Editor-in-Chief of the Wall Street Journal Karen Miller Pensiero on Thursday sent out the following:
As we continue to build experience and resources to hire and develop journalists with in-depth knowledge and abilities, diverse experiences and diverse experiences, we are pleased to announce that we have enriched our team of talent editors.
Erin Aylworth, Michelle Higgins, Emil Landoff and Jared Diamond join Aisha Al-Muslim, Joe McGinti and Steve Wisnef in a team of talent who will set and fulfill ambitious goals for hiring, productivity, conservation and diversity. We look forward to receiving your feedback as we launch new hiring and career initiatives. Four new team members will report to Steve.
Erin joined the Talent Team a few weeks ago and will work with groups in the US, World, Washington and Speed & Trending. She joins the publishing house and was previously a reporter for US News, where she wrote a wide range of stories, including coverage of natural disasters. Erin joined the magazine in 2014 as an energy reporter at the Houston Bureau. Prior to the magazine, she worked for the Boston Globe and Orlando Sentinel. Erin was an intern at the Dow Jones News Fund, graduated from the Northwestern University’s Medil School and is a longtime member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, where she served on the National Council for four years.
Michelle this week joins the team and will work with groups in finance, business, health and science, professional and investigation. It’s a return home for Michelle, who returns to the magazine’s editorial office, where she began her career as an intern in 1998 and then was a reporter for six years. In addition to two decades of reporting experience, Michelle has experience as an educator and career coach. Most recently, she was Director of Career Services at Craig Newmark’s Graduate School of Journalism CUNY, where she developed partnerships with editorial editors while supporting novice journalists with diverse economic, racial, and cultural backgrounds for their career goals. Michelle was previously also a full-time reporter and columnist for the New York Times and graduated from George Washington University.
Emil join next week and focus on the groups “Video and Audio”, “Visuals” and “Live Journalism”. Most recently, he was editor-in-chief of photography in the field of finance and was a member of the WSJ Trust Fellow, focused on photo narrative. For the past three years, he has helped expand and enhance the magazine’s visual narrative in key areas of financial coverage, making collaboration between visual and reporting groups a central part of story development. Emil has experience in artistic and graphic design, and previously worked as a photo editor at the New York Post and Daily Beast. In your free time you can find it by watching the latest Marvel movies or browsing comic book stores.
Jared joins the team in mid-June and will work with the teams Features, Life & Work, Publishing, Platforms, Print and New Formats. Jared joined the magazine as a reportage assistant on the sports team in 2011 and has been the national author of the baseball magazine since 2017. He previously covered the Mets and Yankees in Greater New York. Jared also teaches sports journalism at Manhattan College. A graduate of Syracuse University, Jared lives with his wife and twins in Jersey City.
Please join us in congratulating Erin, Michelle, Emile and Jared on their interesting and important assignments.