Media Moves at CNN & Times Union, WGN America ‘News Nation’ Taps a Nationally Known Broadcaster

August 21, 2020 Anna Marevska

The Wall Street Journal has announced several staff updates:

  • Reporter Tim Higgins now covers Apple technology out of San Francisco. He spent the past four years writing about Tesla and car technology and has been with The Journal since 2016.
  • John Simons has been named deputy coverage chief for health and science. He directs a team of reporters focused on the healthcare industry, including health insurers, hospitals and the intersection of tech and medicine. Simons previously led energy coverage in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, out The Journal's London bureau.
  • Nour Malas is the new news editor handling breaking news. She joins the paper after a year away on a fellowship at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, and before that reported for the Los Angeles Times.

Brendan J. Lyons  has been named managing editor for enterprise and investigations for the Times Union.  He will manage investigative projects across the newsroom while continuing to direct the work of the paper’s Capitol reporters and develop a training curriculum for investigative work. He will also be developing investigative projects with other Hearst papers. Lyons has been with the Times Union since 1998.

The New York Times has promoted Anushka Patil to senior social editor, upped from social strategy editor. She will continue to develop reader-facing products that attract and retain new audiences and will also work on internal tools to help the social team do their work better. Patil joined The Times in July 2019 after two years at BuzzFeed News.

Adrienne Broaddus has announced she is joining CNN as a Chicago bureau correspondent. She was most recently an anchor/reporter at KARE-TV in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she anchored KARE 11 News at 11 a.m. Monday- Friday. She was in that position for six years.

WGN America News Nation has tapped Dean Reynolds as national political correspondent. He begins his duties on September 1, when News Nation officially launches. Reynolds was most recently Chicago bureau correspondent for CBS News, and before that spent 23 years at ABC News.

Scott Jameson has been named director of programming for Beasley Media Group's cluster in Detroit, overseeing WRIF-FM, WCSX-FM, WMGC-FM, WDMK-FM and the Praise Network. He was most recently with Cumulus Media and served as vice president of classic rock programming, program director of heritage classic rock KQRS-FM and operations manager of KQRS-FM, KXXR-FM & WGVX-FM in Minneapolis.



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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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