Russell named Commercial Appeal executive editor; Center for Public Integrity adds political reporters
Mark Russell has been named executive editor of The Commercial Appeal, becoming the first African-American to lead the 176-year-old Memphis newspaper. He joined the paper in 2013 as managing editor after serving as managing editor and executive editor of The Orlando (Florida) Sentinel. He previously held editing positions at The Boston Globe and The Plain Dealer (Cleveland).
The Center for Public Integrity has hired three political reporters “to bolster its investigations into the Trump administration, big-money politics and secretive political influence efforts.” Sarah Kleiner, who has been the enterprise editor for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, joins the Center this month. She previously worked as a reporter for The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, The Abilene (Texas) Reporter-News and The Midland (Texas) Reporter-Telegram.
Ashley Balcerzak, a money-in-politics reporter for the Center for Responsive Politics who has been at OpenSecrets.org since last year, rejoins the Center this month. She was a reporting fellow for the Center’s state politics reporting team from 2015 to 2016. Her work has also appeared in The Atlantic, Slate, TIME, The Daily Beast and The Huffington Post.
And finally, Lateshia Beachum, who has been with the Center since 2016, has moved to the federal politics reporting team as a full-time reporter focusing on federal politics and government. She has previously worked for The Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.), Forbes magazine and The Washington Post.