Season's Greetings: Update your Media Lists for the Holiday Season

ThinkstockPhotos-490636228 Last month here at Above the Fold, I provided the first installment in our series of media relations tips to help build stronger relationships with the media.

This month, as we turn our attention towards the holiday season, the focus is on a few of the recent media moves – so those “Season’s Greetings” we send make it to the correct address of our favorite reporters.

Make sure to update those media lists…

Bloomberg News

Shira Ovide joined Bloomberg in late October to work on its Bloomberg Gadfly commentary service. Ovide was previously a reporter for The Wall Street Journal covering business software firms from the San Francisco Bureau.

Additionally, Shannon Harrington was named managing editor for global corporate finance, as part of an expansion of technology and business coverage at Bloomberg. Previously, Shannon worked as the head of corporate finance in the U.S. for Bloomberg.

Bloomberg Businessweek

Ellen Pollock is now the editor of Bloomberg Businessweek. She replaced Josh Tyrangiel, who left the company. Ellen was previously Businessweek’s deputy editor before being promoted to editor.

Brian Womack moved over to covering enterprise companies like and Dell while retaining the Yahoo! beat.

Jack Clark slid over to Google where he will cover its transformation into the moonshot-launching Alphabet.

Brad Stone was named global head of technology coverage.

Tom Giles was named executive editor and is running the day-to-day tech coverage around the world.

Jillian Ward became the permanent U.S. team leader.

Eric Newcomer, previously Bloomberg's startups reporter, is training his sights on the on-demand juggernauts Uber, Lyft and Airbnb.

And finally, in New York, Joshua Brustein now focuses his attention on the technology-themed disruptions to the media and advertising businesses.


Andres Jauregui joined Forbes as a senior online editor. He was previously an editor at The Huffington Post, specializing in trending stories and breaking news, with an eye toward reporting and developing viral content.

Los Angeles Times

Scott Kraft took on a new digital role overseeing top stories for the website at the Los Angeles Times, working with the homepage and social media teams. He most recently served as a deputy managing editor of page one, column one and special projects.

 New York Daily News

Rob Moore is the new head of news at the New York Daily News. He’s worked as reporter since 2004 and was designated deputy managing editor in 2011.

Eric Barrow was named senior writer at the New York Daily News. He previously covered sports for the same outlet.

New York Times

Jan Benzel now oversees the New York Times’ Sunday metropolitan section. She was previously a staff editor in Metro.


Dustin Volz joined Reuters as a reporter covering cybersecurity from the Washington DC angle, including nation-state conflicts, corporate espionage, federal government hacks, surveillance and digital privacy and online consumer scams. Dustin will work out of San Francisco and will be leaving his current position as correspondent for the National Journal.

Carl O’Donnell was named Healthcare M&A reporter. In his new role, he will break news and provide insight on the biggest deals in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors in the Americas.

 San Jose Mercury News

David Butler retired from the San Jose Mercury News after a 44-year career in the industry.


Katy Steinmetz was promoted to San Francisco Bureau Chief at TIME. In her new role, she leads the publication’s coverage of news and ideas in the Bay Area. Katy also writes about tech, LGBT issues and new economies, and pens features on art, language and culture.

 USA Today

Laura Mandaro was named the technology editor at USA Today. She’s been with USA Today for nearly a year, acting as a West Coast editor out of the San Francisco office and will be overseeing tech coverage, both online and in print.

 Philana Patterson joined USA Today as deputy money editor in New York City. She was previously an assistant business editor at the Associated Press, where she was a member of the senior leadership team in AP Business News and helped oversee breaking and enterprise news coverage and operations.

The Wall Street Journal

Richard Rubin joined The Wall Street Journal as a reporter covering U.S. tax policy. He was previously a reporter at Bloomberg News for nearly five years, working tax issues on Capitol Hill.


Neil Torres