The Washington Post announced today that they have assembled an overnight news team to “enliven, expand and diversify the news offered to readers overnight and into the morning hours.” In other words, these folks are gunna stay up all night so you crazy news junkies have something to read at 4:00 in the morning. Fred Barbash was hired from Reuters in January to lead the team. And while some of the group are already in house, others will be joining in the coming weeks.
Here’s the team:
Lindsey Bever will be on national news. She is a recent Columbia Journalism School graduate, where she earned a Masters in Digital Media. Prior to that, she spent more than three years at the Dallas Morning News.
Terrence McCoy will be on foreign news. He joins the Post from the Miami New Times and was a 2013 finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists.
Soraya Nadia McDonald will be on entertainment, culture and the arts. She is currently an assistant systems editor at the Post, and has also written on pop culture. She previously worked as a sports writer for the Daily Pilot in Costa Mesa, CA.
Gail Sullivan will be on business news. She comes to WaPo from CQ Roll Call, where she covered banking and finance for the Washington Banking Briefing. Before that, she was a crack researcher and fact-checker at CQ Roll Call, and wrote for CQ Weekly Magazine.
The photo editor will be Nick Kirkpatrick. He has been a freelancer and contractor for the Post and will now be full time. His other clients have included The Los Angeles Times and Al Jazeera English.
And the graphics editor will be Pam Tobey. She joins the overnight team from the dayside Presentation Desk’s Information Design graphics team at the Post. She began her career at WaPo 29 years ago, and has worked on the print side creating information graphics, illustrations and other visuals.
The overnight team is expected to kick into full gear next month. Congratulations to you all on the new gigs!