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ABC News names senior business editor


Zunaira Zaki has been named senior business editor and producer of specialized units at ABC News

She will report to Eric Avram, who is senior executive producer of division-wide interviews and oversees the medical, business and law and justice teams.

A 10-year veteran of ABC News, Zaki has played a leading role in virtually all of its business coverage.

She has also has covered major breaking news stories from Newtown, and the Boston Marathon bombing, the 2005 London bombings, the Gulf Oil Spill, the Michael Jackson investigation, Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, Hurricane Sandy and the George Zimmerman trial.

She traveled to Pakistan for Diane Sawyer’s Malala special and for ABC News’ Murrow Award-winning coverage of Osama bin Laden’s death.

Zaki is a Boston University graduate.

Susan Zeidler

Media and entertainment reporter Zeidler leaving Reuters


Susan Zeidler, a reporter for Reuters covering the media and entertainment industries, is leaving the news organization on Thursday.

In an email to Talking Biz News, Zeidler wrote, “I plan to focus on my books and freelancing in 2014 and beyond.”

Zeidler is currently writing the third installment in her young adult time travel series, known as the Practice Room series. The first book is titled, “The Practice Room,” and the second one is “Flying Through Music,” which was a  bestseller this year at Vromans, the largest and oldest independent book store in southern California.

She is also a frequent speaker at schools and libraries and plan to work with WriteGirl in 2014, a Los Angeles-based mentoring non-profit  program pairs professional women writers  with at-risk teen girls.

“It’s been an  incredible 28 years working for the Baron and collaborating with some of the most talented and fun people in the industry,” said Zeidler. “I am looking forward to this new chapter in my life, but will miss Reuters and wish the best to all my colleagues, those who have left before me, and those who remain to ‘fight the fight.’”

Zeidler joined in Reuters in NYC in 1985, covered everything from equities, commodities, energy and treasuries.  In 1994-95, she worked out of the Pittsburgh one-person bureau,  covering Big Steel, the Westinghouse merger with CBS , a USAir flight crash, the Andy Warhol museum opening, and was responsible for coverage in several surrounding states.

She transferred to Los Angeles in 1995, where she focused mostly on media coverage, meeting many industry moguls and celebrities along the way, but also wrote about banking,  legal and most recently the casino industry.

In 2001, she won a SABEW Best in Business Award award for her coverage of the Napster shutdown.

She has also written for Middlesex News in Waltham, Mass., McGraw-Hill, Green Bay Gazette, and trade and consumer magazines. She went to SUNY Albany and Northwestern.


John Karman

Louisville biz reporter takes job with university


John Karman III, who has worked as a business reporter for Louisville Business First for the past 14 years, has resigned to accept a job with the University of Louisville.

Editor Carol Brandon Timmons writes, “John pretty much hit the ground running when he became a full-time staff member at Business First in June 1999.

“For two years prior to that, he was a free-lance writer for us while working as a staff writer for the Catholic Record.

“With his experience as a free-lancer, John had a good handle on what Business First and business reporting was all about. So that was a great prep school type of experience for him.

“With the departure in June 2000 of the late Rachael Kamuf from Business First’s news staff, John took on the big job of handling the economic development and commercial real estate beats.

“He has served us — and our readers — very well in providing excellent coverage on those key beats and others, most notably nonprofits and education.

“All of us at Business First wish John well with his new opportunity, but his dry wit, loyalty to our cause and writing and reporting talent will be sorely missed.”

Read more here.

Deborah Zabarenko

Zabarenko, environmental reporter, leaving Reuters


Debby Zabarenko, who has covered the environment and climate change for Reuters for the past seven years, announced Friday that she is leaving the news service after 27 years.

In a message to her colleagues, Zabarenko wrote:

With so many people leaving Reuters in the last few weeks, we’ve all become a bit jaded about these goodbye notes, so I’ll make mine brief.

First, a big thanks to my colleagues around the world. You are the absolute best in this business. It’s been an honor to be among you for so long.

I’m also deeply grateful to those I’ve tried to help in my job as union leader, in the United States and elsewhere in the Reuters universe. I appreciate those who’ve let me know they benefited from it.

Finally, to some who may have seen me as an irritant, this is your lucky day: my last working shift at Reuters after more than 27 years. I’ll be on the payroll, and on TR email, until December 31.

Until earlier this year, Zabarenko was also the Newspaper Guild’s Unit Chair at Thomson Reuters, representing more than 400 colleagues across the United States, helping to negotiate a labor contract and working to defend them in disputes with the company.

She is a graduate of Cal-Berkeley and Barnard.

Kenneth Li

Ken Li, once Reuters.com editor, leaving news organization


Kenneth Li, who had been the global editor of Reuters.com and is now an editor at large of the news organization, is leaving.

In a Twitter post, Li wrote, “Working on something hot/cool. Or whatever the millenials call it these days.”

In a message to his colleagues, Li wrote, “They say third time’s the charm. So I am ending my second stint at Reuters this Friday. It’s been an amazing three years, mostly, of big challenges, new ideas and the finest team I have ever worked with. Now it’s time for something new.”

Prior to overseeing the website, Li oversaw coverage of technology, media and telecoms news at Reuters News. He joined Reuters in 2003 and was previously a U.S. media correspondent based in New York covering everything from the big media conglomerates to start-ups.

Li co-founded and co-edited MediaFile, which covers the intersection of media and technology. He has also spent time as a full-time staff writer at the Financial Times, New York Daily News, the Industry Standard, TheStreet.com and Inside.com/Brill’s Content.

Li was reprimanded earlier this year for failing to tell his superiors that the home of a now-terminated social media employee had been raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

A number of Reuters journalists were offered buyouts as the news organization seeks to cut 5 percent of its staff.


Money magazine removes “interim” from design director title


Craig Matters, the managing editor of Money magazine, sent out the following announcement to the staff on Thursday:

This may seem anticlimactic since she’s done such a great job as interim design director, but I’m really happy to announce that there’s no more of that interim stuff. Patty Alvarez is now our design director.

In the past five months Patty has put her own stamp on the book, employing a wider array of illustrators and photographers and creating bright, elegant covers. Her first cover, in fact, What to Do with $1,000, was our best seller this year other than the double issue.

For those of you who can’t imagine this to be the case when she’s cracking wise about writers, editors and deadlines, Patty’s degree from the University of Miami is in journalism and creative writing. After school she worked for several years at The Globe, where she picked up her strong Boston accent. She then spent nine years at Newsweek before going onto a freelance career in which she worked, well, everywhere, in print and on iPad development. She started here almost exactly two years ago.

Please join me in congratulating Patty.

Micheline Maynard

Ex-NY Times and CNN biz reporters named Arizona State visiting professors


A former New York Times senior business correspondent and a former CNN Wall Street correspondent will be the Donald W. Reynolds Visiting Professors in Business Journalism for the spring semester at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

Former Times airline and auto industry reporter Micheline Maynard and former CNN Wall Street correspondent Susan Lisovicz will serve as Reynolds visiting professors at the Cronkite School during the spring 2013 semester. Maynard was a Reynolds Visiting Business Journalism Professor at Central Michigan University last year, and Lisovicz has twice before been a Reynolds Visiting Business Journalism Professor at the Cronkite School.

Maynard, a reporter and bureau chief for the Times until 2010, left to become senior editor of a two-year NPR grant project called “Changing Gears.” She recently launched a new crowd-funded journalism venture, “Curbing Cars: Rethinking How We Get Around,” examining why people are driving less and turning to different types of transportation. Curbing Cars is featured on the cover of the current issue of the Columbia Journalism Review. Maynard’s e-book on the project’s findings will be published in 2014.

“It’s never been more important for prospective journalists to understand business,” Maynard said. “I’m excited to bring my expertise in transportation, urban topics and other economic subjects to Arizona State.”

Lisovicz was a correspondent for more than a decade at CNN, interviewing business leaders and providing daily Wall Street coverage. She previously worked as a correspondent for CNBC. She is a former president of the New York Financial Writers Association and also has been an Asian Pacific Fellow, a Jefferson Fellow in Asia and a Radio Television Digital News Association Fellow in Europe. She received the President’s Medal from her alma mater, William Paterson University.

“The Reynolds Center does invaluable work for students and working pros alike in breaking down today’s complex business news,” Lisovicz said. “I’m thrilled to return to Reynolds and help teach a subject that is critically important and yet still so misunderstood.”

Alexandra Cheney

WSJ reporter to join Variety to cover movie industry


Alexandra Cheney, formerly with The Wall Street Journal, is joining Variety as a senior film reporter to cover all aspects of the movie business.

Cheney will report and write about industry trends and the endeavors of the Hollywood’s major studios, focusing on financing deals, strategic initiatives, executive changes and the economics of their movie slates. She is charged with breaking news online and writing longer stories for Variety’s weekly print magazine.

As part of her multimedia duties, she will also conduct video interviews for Variety.com and appear on television and radio news shows to talk about the film industry.

“Alexandra, who was a professional surfer and is a hard-driving journalist, has the perfect kind of competitive DNA needed to aggressively cover the fast-changing, dynamic movie business,” said Variety editor in chief of film Claudia Eller in a statement. “She will be a great addition to our already strong film team.”

Cheney spent the last three years writing for the Speakeasy Blog and Marketplace Section. Cheney’s work has included breaking media news coverage on DreamWorks Animation, Warner Bros., The Walt Disney Co., Sony Pictures Entertainment, Relativity Media, and Pixar Animation.

At the Journal, Cheney also created the “My First Job” column, which helped drive traffic and make Speakeasy the most read blog on WSJ.com. Earlier in her tenure at WSJ, she wrote stories for the Private Properties Real Estate column and launched event coverage for Speakeasy. She also was nominated with Speakeasy for a Webby Award.

Before joining WSJ in March 2010, Cheney was a crime beat reporter for DNA Info in Manhattan. Cheney has a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Cheney will be based at Variety’s Los Angeles offices beginning Jan. 6.

Alexandra Berzon

WSJ taps Pulitzer winner to cover biz regulation/industry safety


Wall Street Journal business editor Dennis Berman sent out the following staff announcement on Tuesday:

We are pleased to announce a new appointment for Alexandra Berzon, who has spent the last four years covering gambling and casinos for the Journal with great distinction.

Ali’s new beat is business regulation and industrial safety. Ali will be covering this increasingly fraught and fractious issue from all sides – misguided or over-enforced government rules, workers exposed to bad working conditions and the causes and effects of industrial accidents.

Regulation and business are growing ever more intertwined, with great impact on the economy at large. This is a key area of coverage for the Journal and Ali will be working closely in her reporting with the Washington, D.C., bureau and with corporate beat reporters.

The new beat is something of a return to roots for Ali. In 2009 her investigations into a spate of construction worker deaths on the Las Vegas Strip won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

Ali joined the Journal in 2009 as the L.A.-based gambling-industry reporter and has delivered numerous memorable stories and scoops – from the man who gambled away $127 million to a dramatic split within Steve Wynn’s casino empire to famous poker pros who ended up being accused of running a Ponzi scheme.

Alexandra was also a key member of Journal teams that reported the Deep Water Horizon crisis, covered mass shootings in both Colorado and Arizona, jumped on the tragic fertilizer plant explosion in Texas and examined the roots of the Tea Party.

She graduated from Vassar College and U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She will remain based in Los Angeles.


Kiplinger’s hires Bigda as contributing editor


Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine and Kiplinger.com have hired Carolyn Bigda, longtime Money magazine reporter, as contributing editor.

At Money, Bigda wrote investing pieces on market trends, individual stocks, ETFs and mutual funds for feature and cover stories. Prior to covering the investing beat, she focused on banking, cash investments, consumer credit and debt management for monthly columns and feature stories. She also introduced “The Frugal Connoisseur,” a series about luxury goods for less and has appeared regularly on radio and television to offer investing insights and consumer advice.

“Carolyn is a highly respected journalist who brings a wealth of knowledge that will greatly benefit our readers and expand the breadth of our editorial staff,” said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, in a statement. “We are excited to incorporate her expertise into our investing coverage and welcome her to the Kiplinger team.”

Bigda has also written the Chicago Tribune’s Getting Started column, which appears weekly in the Tribune and in other Tribune Media outlets. She has degrees from Northwestern University and New York University.

“I am honored to join such a renowned personal finance publication,” said Bigda. “I’ve been fortunate to develop a following of loyal readers and look forward to engaging a whole new audience as part of the Kiplinger’s team.”