Media Moves at The New York Times & The Drum, Kaiser Health News Hires an Editor

July 15, 2020 Anna Marevska

The New York Times has announced several staff updates on the Opinion desk, and a new hire in the London bureau:

  • Mary Suh has taken the role of acting opinion editor at the paper until sometime this fall. She was previously with The Times for 22 years as the deputy of several departments, including Politics, Week in Review, Culture and Styles. Most recently, Suh worked at The Atlantic.
  • Talmon Joseph Smith has been promoted to staff editor, Opinion. He joined the desk in 2018 as an editorial assistant. His work has also appeared in The Atlantic, Vice, GQ and other outlets.
  • Also on the Opinion desk, longtime Times editor and writer Bari Weiss has resigned, effective July 14. She was an op-ed staff editor and writer and wrote about culture and politics. She was an op-ed and book review editor at The Wall Street Journal before joining the Times in 2017. 
  • Eshe Nelson has joined the paper as a business reporter based in London. She comes for Quartz where she covered global economics, markets, and finance. Before that, Nelson was a reporter for Bloomberg News reporting on breaking news, markets, the largest banks and asset managers.

The Drum, the magazine covering news and features about media, creative, marketing and advertising industries in the US, has hired Kenneth Hein is the U.S. editor. He was previously the chief communications officer at Dentsu Aegis Network, and before that served as global chief communications officer at Gyro.

Sheila Courter has been promoted to programming editor at The Wall Street Journal, taking on a critical new role at the heart of how we serve our growing digital audience. She has been with The Journal since 2004 and has worked in a wide variety of roles. Most recently, Courter was the editor of newsroom workflow.

Kaiser Health News has welcomed Matt Volz as mountain states editor, effective July 13. He is based in Helena, Montana. Volz comes from The Associated Press where he served as Rocky Mountains news editor after various other editing and reporting roles in his 18 years at the wire service. 

WBAA-AM/FM public radio in Indiana has hired Samantha Horton as the new Indiana Public Broadcasting reporter. She covers all things related to business and economy in Indiana. Horton comes from Side Effects Public Media, where she spent a year as a reporter, and before that she worked for WNIN Tri-State Public Media Inc. as a reporter/producer/host.

Eric Johnson has rejoined Beasley Media Group as program director and afternoon host at WJBR-FM in Wilmington, Delaware, effective July 1. He comes from WPEN-FM and WTEL-FM sports radio in Philadelphia, where he served as director of sports programming until November 2019. Prior to that, Johnson spent 19 years as PD of Townsquare Media talk WKXW-AM Trenton, New Jersey.



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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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