Writer Katie J.M. Baker is going to BuzzFeed, where she covers criminal justice and legal/social issues in higher education, according to an email that BuzzFeed’s news editor Lisa Tozzi sent to staff this morning.
Ms. Baker has been a reporter at Newsweek since the fall. Before that, she worked at Jezebel.
BuzzFeed is adding a legal editor.
Chris Geidner, who has written about legal issues as a senior politics reporter for the viral news site since 2012 and been especially active in covering the push for marriage equality, has been promoted to the newly-created position.
Joel Anderson is leaving The Tampa Bay Times for BuzzFeed, where he will be a senior sports writer. Mr. Amderson, who covered sports for The Tampa Bay Times, has written about the college football national championship, the Final Four, and the National League Championship Series and was a college football benchwarmer at Texas Christian University.
Jessica Misener, the senior editor of Huffington Post’s Style vertical, is departing for the buzzier shores of BuzzFeed, where she will be an editor. Ms. Misener will start on February 6.
“Jessica brings with her a lot of enthusiasm for the social web and a wide background of digital experience, as well as a deft sense for the kind of content that people love to share,” Scott Lamb, BuzzFeed’s editorial director said in an email. “We couldn’t be happier she’s joining us.”
BuzzFeed is opening an L.A. bureau to cover the entertainment industry. Richard Rushfield will be the bureau chief and Kate Aurthur will be BuzzFeed’s chief L.A. correspondent, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
Both are veterans of the L.A. Times–Mr. Rushfield ran the entertainment section of the paper’s website until 2009, did a stint as the West Coast Read More
Rachel Sanders is the latest foodie to make the jump from Bon Appetit to BuzzFeed. Ms. Sanders, who was EIC Adam Rapoport’s assistant, will be an associate editor at the new BuzzFeed food vertical, set to launch later this month. Get ready to look at food that’s better than the food you are eating on your Read More
MEMES OF MEMES
BuzzFeed has seemingly been on a hiring spree since the end of last year when they hired Ben Smith to expand their original content offerings. The social news site’s latest addition is web video pioneer Ze Frank, who has signed on as Buzzfeed’s Executive Vice President Of Video. In a statement announcing the hiring of Mr. Frank, BuzzFeed’s Founder & CEO, Jonah Peretti, said he hopes his newest staffer will do with YouTube what the click generating, social news site has already done with Facebook and Twitter.
“As a social publisher, BuzzFeed’s growth has been driven by Facebook and Twitter and we are thrilled that Ze Frank is joining to extend our work to YouTube,” said Mr. Peretti.
Jonah Peretti’s meme-spewing startup recently launched an original content initiative, which is already successful if not for the way in which they can simply memes by hiring people. With sharpened poaching-spears in hand, Peretti has taken from Politico (with Subject #1: Buzzfeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith), Gawker, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, New York, and surely a bunch of others that are difficult to keep track of. Until now!