Filling the slot left vacant by the recent departure of Bryan Alexander for USA Today, the Hollywood Reporter will officially announce on Friday that it has recruited Joseph Kapsch (pictured), editorial director of Tribune site Zap2it.com, as its new website editor. Kapsch starts May 23rd.
While job duties will be slightly different than those attached to the digital editor position occupied by Alexander, Kapsch could not have picked a better time to come on board. The Reporter has been registering huge web traffic gains in recent months, with the latest comScore numbers showing a total of 4.6 million unique visitors for the month of April.
Kapsch is a veteran of the online entertainment news world. Prior to joining Zap2It in 2009, he helped run the LA Times and Access Hollywood websites, following previous stints with ABC-Disney, MSN, Viacom, and Sony Pictures Digital.
His Zap2it bio has a pretty funny section of answers to questions such as which celebrities he would “switch teams for.” At the time of that interview, he also answered that if he could be anyone for a day, it would be Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.