March 31, 2017 Last Updated 9:59 am

NBC News Digital new hires; Erich Wagner joins Government Executive as Staff Correspondent

Living Media promotes Erica Carter to CEO and joins the board, while Richard Just has been named the new editor of The Washington Post Magazine

There were a number of new hires announced this week that deserve mention as the week is ending.

Ashley Parrish, NBC News Digital executive editor for TODAY and Lifestyle, and Catherine Kim, NBC News Digital executive editor for News and Politics, announced the hiring of Paul Cheung (below, left) as Director of Visual Journalism, and Jim Rainey (below, middle) as a Reporter based in Los Angeles.

Cheung joins NBC News Digital from the Associated Press where he was head of Interactives and Digital News Production. He is a 2016 graduate of the Punch Sulzberger Executive Leadership program at Columbia University.

Rainey joins NBC News Digital from Variety where he was a senior film reporter.

NBC also announced that Saphora Smith joins the London team as a Reporter. Smith worked previously for the Evening Standard, and before that The Telegraph. Petra Cahill returns to NBC News Digital on April 17, this time as morning newsletter writer, now based in London. He previously was an editor focused on developing original digital content from NBC News international and domestic correspondents and producers.


Atlantic Media today announced that Erich Wagner (above, right) will join the staff of Government Executive next week.

Wagner most recently editor of The Alexandria Times, “where he covered the local impact of the federal hiring freeze and how the election has affected immigrants in Northern Virginia,” Deputy Editor Katherine McIntire Peters said in her welcoming memo.


Livingly Media, the San Francisco-based women’s lifestyle digital publisher, announced that its Board of Directors has named Erica Carter as Chief Executive Officer and appointed her to its Board. Carter has served as Livingly Media’s SVP and General Manager since 2015, having joined the company in 2013 as Head of Finance.

“I’m delighted to announce Erica’s well-deserved promotion. She has been a strong leader for the Livingly Media team throughout her tenure and I have complete confidence that her leadership will continue Livingly’s innovation and growth. I’m pleased to see a skilled woman take an executive position in tech,” said Marie-Laure Sauty de Chalon, Chairman of the Board.


Richard Just has been named the new editor of The Washington Post Magazine.

Just has previously held editing positions at The New Republic and National Journal magazines. He is a graduate of Princeton University, and is the founder of the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program, a 10-day journalism and college admissions program for low-income high school students that he still runs every summer as executive director.

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