Media Moves: Who’s Coming and Going the Week of May 15

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Prevention (Emmaus, PA): Former Reader’s Digest Executive Editor Barbara O’Dair is the new Editor-in-Chief at @PreventionMag.

 Advertising Age (New York, NY): Josh Golden (@JoshuaJGolden) has been named Publisher at @adage. He was previously VP of Global Digital Marketing at Xerox.

Politico Pro (Arlington, VA): Mark McQuillan is the new Editor of Financial Services at @POLITICOPro. Web News Producer Cogan Schneier (@CoganSchneier) is now a Labor Reporter.

South Florida Business Journal (Fort Lauderdale, FL): Managing Editor Mel Meléndez (@melmelendez) has been promoted to Editor-in-Chief at @SFBJNews.

 Thomson Reuters (New York, NY): U.S. Markets Editor David Gaffen (@davidgaffen) has been promoted to Energy Markets Editor at @Reuters.

Business First (Louisville, KY): Ex- News and Tribune Editor Shea Van Hoy (@SheaVanHoy) is the new Managing Editor at @BFLouisville.

American Banker (New York, NY): Former Post & Courier Business Reporter Allison Prang (@AllisonPrang) enlists as a Banking Reporter at @AmerBanker.

Mashable (New York, NY): Business Reporter Jason Abbruzzese (@JasonAbbruzzese) has been promoted to Business Editor at @mashable.

The Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX): Former Modern Healthcare scribe Sabriya Rice (@sabriyarice) is the new Health Reporter at @dallasnews.

Houston Business Journal (Houston, TX): Former Web Editor Laura Furr (@HBJLaura) tackles the Data Reporter role at @HOUBizJournal.

 The New York Observer (New York, NY): Drew Grant (@videodrew) has been promoted to Arts & Entertainment Editor at @observer. She formerly served as a Staff Writer since September 2011.

 The New York Times (New York, NY): Sydney Ember (@melbournecoal) is switching beats from Advertising Reporter to Media Reporter at @nytimes.

 Real Simple (New York, NY): Brian Madigan has been named Director of Video at @RealSimple. He was previously Photo Director at BuzzFeed. Hannah Norling (@hannah_norling) has been named Assistant Producer. She was previously an Editorial Fellow at Southern Living.

 Crain’s Chicago Business (Chicago, IL): Former @CrainsChicago Contributor Lisa Bertagnoli (@lisabert) is now a Business Reporter at the publication.

San Francisco Business Times (San Francisco, CA): Blanca Torres returns to @SFBusinessTimes as Reporter covering real estate and economics. Torres previously left the publication in 2014 to join The Seattle Times.

i09 (New York, NY): Robert Bricken (@robbricken) has been promoted to Editor-in-Chief at @io9. He was previously a Morning Editor for the site.

Android Authority (New York, NY): John Velasco (@john_c_velasco) is the new Editor-at-Large at @androidauth. He is currently the Editor at Phone Arena.

Glossy (New York, NY): Digiday Media (@Digiday) has launched a new fashion and luxury goods website titled Glossy (@glossyco). Shareen Pathak (@shareenpathak) is the new Managing Editor. She currently holds the same title at Digiday. Hilary Milnes (@hilarymilnes) has been named the new Senior Reporter. She is currently a Retail Reporter at Digiday. Bethany Biron (@bethanybiron) has been named the new Junior Reporter. She is currently a Retail Reporter at Digiday.

The Richmond County Daily Journal (Rockingham, NC): Reporter William Toler has been promoted to Editor at @rcdailyjournal.

Upstate Business Journal (Greenville, SC): Spartanburg Herald-Journal Business Reporter Trevor Anderson has been hired at @UpstateBiz in the same role.

White Bear Press (White Bear Lake, MN): Debra Neutkens (@p_pubsreporter) is the new Editor at @whitebearpress, taking over the position from Kristine Goodrich, who has moved on.

Daily Messenger (Canandaigua, NY): Brian Doane is the new Publisher of Messenger Post Media and @messengerpost.

Media Moves

Telemundo – KTMD-TV (Houston, TX): Former KTAZ-TV News Director Andrea Ospina (@AndreaTelemundo) is now the Assistant News Director at @TelemundoHou.

 WKBW-TV (Buffalo, NY): Traffic & Lifestyle Reporter Desiree Wiley (@DesireeWiley) has announced she is moving on from @WKBW after her contract ends in July.

WTVJ-TV (Miramar, FL): Erika Glover (@ErikaGloverNBC6) has been welcomed as News Reporter at @nbc6.

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 @KOINNews.
KNWA-TV (Fayetteville, AR): Hilary Hunt has announced her plans to join @KNWAnews as a News Reporter from KARK-TV. Her first day is set for the first week in June.

KRIV-TV (Houston, TX): News Director Bob Morford (@FOX26Bob) has announced plans to move on from the Fox affiliate station (@Fox26Houston), effective June 1st to join WAFF-TV in Huntsville, AL.

KNXV-TV (Phoenix, AZ): Ex- KUSA-TV Reporter Melissa Blasius (@MelissaBlasius) is now a Breaking News Reporter at @abc15.

WJCL-TV (Savannah, GA): Former WBTV-TV Meteorologist Scott Sumner is now the Weekend Meteorologist at @WJCL_News.

Univision – KWEX-TV (San Antonio, TX): Gary Cooper has been hired as an Anchor at @univisionsatx. He arrives from The Weather Channel, where he freelanced.

WKRN-TV (Nashville, TN): Elbert Tucker (@ETuckerNews) is joining @WKRN as News Director. He arrives from WISH-TV in Indianapolis.

WCNC-TV (Charlotte, NC): Rachel Brown has been hired at @WCNC as an Anchor/Reporter. She arrives from the Midwest, where she has worked in Chicago and South Bend. She starts next month.

WRCB-TV (Chattanooga, TN): John Martin is joining @WRCB as Morning Anchor in mid-June. His resume includes stops in Colorado Springs and Knoxville.

WCVB-TV (Needham, MA): After 18 years in television, Veteran Reporter Kelley Tuthill has said goodbye to @WCVB to pursue a new career with Regis College.

New England Cable News (Newton, MA): Former KMSP-TV Reporter Jonathan Choe joins @NECN as a General Assignment Reporter.

Telemundo – WNEU-TV (Charlestown, MA): Sports Anchor/Reporter Pedro Castro-Amare has joined @TelemundoBoston. Most recently, he was a Weekend Sports Anchor for sister station WSCV-TV located in Miramar, Florida.

Telemundo – KDEN-TV (Denver, CO): The Telemundo station (@telemundodenver) has moved Sports Anchor Carlos Rausseo (@rausseoc) to Evening News Anchor. He has been with the station since 2011.

 WPTA-TV (Fort Wayne, IN): Sports Anchor Zach Groth (@Zach21alive) has joined @21alivewpta. He was previously a Digital Journalist at WJZY-TV in Charlotte, N.C..

 WLS-TV (Chicago, IL): Rob Elgas (@RobElgasABC7) will now be an Anchor for the 4 P.M. news at @abc7chicago.

 WEEK-TV (East Peoria, IL): Former WTVD-TV Anchor/Reporter Caitlin Knute (@CKnuteABC11) has joined @News25Update as an Anchor.

 WICS-TV (Springfield, IL): Former WOWT-TV Meteorologist Cheryl Lemke (@CherylLemkeWICS) has taken on the role of Chief Meteorologist at @wics_abc20.

 WLWT-TV (Cincinnati, OH): Derek Forrest (@DerekWLWT) is moving from WYMT-TV to @WLWT as a Sports Reporter.

 WLKY-TV (Louisville, KY): WGBA-TV Anchor/Reporter Dan Koob (@DanKoob_WLKY) has been named Sports Reporter at @WLKY.

Cumulus Radio (Albuquerque, NM): Brad Hansen has been named Program Director for three of Cumulus’ Albuquerque stations: Country music stations KRST-FM (@923KRST) and KBZU-FM (@963NASHICON) and Adult Hits stationKDRF-FM (@1033edfm). He makes the move from KWOF-FM in Denver, CO.

KNBR-AM (San Francisco, CA): Jeremiah Crowe (@CroweRadio) moves on from ESPN to join @KNBR as Program Director. John Lund (@JohnLundRadio) will also be joining the station in July once his contract with KGMZ-FM expires.
KISQ-FM (San Francisco, CA): Jack Kulp (@jackkulp) is back on the air as Morning Host at @981thebreeze. Kulp previously spent 20 years at KOIT-FM before departing last year.

KBLX-FM (San Francisco, CA): Kimmie Taylor (@KBLXkimmie) has been named Assistant Program Director at @KBLX.
KRBQ-FM (San Francisco, CA): On-Air talent Joey Vlazny (@JoeyV1021) adds Assistant Program Director to his title at @Q102SF.

KWOF-FM (Denver, CO): Ed Hill is now Program Director at the country music station (@925thewolf). He was previously at Seattle, WA station KMPS-FM.

KASE-FM/KVET-FM (Austin, TX): Bree Wagner has been named Assistant Program Director/Music Director @KVETFM and @kase101austin. She is also DJ at KVET-FM and KAJA-FM.

WPAW-FM (Greensboro, NC): Morning DJ Leanne Petty has moved on from @931_TheWolf after almost a decade.

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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