Media Moves at The Wall Street Journal & Gizmodo, Crunchbase News Names Managing Editor

July 17, 2020 Anna Marevska

The Wall Street Journal has announced a promotion and a new hire:

  • Brent Jones has been promoted to editor of culture, training and outreach. He has been with The Journal since February 2018 when he joined as assistant managing editor for training & outreach. Before that, Jones was the head of standards and ethics for USA Today, a role that eventually expanded to support more than 100 local newsrooms across Gannett. 
  • Chastity Pratt has joined The Wall Street Journal as education bureau chief and leads reporters and directs coverage across all platforms. Pratt spent the past year spent studying education funding as a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. She has also covered education at the Detroit Free Press, Newsday and The Oregonian. 

David Bario has joined Reuters as legal news editor. He comes from ALM Media, where he most recently served as global managing editor and senior business of law editor, and  managed a team of reporters and editors producing coverage of the U.S. legal industry for ALM publications including, The American Lawyer, The National Law Journal, New York Law Journal and The Recorder.

Gizmodo has welcomed back John Biggs as editor in chief. He is a veteran tech journalist who has worked at CrunchGear and TechCrunch, and his first stint at Gizmodo as editor was from 2003 to 2005. Most recently, Gibbs served as the top editor at CoinDesk.  

Crunchbase News has named Marlize van Romburgh managing editor. She will begin in August and is currently wrapping up her duties at Silicon Valley Business Journal where she has been the managing editor since 2018. van Romburgh has also previously worked for the San Francisco Business Times and Pacific Coast Business Times.

Andy Masur has been named  play-by-play voice of the Chicago White Sox on WGN 720-AM. He succeeds the late Ed Farmer and will join Darrin Jackson in the radio broadcast booth. Masur has been the pregame host for WGN’s White Sox broadcasts since 2018.  He had also worked for WGN on Chicago Cubs broadcasts from 1997 to 2007.

WKQI-FM radio in Detroit has hired Sean Strife as assistant program director/music director/afternoon host; he succeeds Joe Carballo. Strife was previously with iHeartMedia's KDXA-FM in Iowa, where he served in the same capacity since 2018.  



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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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