The Daily Dot introduce their six new full-time editorial staffers
Jessica Muchado, previously an associate editor at Rolling Stone, joins as Lifestyle Editor; Lauren Walker, previously with Newsweek, joins as Senior Politics Reporter
NEW YORK, NY – April 20, 2016 – The Daily Dot, the definitive source for original reporting on Web culture and life online, announced today the addition of six full-time editorial staffers. With offices in New York and Austin, the Daily Dot also operates a virtual newsroom with staff located throughout the country. The online publication, which launched in 2011, continues to grow and expand upon its editorial coverage with the hiring of a dozen staffers in the new year, demonstrating a commitment to providing original reporting on the intersection of Internet culture with lifestyle, politics, and tech.
The Daily Dot will welcome the following to the editorial team:
Jessica Muchado, Lifestyle Editor
Prior to joining the Daily Dot, Muchado served as an associate editor at Rolling Stone. Since kicking off her journalism career over a decade ago at the Oregonian, her work has been featured in an array of notable publications, including Elle, Vice, BuzzFeed, Broadly, xoJane, New York Magazine’s the Cut, and the Awl, among others. In her new post, Muchado will expand upon the Daily Dot’s Lifestyle section to include more diverse voices and stories on LGBT, sex, and body positivity. Highlighting a broader spectrum of identity politics, the section will explore where and how they intersect with online life through features and essays that dig deep into the nuances of gender, race, religion, and sex. Muchado is based in New York.
Lauren Walker, Senior Politics Reporter
Lauren Walker joins the Daily Dot from Newsweek, where she served as a staff writer covering technology, national security, and foreign affairs. At Newsweek, Walker wrote breaking news articles and daily features for the website and print edition. Walker’s previous experience also includes Al Jazeera, where she produced the award-winning daily news show, The Stream, with duties that included research, writing scripts, booking guests, and video editing. Walker is based in New York.
April Siese, Weekend Editor
Following her world travels as part of Remote Year’s inaugural class, April Siese joins the Daily Dot as weekend editor. A longtime contributor to the Daily Dot’s LOL and Geek sections, her work has also appeared in Uproxx, Bustle, Death and Taxes, and the Daily Beast. Siese is based in New Orleans.
Katey Psencik, Assistant Social Media Editor
A self-described Snapchat fanatic, Katey Psencik most recently served as a digital media associate at KLRU-TV, the PBS affiliate in Austin, Texas. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin’s esteemed journalism program, Psencik was previously senior digital content producer at KVUE-TV, the ABC affiliate in Austin, in addition to editor of The Horn. In her new post as social media editor, Psencik will be responsible for the growth and expansion of the Daily Dot’s social channels and media presence. Psencik is based in Austin.
Jaya Saxena, Lifestyle Staff Writer
A longtime contributor to the Daily Dot recognized for her ability to weave a strong narrative around a personal experience, Jaya Saxena officially joins the Daily Dot team May 2. Saxena’s journalism experience includes a post as staff writer at the Toast and an associate editor at Gothamist. Her byline has appeared on the New Yorker, Mic, the Hairpin, Eater, Racked, and BuzzFeed. She’s also the author of the forthcoming The Book Of Lost Recipes (Page Street Publishing, June 2016) and Dad Magazine: The Book. Saxena is based in New York.
Colette Bennett, Senior Geek Writer
Colette Bennett brings over a decade of journalism experience to the Daily Dot. She honed her skills at CNN and HLN, as well as sites that include Kotaku, Destructoid, and Tomopop. An expert chronicler of geek culture long before the days of Tumblr, Bennett is fluent in Kpop and GIFs, knows a little too much about Japan, and replays The Legend of Zelda annually. In her new post, Bennett aims to make the Daily Dot’s geek coverage the most well-curated and well-written on the Web. Bennett is based in Atlanta.