RD Roundup: ProPublica Illinois Gets an EIC; Lachlan Markay to The Daily Beast

Plus Bethany Heitman is promoted to editor in chief of StyleWatch, and Annie Lowrey heads to The Atlantic

An EIC for ProPublica Illinois

ProPublica’s Illinois expansion continues with the hire of Louise Kiernan as the first editor in chief of ProPublica Illinois. Kiernan, who starts April 4, arrives from the academic world. More specifically, she is an associate professor at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and student fellowship director of the school’s Social Justice News Nexus, which connects students with Chicago reporters on social justice journalism projects. Prior to joining Medill in 2010, Kiernan had been enterprise editor at the Chicago Tribune, where she had spent 18 years in various reporting and editorial roles.

“With her experience in enterprising accountability journalism and news management, as well as her strong ties across the city of Chicago and state of Illinois, Louise is exactly the right person to lead ProPublica Illinois,” said ProPublica managing editor Robin Fields in a statement. “We are thrilled to have her extraordinary talents as we launch our first state-based expansion.”

Kiernan’s hire also marks the beginning of an 11-person hiring spree for ProPublica Illinois as it seeks to staff up the new, Chicago-based office Kiernan will lead. This represents the first regional expansion for the New York-based organization.

A promotion at StyleWatch

StyleWatch also gets a new EIC, representing the promotion of one of its own, Bethany Heitman, who had already been serving as interim editor. She joined StyleWatch in 2014 as executive editor, during which time “Bethany has helped cultivate a devoted audience for StyleWatch,” according to a note from Time Style and Entertainment Group editorial director Jess Cagle and chief content officer Alan Murray. “Through her style expertise and digital acumen, she has made fashion practical for all types of women by representing their backgrounds, passions and interests throughout the brand,” they wrote.

A new White House reporter for The Daily Beast

The Daily Beast adds The Washington Free Beacon’s Lachlan Markay as a White House reporter. Markay had been a staff writer there since joining in 2013. Prior to that he had been an investigative reporter at The Heritage Foundation and had stints at NewsBusters.org and The Washington Examiner.

“In an administration where the media has been labeled the ‘opposition party,’ Lachlan brings both a conservative voice and talent for providing new facts and the critical questioning necessary for reporting from today’s White House,” said Daily Beast editor in chief John Avlon in a statement, going on to acknowledge the publication’s push to add conservative voices, particularly in its opinion section.

Markay will serve as the face of The Daily Beast in the White House briefing room and will focus on the intersection of the president’s business and political interests.

The Atlantic adds Annie Lowrey

Annie Lowrey will join The Atlantic next week as a writer on the business team, focusing on economic policy. “You’ll know Annie from her great work at The New York Times, New York mag, Slate, and elsewhere. I know she’s excited to be coming to The Atlantic now and working with everyone here,” wrote editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg and TheAtlantic.com editor J.J. Gould in a note to staff.

Lowrey had previously been on the staffs of the publications Goldberg and Gould mentioned, in roles that ranged from reporter to columnist. She had recently penned a piece for The Atlantic, an in-depth look at economic inequality in the United States.