Heather Timmons named first White House Correspondent at Atlantic Media’s Quartz
Also: Sarah Kessler joins Quartz in New York to cover the future of work, and Dan Kopf joins as a reporter, based in San Francisco
The Atlantic Media owned digital business news publication Quartz today announced two new hires, as well as naming the title’s first White House correspondent.
Heather Timmons, who has been the bureau chief for Asia, based in Hong Kong, will move to DC to handle the White House chores beginning in January. Sarah Kessler, previously with Fast Componay,joins Quartz in New York to cover the future of work; while Dan Kopf, previously a data journalist at Priceonomics, joins as a San Francisco based reporter.
Here is the staff announcement:
Hello Quartz –
I’m happy to announce two additions to our reporting staff, and an important trans-Pacific staffing move.
Sarah Kessler is joining Quartz in New York to cover the future of work, starting Dec. 1. She’ll focus on the tech-enabled restructuring of work, and look at work culture, tools, and management, as well as efforts to update the social safety net.
Sarah joins us from Fast Company, where she’s worked as a senior writer for print, and an editor and reporter for its website over the past four years. At Fast Co., she has documented YouTube fan culture at Vidcon, written on her search for the kingpin of Cuba’s underground internet, and spent a month as a micro-entrepreneur being pixeled and dimed in the gig economy. Sarah has also just turned in the manuscript for her first book, Gigged: The End of The Job and The Future of Work. Before that, Sarah worked at Mashable—she was employee #13—covering startups and internet culture. A graduate of Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. she will be part of the tech pod, though her coverage will also span economics and management. You can follow her @SarahFKessler.
Dan Kopf is joining Quartz as a reporter, based in San Francisco starting Nov. 28. Dan will focus principally on economics and markets coverage, drawing heavily on his data analysis skills to inform his stories.
Dan comes to us from Priceonomics, where he’s a data journalist reporting on topics as diverse as the rise of the one-word song title, to the relationship between race and municipal revenue from fines. Prior to turning to a career in journalism, Dan worked primarily as a data scientist, most recently at consultancy Savvy Sherpa, where he helped companies use data to create new products, and before that in India where he managed a large malaria field experiment. Dan also worked for several years with the think tank RAND on a variety of international health studies and spent a year in Vietnam as a Princeton in Asia fellow. Dan has a master’s in Economics from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree from New York University. In addition, Dan volunteers as a reentry officer at San Quentin prison and supports the work of the Prison Policy Initiative as their pro bono statistician. You can follow him @dkopf
Heather Timmons is moving from Hong Kong to our Washington DC bureau to be Quartz’s White House correspondent starting in January.
Heather will be the lead journalist on our coverage of the new US president, arriving at a moment when our readers globally will be looking for news and analysis on the business implications of the Trump presidency. Heather is remarkably well prepared for this important job, having covered finance, markets, and politics from London, New Delhi, New York, and Hong Kong, where she currently leads our bureau. Heather has tremendously more context than just about anyone for covering the critical global issues likely to emerge during this administration—such as the future of trade, labor, Wall Street, conflict and commerce in Asia, and China’s increasing rivalry to the US for world leadership. Heather joined Quartz in July 2013, and has led our coverage of news ranging from the Hong Kong umbrella protests to Chinese investment scams and western companies’ challenges in Asia.
Heather and I are currently meeting with candidates to succeed her in Hong Kong, and the pool of strong applicants for the position gives us confidence that we’ll find someone prepared to build on the momentum of our recently expanded Asia staff.
Please join me in congratulating Heather and welcoming Sarah and Dan.