Media Moves at Business Insider & Chicago Sun-Times, CBS News Launches Race and Culture Unit

July 29, 2020 Anna Marevska

Business Insider has hired two new reporters who will both start in early August:

  • Tina Sfondeles will join the D.C. bureau as a politics reporter covering the Joe Biden presidential campaign.  She comes from the Chicago Sun-Times where she spent 12 years, most recently as chief political reporter.  
  • Emily Canal will join the outlet as a senior reporter covering entrepreneurship. She was most recently a staff writer at Inc. magazine where she wrote about entrepreneurs and their impact on politics, policy, healthcare, startup ecosystems, and the business world.

The Chicago Sun-Times will welcome back Mary Mitchell in August as a columnist; she semiretired from the paper a year ago. Mitchell will write two columns a week and will also serve as the director of newsroom culture and community engagement. Back in July 2019, she stepped down after 29 years at the paper and was writing occasionally.

The Washington Post has announced two new staff updates:

  • Reporter Michael Brice-Saddler has joined the Metro desk to cover government and politics in the District. He was previously on the General Assignment desk and joined The Post in 2018.
  • Stephen Smith will join the National staff as health and science editor. He previously spent three years as the education editor on the Local desk and came to The Post after a six-year run at the Boston Globe.

Alvin Patrick has been promoted to executive producer of the newly launched Race and Culture Unit at CBS Television Network. He has been with CBS since 2012 and has since produced reports for the network’s major news franchises—60 Minutes, CBS Sunday Morning, 60 Minutes Sports for Showtime, CBS This Morning and others. Most recently, Patrick served as senior producer. According to the network, "CBS News Race and Culture Unit will lead new initiatives on race and culture reporting and serve as a place where any staffer can pitch relevant and compelling stories."

Fox News has promoted Charles Watson to Atlanta-based correspondent. He was most recently a multimedia reporter for Fox News Channel out of Jackson, Mississippi, a position he has held since 2018. Prior to that, Watson worked as a general assignment and multimedia reporter for independent television station WRNN-TV’s FiOS1 News in New York. 

Johnny Green is the new vice president of news services at CBS News and will oversee Newspath CBS’ affiliate newsgathering service. He begins his duties on August 10 and succeeds Tim Gaughan, who left CBS News earlier this year. Green spent the past five years running Boston’s CBS station WBZ-TV as VP and news director. Prior to that, he was an executive producer at WCAU-TV in Philadelphia.



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Anna Marevska

Anna Marevska is an editor and writer for Cision Blog, and writes media updates and media industry features. She is also the senior manager of content and client data at Cision’s research department, and the editor of

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