard) is Editor-in-Chief at @biographic.

Orange County Register (Santa Ana, CA): Todd Harmonson has been upped from Assistant Managing Editor/Sports to Senior Editor at @OCRegister replacing Donna Wares who has moved on.

The Morning Call (Allentown, PA): Editor-in-Chief/Publisher David Erdman (@daveerdman) has retired after 35 years in the newspaper business at @mcall.

 Entertainment Weekly (New York, NY): Nick Maslow (@nickmaslow) has joined @EW as Digital News Editor covering television. He was formerly a Staff Writer at Former Time Digital Culture Editor Nolan Feeney (@NolanFeeney) has been named a Staff Writer focusing on music. And The Seven Sees‘ Managing Editor Gerrad Hall (@gerradhall) has joined the Los Angeles Bureau as Digital Staff Editor.

The Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX): Former Chronicle of Education Data Reporter Ariana Giorgi (@arianangiorgi) is moving to Texas in June to be a Video Journalist at @dallasnews.

 US Weekly (New York, NY): Rachel Abrahamson (@rachelpaularpa) has been promoted from Staff Writer to Senior Editor of Parenting at @usweekly.

The Herald-Dispatch (Huntington, WV): Former Logan Banner News Editor Fred Pace (@fcpace62) is the new Business Reporter at @heralddispatch.

Flama (New York, NY): Univision has shut down this Hispanic site’s editorial division at @theflama. All of its editorial staff including Editor Alexis Tirado (@AlexisTT) are moving on.

Style Caster  (New York, NY): Hannah Hickok (@Hannahhickok) joins @StyleCaster as the new Lifestyle Editor. She was previously an Associate Editor at Dr. Oz The Good Life.

Buzzfeed (New York, NY): Priya Anand (@Priyasideas) is now a Transportation Reporter at @Buzzfeed. She was previously a Reporter at MarketWatch.

Crain’s Chicago Business (Chicago, IL): Lisa Bertagnoli (@lisabert) joins the @CrainsChicago team to cover the non-profit organizations in the Windy City region.

SheKnows (Scottsdale, AZ): Melissa Kirsch (@melissakirsch) has been named the new Deputy Editor at @Sheknows. She previously held the same position at Café.com.

Digital Trends
(New York, NY): Brendan Hesse (@brendan_lh) is now a Staff Writer at @DigitalTrends. He was previously a Contributor for the site.

Gizmodo (New York, NY): Ex-Daily Dot Staff Writer William Turton (@WilliamTurton)  joins on as a Staff Writer at @Gizmodo to cover cybersecurity and internet law.

 Time Out New York (New York, NY): Assistant Food & Drink Editor Dan Q. Dao (@danqdao) has been promoted to Digital Community & Commercial Editor at @TimeOutNewYork.

 Bloomberg News – New York Bureau (New York, NY): Ex-Quartz Reporter Deena Shanker (@deenashanker) has been named a Food & Health Reporter at @business.

People Magazine (New York, NY): Video Producer and Talent Booker Caryn Midler (@carynsue) has announced she is moving on from @people after 16 years with the publication.Media Moves

Portland Press-Herald (Portland, ME): Former Fort Myers News-Press Investigative Reporter Penelope Overton (@PLOvertonPPH) moves north to become a Business Reporter at @PressHerald.

Orange Coast Magazine
(Newport Beach, CA): Alan Gibbons is the new Editor-in-Chief at @OrangeCoastmag replacing Martin Smith, who is departing after eight years with the publication.

 Yakima Herald-Republic (Yakima, WA): The paper (@Yakima_Herald) has named Alison Bath (@tmswatchdog) as Managing Editor. She was previously the Executive Editor of The Shreveport Times in Shreveport, LA.

Centre Daily Times (State College, PA): Janet Santostefano takes the reins as the new Publisher at @centredaily.

The Wilson Times (Wilson, NC): Corey Friedman (@corey_friedman) returns to the paper (@thewilsontimes) as Editor. He was previously Online Editor before leaving to become Editor at the Richmond County Daily Journal.

The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, VA): Dale Lachniet has been named publisher at @NewsInTheBurg.

New England Cable News (Newton, MA): Former MSNBC Freelance Reporter Shannon Mularie has joined @NECN as an Anchor/Reporter.

KRON-TV (San Francisco, CA): Steve Aveson joins @kron4news as an Evening Anchor from New England Cable Newsin Boston.

KTVU-TV (Oakland, CA): Fox station @ktvu welcomes Frank Mallicoat as Weekend Morning Anchor from KPIX-TV in San Francisco.

Univision – KMEX-TV (Los Angeles, CA): Andrea González (@andreag_tv) is the new Co-Anchor at @univision34la.

WXYZ-TV (Southfield, MI): Former WSCV-TV Meteorologist Denise Isaac (@Denisewx) is now on the air at @wxyzdetroit as a Weekday Meteorologist.

WBZ-TV (Boston, MA): Former WNYT-TV Reporter Anna Meiler has joined @cbsboston as a Freelance General Assignment Reporter.

WCSH-TV (Portland, ME): Former WKBN-TV/WYTV-TV Meteorologist Cory Froomkin has joined the team at @WCSH6 as a Meteorologist.

 WLS-TV (Chicago, IL): Former WSVN-TV Reporter Liz Nagy (@liznagy) has joined @abc7chicago as a Reporter.

 WITI-TV (Milwaukee, WI): Rob Haswell (@Rob_Haswell) has been given the title of Chief Meteorologist at @fox6now. He has been at the station for 11 years.

 WLIO-TV (Lima, OH): Newcomer Jason Mikell (@JasonMikellNBC) is now a Weekend Meteorologist.

WSB-TV (Atlanta, GA): Nefertiti Jaquez (@nefertitijaquez) is the newest Reporter at @WSBTVNewsdesk. She has also worked in Houston, Miami and Philadelphia.

WAGA-TV (Atlanta, GA): Anchor Lisa Rayam is moving on from @fox5atlanta at the end of the month.

KNWA-TV/KFTA-TV (Fayetteville, AR): KARK-TV/KLRT-TV Reporter Hilary Hunt (@Hilary_TV) is switching to @knwanews and KFTA-TV next month.

KQHN-FM (Bossier City, LA): Julie Kansy has been named Program Director at @i973hits. Kansy has been with Cumulus since 2014.

 WRRM-FM (Cincinnati, OH): Brian Demay (@TheBrianDemay) has signed on to @warm98cincy as Program Director. He was previously a Program Director/Host at WLLI-FM.

WAFF-TV (Huntsville, AL): KRIV-TV News Director Bob Morford (@FOX26Bob) will be joining @waff48 on June 1st.

 KOIN-TV (Portland, OR): Former WTOL-TV Morning Reporter Trevor Ault (@TrevorKOIN) has been added as the Weekday Morning Anchor and Reporter to cover breaking news at @KOINNewsr.

 WTVJ-TV (Miramar, FL): Erika Glover (@ErikaGloverNBC6) has been welcomed as a News Reporter at @NBC6.

 KMGH-TV (Denver, CO): Adam Hammond (@adamhammond_7) has joined the ABC affiliate (@denverchannel) as an Anchor and Reporter. He makes the move from WREG-TV in Memphis, TN.

 KCMO-AM (Kansas City, MO): Tom Becka (@TomBecka) is joining the talk radio station (@kcmotalkradio) as a Midday Host. He was previously a Host at KOIL-AM in Omaha, NE.

 KKSW-FM (Lawrence, KS): Beth Cruise has been named Program Director at the pop music station (@1059kissfm). She was most recently at KBPA-FM in Austin, TX.

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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