Josh Tyrangiel Heralds ‘Boatload’ of Vice News Hires

This time around, it's 25 new hires and one returning staff member.

Read it and weep … Tears of joy, that is. While much of this summer’s media news, from IBT Media to HelloGiggles, has been depressing, the folks at Vice continue to build a massive content army.

We love the qualifier in the first sentence of Josh Tyrangiel’s memo. Understood; our enthusiasm for each and every one of these talented folks (who start at various dates) is fully calibrated:

We’ve got a boatload of new people to announce, but please don’t let the volume overwhelm our enthusiasm for them as individuals. These are really smart, talented and collaborative people. It’s a great bunch, and as we ramp up to launch we’re happy to have each and every one of them.

Quinton Boudwin is a new production assistant on the tech desk. He’s a recent graduate of UT Austin and has done internships with The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, the Austin American-Statesman, and KUTX radio. Quentin starts July 25th.

Sarah Burke is a producer. Sarah started as a news desk assistant in ABC’s Washington bureau before moving to London for NBC, where she’s now a hub reporter on the foreign desk. Sarah’s a Brit-American, with an undergrad degree from Oxford and an MA from Georgetown. She starts July 18th.

Kathleen Caulderwood is a video producer for Vice News. She’s Canadian, because we can not stop ourselves. Kathleen was the Africa correspondent at International Business Times before transitioning into impressively fast and smart multimedia work for Vice News, the Guardian, MSNBC, Mashable and many others. Kathleen started on Monday.

Juanita Ceballos is an associate producer. Originally from Colombia, Juanita started her career as a videographer in Mexico City at Telemundo, reporting extensively on the disappearance of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College and the escape of drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán. She’s a Columbia J-school grad and currently serves as an adjunct professor there as well. Juanita starts August 1st.

Cameron Dennis is a video editor. Cameron comes to us from Refinery29. Before that he was a producer and senior editor at BET Digital. With work at Bad Boy and XXL he brings a wealth of experience with music and the music business. Cameron is a grad of the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study. He starts July 25th.

Adam Desiderio is an international producer. Currently at ABC, Adam has logged a lot miles for Nightline, parachuting into west Africa to report on Ebola and Brazil to report on Zika. (He does things besides pandemics, he just happens to be good at them.) Adam starts August 11th.

Darren Foster is a producer joining our L.A. office. Darren’s a Peabody Award-winner who was the series director for “Borderland,” Al Jazeera America’s first originally commissioned docu-series. He also co-created and produced “Inside: Secret America” for National Geographic. Darren starts July 18th.

Kirsten Frisina is deputy social editor. Kirsten comes from The Verge. (There was actual, measurable sadness on Twitter that she was leaving The Verge’s Snapchat channel; an incomprehensible sentence, but true.) She’s also been a podcast producer, and before that ran an ice cream shop. Kirsten starts July 18th.

Cassandra Giraldo is an associate producer. After graduating Skidmore, Cassandra entered the photojournalism & documentary program at the International Center of Photography and got a masters at Columbia J-School. Instagram named her to its 2015 list of Emerging Photojournalists. Cassandra started July 7th.

Jika Gonzalez is an associate producer on the climate team. Jika’s originally from Mexico City and is currently an adjunct assistant professor for photography and video at Columbia J-school. She has a Master’s from Columbia and a B.A. from The New School. Jika starts August 1st.

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