Media Moves: Who’s Coming and Going the Week of May 22

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Thomson Reuters – Washington Bureau (Washington, DC): Washington Bureau Chief Kevin Krolicki (@krolicki) has been promoted to Regional Americas Editor at @Reuters.

 Inc. Magazine (New York, NY): Kris Frieswick (@Kris_Frieswick) has been named the new Executive Editor at @Inc. She was previously a Senior Editor for the site.

The Hill (Washington, DC): Johanna Derlaga is the new Publisher at @thehill. Former Roll Call Congressional Editor David Eldridge joins on as the Healthcare Editor. Ex- Roll Call Reporter Cyra Master (@cyram) and former radio News Anchor Bill Rehkopf (@BillRehkopf) enlist as Associate Editors. Former Richmond BizSense Web Editor Evelyn Rupert (@EvelynRupert) is the new Web Editor. And Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) tackles the role of Social Media Director.

 The New York Times (New York, NY): Elizabeth Spayd has joined @nytimes as a Public Editor. She also serves as Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of The Columbia Journalism Review.

Business Insider (New York, NY): Former Blaze Managing Editor Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) takes on the Political Editor role at @BusinessInsider in early June.

The New Yorker (New York, NY): New York Times Sunday Business Editor Vera Titunik (@vtitunik) is now an Executive Editor at @NewYorker.

Fortune (New York): Ellen McGirt (@ellmcgirt) is now penning Fortune’s “raceAhead” email newsletter that covers diversity in the workplace at @fortunemagazine. (New York, NY): Senior Multiplatform Editor Leezel Tanglao (@leezeltanglao) has been promoted to Assistant Managing Editor, Programming at @cnnmoney.

GQ (New York, NY): Anna Peele (@bananapeele) has been named Culture Editor at @GQMagazine. She was previously a Senior Associate Editor at Esquire.

 Men’s Journal (New York, NY): Clint Carter (@clintlcarter) has joined @MensJournal as Senior Editor. He was formerly a Senior Editor for Men’s Health.

Philadelphia Magazine (Philadelphia, PA): Fabiola Cineas (@FabiolaCineas) starts up in June as the Business Editor at @phillymag. And Claire Sasko (@ClaireSasko) joins the team as a Breaking News Editor.

 Vanity Fair (New York, NY): Eric Laffler has been named Executive Producer of Video at @VanityFair. He was formerly a Producer for MSNBC for five years.
Bustle (New York, NY): Former Entertainment Weekly Reporter Stephan Lee (@stephanmlee) enlists at @Bustle as a Reporter covering movies and books.

Washington City Paper (Washington, DC): Former WorldCrunch Senior Editor Liz Garrigan (@lizgarrigan) is the new Editor at @wcp.

 Vulture (New York, NY): @Vulture has named Samantha Rollins (@samantharollins) as the new News Editor. She previously held the same title at The Week Magazine.

Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA): Marques Harper moves from interim Fashion Editor for @LATimes image section to permanent status. Harper was previously Fashion Editor at Austin American-Statesman.

L.A. Weekly (Culver City, CA): Drew Tewksbury is the new Managing Editor at @LAweekly. Tewksbury was most recently Managing Editor and Co-producer of Emmy-winning show “Artbound” on KCET-TV.

 HGTV Magazine (New York, NY): Megan Baker (@mruthbaker) has joined @HGTVmag as a Senior Editor. She was formerly an Associate Editor for This Old House Magazine.

C California Style (Santa Monica, CA): Alison Edmond has been named Fashion Director at @ccalistyle. Edmond is also Fashion, Editor-at-Large for Marie Claire.

 The Toast: Co-founders Nicole Cliffe (@nicole_cliffe) and Mallory Ortberg (@mallelis) announced the women’s humor site @thetoast will be closing down its publication on July 1st.

Palm Harbor Beacon/Tarpon Spings Beacon (Seminole, FL): Recent University of Florida graduate Kathryn Williamshas been hired at Tampa Bay Newspapers (@tbnwebmaster) as Editor of both the Palm Harbor Beacon and Tarpon Springs Beacon.

 The Knot (New York, NY): Esther Lee (@theestherlee) is the new Senior News Editor at @theknot. She was previously an Online Staff Editor at US Weekly.

Reading Eagle (Reading, PA): Sunday Editor Mark Nemirow is now the Editorial Page Editor taking over for the recently retired James Homan. Wire Editor Keith Mayer takes on the Sunday Editor role. And former LNP Deputy Opinion Editor Joe Hainthaler joined @ReadingEagle recently as an Assistant News Editor.

 Lonny Magazine (New York, NY): Angela Tafoya (@angelatafoya) joins @LonnyMag as the new Managing Editor. She was previously a West Coast Lifestyle Editor at Refinery29.

 The Longview News-Journal (Longview, TX): Former Kentucky New Era Journalist Ken Hedler (@KeninLoneStar16) enlists as Business Reporter covering business and energy news at @newsjournal.

 The Record-Journal (Meriden, CT): Capitol Reporter Andrew Ragali is now the City Editor at @Record_Journal.

 Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle, WA): Editor-in-Chief Rob Smith (@psbjeditor) has announced that he is moving on from the business publication (@PSBJ). He has been in this role since 2014.

Media Moves

 Good Day New York – WNYW-TV (New York, NY): Anthony Lopez has joined Good Day New York as a Talent and Segment Producer at @FOX5ny.

KGTV-TV (San Diego, CA): Former KOCO-TV Anchor Brian Shlonsky joins @10News as Evening Anchor/Reporter.

KGO-TV (San Francisco, CA): ABC affiliate @abc7newsbayarea welcomes Jessica Castro (@jessicajanner) from KTNV-TV in Nevada. Castro signs on as Morning Anchor/Reporter.

KRON-TV (San Francisco, CA): Congrats to J.R. Stone on being promoted from Reporter to Weekend Anchor at @kron4news. The station also welcomes Spencer Blake (@spencerjblake) as a Reporter from KIVI-TV in Boise, ID.

WKBW-TV (Buffalo, NY): Elizabeth Lewin (@Liz_Lew21) and Thuy Lan Nguyen (@tweelawn) have both been named Reporters at @WKBW. Nguyen comes from KERO-TV in Bakersfield, CA and Lewin was a Media Recruiter in Boston.

WCBS-TV (New York, NY): Reagan Medgie (@RaeganMedgie) has been named a Freelance Reporter at @CBSNewYork. She will also continue to report for The Weather Channel.

WWL-TV (New Orleans, LA): Meteorologist Laura Buchtel (@Laura_Buchtel) is moving on from this CBS affiliate (@WWLTV) after 12 years to pursue other opportunities.

WJLA-TV (Arlington, VA): Former WOIO-TV Investigative Reporter Scott Taylor (@scotttaylortv) signs on at @abc7news as an Investigative Reporter.

WUSA-TV (Washington, DC): Former KSDK-TV Reporter John Henry flies east to become a Reporter at @WUSA9.

Kiya Edwards KSDK-TV (St. Louis, MO): Kiya Edwards signs on as a new Reporter at @ksdknews.

WCNC-TV (Charlotte, NC): Former WHAM-TV Reporter Hannah Welker (@hannahwelker) is now a General Assignment Reporter at @wcnc.

WKRN-TV (Nashville, TN): WCVB-TV Meteorologist Danielle Vollmar (@DanielleVollmar) will be the new Chief Meteorologist at @WKRN starting in July.

WYFF-TV (Greenville, SC): John Humphries has been named General Manager @wyffnews4. He arrives from WGAL-TV in PA. He starts July 1st.

WXIA-TV (Atlanta, GA): Former WNBC Anchor Shiba Russell will be the new Morning Anchor at @11AliveNews starting in July.

 WJW-TV (Cleveland, OH): Long-time Meteorologist Dick Goddard (@thedickgoddard) has announced his retirement from @fox8news.

 WTMJ-TV (Milwaukee, WI): Former KOAA-TV Investigative Reporter Eric Ross (@ericrosstmj4) is now an Investigative Reporter at @tmj4.

WKEF-TV (Miamisburg, OH):  Adam Aaro (@AdamFox45Now) has taken on the position of Anchor at @ABC22FOX45. He joins the station from WSYX-TV in Columbus, OH.

WHAS-TV (Louisville, KY): Former KSPR-TV Reporter Jonathan Wahl (@WHAS11Jonathan) is now a Reporter at @WHAS11.

 WVIT-TV (West Hartford, CT): NECN’s Assistant News Director Ben Dobson has become the News Director at @NBCConnecticut. He has been with NECN since January 2014.

 WTVT-TV (Tampa, FL): Beginning June 6th, Sorboni Banerjee will join @FOX13News as a Consumer Reporter. Prior to taking a break from TV to become a mother for the first time, Banerjee was an Anchor/Reporter for WFXT in Boston.

 New England Cable News (Newton, MA): Meteorologist Jacqueline Layer will join @NECN in August. Currently, Layeris a Weekend Meteorologist for WBND in Indiana. Also joining the network is Anchor/Reporter Melody Mendez. Mendez comes from WFLD-TV in Chicago where she was a News Anchor.

 KATV-TV (Little Rock, AK): After 18 years, Chris May has returned to @KATVNews as News Anchor. May recently served as Anchor at KYW-TV in Philadelphia.

KVVU-TV (Las Vegas, NV): Former KHSL-TV Morning Anchor Alyssa Deitsch (@alyssadeitsch) is now the Morning Anchor and Reporter at @FOX5Vegas.

 KCTV-TV (Kansas City, MO): Natalie Davis (@nataliekctv5) is joining the CBS affiliate (@kctv5) as a Weekend Morning Anchor and Reporter. She makes the move from KSNT-TV in Topeka, KS. Also at the station, Reporter Josh Marshall (@joshreporting) has been promoted to Investigative Reporter.

Univision – WLTV-TV (Miami, FL): Former Telemundo Houston Reporter Ivan Taylor (@IvanTaylorM) moves to the beach to become a Special Products Producer.

KMBC-TV (Kansas City, MO): Taisha Walker (@taishakmbc) is now with the ABC affiliate, @kmbc, as a Reporter. She was previously at WCHS-TV in Charleston, WV.

KREM-TV (Spokane, WA): The CBS affiliate (@KREM2) has promoted Weekend Weathercaster Briana Bermensolo (@KREMBriana) to Weekday Morning Weathercaster.

WDAF-TV (Kansas City, MO): Nicole DiAntonio (@wdafndiantonio) is now with this FOX affiliate (@fox4kc) as an Anchor and Reporter. She makes the move from WHSV-TV in Harrisonburg, VA.

KSTP-TV (Minneapolis, MN): The ABC affiliate @KSTP has hired FarrahFazal (@FarrahFazal) as an Investigative Reporter. She was last with KSDK-TV in St. Louis, MO.

WIVK-FM (Knoxville, TN): Sean McNally (@SeanOMcNally) is the new Evening DJ at @wivk1077. He arrives from Country music station WPLZ-FM.

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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