Media on the Move: 2.8.2021

By Courtney Baumann

The “New year, new me” mindset was taken seriously by journalists at the start of 2021, which wasn’t surprising as January and February are two of the best months to look for a new job, since most companies have received their updated budgets and are looking to fill roles. 

With all the changes that have happened in just the first month of 2021, PR pros might have missed some job updates from our reporter friends. Among some of those big moves were: 

W Magazine

  • Katie Connor joined W magazine as executive digital editor. She was previously the digital director at ELLE and has worked for Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and the now-defunct CosmoGIRL!.


  • Delece Smith-Barrow joined POLITICO as education editor, where she will manage a team covering national education policy and politics. She came from The Hechinger Report, where she was a senior editor and wrote about inequality and innovation in higher education. 

The Cut

  • Lindsey Peoples Wagner returned to The Cut as editor-in-chief after more than two years away as editor-in-chief at Teen Vogue. From 2015-2018 she was The Cut’s fashion market editor. 

The New York Times

  • Nicholas Casey is the Madrid bureau chief for The New York Times, which just opened an official bureau in Spain. He was most recently on the Politics desk as an enterprise reporter and before that, the Caracas bureau chief. 

The Los Angeles Times

  • Nour Malas joined The Los Angeles Times as deputy editor for Business, leading a team focused on income inequality and developing strategy. She previously served as an international correspondent at The Wall Street Journal, where she was for almost a decade. 
  • Lori Leibovich left theSkimm for The New York Times’ “Well,” where she will be the editor of the desk, which is devoted to the coverage of personal health and wellness. 


  • Isaac Schultz moved to Gizmodo as a staff writer covering science. He came from Atlas Obscura where he was an editorial fellow covering breaking science news. 

Additionally, with a new administration inaugurated on January 20th, publications announced their White House reporting teams, which included several role changes and new additions. 


  • Laura Barrón-López – focusing on the power dynamics between Capitol Hill and the White House; Natasha Bertrand – national security; Chris Cadelago – White House correspondent; Natasha Korecki – Biden presidency; Anita Kumar – White House correspondent; Tyler Page – White House correspondent (formerly with Bloomberg News); Alex Thompson– White House reporter

The Washington Post

  • Ashley Parker – White House bureau chief; Anne Gearan – White House correspondent; Annie Linskey – focusing on politics influencing the president; Sean Sullivan – Democratic Party; Matt Viser – Biden presidency; Cleve R. Wootson Jr. – Harris vice presidency; Philip Rucker – senior Washington correspondent; David Nakamura – civil rights and the Justice Department; Toluse Olorunnipa – national political investigations

ABC News

  • Cecilia Vega – chief White House correspondent; Mary Bruce – senior White House correspondent; Rachel Scott – Congressional correspondent; MaryAlice Parks – weekend White House correspondent; Jonathan Karl – chief Washington correspondent 

The Wall Street Journal

  • Alex Leary, Andrew Restuccia, Catherine Lucey, Gordon Lubold, Tarini Parti, Sabrina Siddiqui, and Ken Thomas – White House reporters