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Who Works Where

The post-election shuffle for journalists

December 23, 2016

The post-election media merry-go-round is upon us. Every four years, as outlets take stock of their newsrooms and draft their strategies for covering the new administration, they also cast a wandering eye around the industry, snapping up talents who have distinguished themselves over the course of the campaign.

The game of musical desks began before voters even went to the polls, as CNN poached Andrew Kaczynski and his KFILE team from BuzzFeed. McKay Coppins and Rosie Gray also departed Ben Smith’s shop, with both headed to The Atlantic, where new Editor in Chief Jeffrey Goldberg has been busy. Goldberg added Franklin Foer (mostly recently of Slate and, before that, editor of The New Republic) and Julia Ioffe (Politico) to his stable of writers.

Meanwhile, The New York Times tapped CBS News’ Sopan Deb and brought over Glenn Thrush, who joins a veritable Politico alumni association at the Grey Lady. Additionally, Salena Zito, one of the few reporters who saw Trump’s success coming, landed a regular gig with The Washington Examiner. Other journalists are sure to be on the move in the days ahead.

While not every journalist job jump is directly tied to the election, this is the season for shakeups, and we’ll be tracking industry moves through the end of the year, updating this page regularly. If you know of a media member switching outlets who isn’t listed here, drop us a tip at

Here’s a breakdown of who’s switching desks, and where they’re each headed (last updated 12/23).


Andrew Kaczynski BuzzFeed CNN
Anthony Cormier The Tampa Bay Times BuzzFeed
Ashley Parker The New York Times The Washington Post
Barry Bagnato CBS Radio unknown
Bill Whitney CBS Radio unknown
Billy Sorrentino Wired Apple
Bruce Perlmutter BuzzFeed Conde Nast Entertainment
Carla Sosenko Time Out New York Entertainment Weekly
Casey Neistat Beme CNN
Charles Kaye CBS Radio unknown
Christopher Massie BuzzFeed CNN
David Freeman The Huffington Post NBC News
Deborah Needleman T Magazine unknown
Eben Shapiro The Wall Street Journal Time Magazine
Ellen Pollock Bloomberg Businessweek unknown
Franklin Foer Slate, The New Republic The Atlantic
Gilad Lotan Betaworks BuzzFeed
Glenn Thrush Politico The New York Times
Harley Carnes CBS Radio unknown
Jim Tankersley The Washington Post Vox
Joe Nocera The New York Times Bloomberg View
Josh Dawsey The Wall Street Journal Politico
Juleyka Lantigua-Williams The Atlantic NPR
Julia Ioffe Politico The Atlantic
Julie Hansen Business Insider [unnamed startup]
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke The New York Observer Women’s Wear Daily
Kate Kelly CNBC The New York Times
Ken Wheaton Advertising Age unknown
Kia Kokalitcheva Fortune Axios
Kim Hart The Federal Communications Commission Axios
Kristin Roberts Politico McClatchy
Kyle Blaine BuzzFeed CNN
Lydia Polgreen The New York Times The Huffington Post
Matt Rosoff Business Insider CNBC
McKay Coppins BuzzFeed The Atlantic
Michael Luo The New York Times The New Yorker
Monica Crowley Fox News National Security Council (non-journalism)
Nancy Youssef The Daily Beast BuzzFeed
Nathan McDermott BuzzFeed CNN
Neil King The Wall Street Journal Fusion GPS (non-journalism)
Nikki Finke Was on hiatus Mediaite
Paul Volpe The New York Times Politico
Prachi Gupta Cosmopolitan Jezebel
Rana Foroohar Time Magazine Financial Times
Robert Wolf Democratic fundraiser/ Obama + Hillary advisor Fox News
Rosie Gray BuzzFeed The Atlantic
Robin Gradison ABC News NBC News
Salena Zito Pittsburgh Tribune-Review The Washington Examiner
Sara Fischer The Washington Post Axios
Sarah Mimms Countable BuzzFeed
Scot Gillespie W. W. Grainger The Washington Post
Sopan Deb CBS The New York Times
Stephen Mooallem Harper’s BAZAAR The Village Voice
Sudeep Reddy The Wall Street Journal Politico
Teddy Lynn Ogilvy & Mather Bloomberg Media
Tess Townsend Inc. Recode
Theo Balcomb NPR The New York Times
Tim Alberta National Review Politico
Tim Taliaferro Texas Exes Texas Monthly
Valerie Lapinski Guardian US Vox
Will Sommer Washington City Paper The Hill
Zoe Tillman The National Law Journal/Legal Times BuzzFeed
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Carlett Spike and Pete Vernon are the authors of this piece. Spike is a CJR contributor and Vernon is a CJR Delacorte Fellow.