Less than two months after stepping into an expanded role overseeing all of Vice News, Josh Tyrangiel's team just got a whole lot bigger.
Twenty-six new staffers, primarily producers and reporters, have joined Vice Media's news division — a wave of hires that appears to encompass both digital media and the brand's weekly and soon-to-launch daily news programs on HBO.
"We’ve got a boatload of new people to announce, but please don’t let the volume overwhelm our enthusiasm for them as individuals," wrote Tyrangiel in a staff memo this morning. "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."
Many of the hires likely come as replacements for the 15–20 editors laid off from Vice News teams in London, New York, and Los Angeles in May.
Among those joining the company is Alex Thompson, a New York Times editorial assistant to Maureen Dowd, who will serve as politics and policy editor. BuzzFeed White House reporter Evan McMorris-Santoro joins Vice News in a similar capacity. HuffPo Live correspondent Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani will serve as a national correspondent. Al Jazeera's Sebastian Walker will be an international correspondent and Middle East bureau chief, and Kirsten Frisina arrives from The Verge as deputy social editor.
Additionally, Kathleen Caulderwood (from IBT), Adam Desiderio (ABC), Darren Foster and Evan Groll (Al Jazeera America), Oliver Noble (The Huffington Post), Sarah Burke and Amanda Pisetzner (NBC), Stacey Sommer (MTV), and independent documentary filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz have all joined as producers in varying capacities.
The full staff memo, obtained by Adweek, is worth a read.