Reuters hires Asia editor; new positions filled at Texas Observer, CoinDesk

Reuters has hired Philip McClellan, most recently the weekend editor for international coverage at The New York Times, as its top news editor in Asia. He has previously been deputy managing editor and chief editor for Asia for the International Herald Tribune and was also a weekend editor on the foreign desk for the San Jose Mercury News.

Michael Barajas, who has been editor of the San Antonio Current, is taking on the newly created position of civil rights reporter for the Texas Observer. The position will be funded partly by the Ford Foundation. And CoinDesk, the most prominent dedicated cryptocurrency news website, has hired Ash Bennington to serve as its first-ever markets lead reporter. An early contributor to CNBC’s NetNet news team, Bennington’s work has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor,, Business Insider and others.


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