After linking this afternoon on Twitter to Capital New York reporter Joe Pompeo’s summary of the first round of staff hires at the “new” Newsweek, here’s how New York Times Mexico City-based reporter Karla Zabludovsky further framed it:
Zabludovsky is the magazine’s new Latin America correspondent. According to Pompeo, she is just one of several impressive hires. Also enlisted to help revive the brand-name newsweekly are Alexander Nazaryan, coming over from The Atlantic Wire to cover culture and science, and two more:
Newsweek‘s new international editor, Capital has learned, is Nicholas Wapshott, a veteran British journalist who’s held top positions at The Times of London in addition to a role as a contributing columnist at Reuters.
Additionally, Newsweek has dipped into DNAinfo’s talent pool, poaching reporter Victoria Bekiempis from the neighborhood news venture as a senior writer.
The transfer of Newsweek ownership from IAC to IBT Media is scheduled to be officially completed tomorrow.
Update (October 2):
Pompeo has confirmed several more Newsweek hires: Katie Baker is coming over from Jezebel as senior writer, while Reuters home page editor Kira Bindrim will be managing editor.