August 16, 2017 Last Updated 3:47 pm

Government Exec. Media Group promotions: Frank Konkel to Nextgov Exec. Editor, Heather Kuldell to Managing Editor

Konkel joined Nextgov in 2014 and was most recently Senior Editor of Technology and Events, Kuldell promoted from News Editor

Washington, D.C. — August 16, 2017 — Frank Konkel was promoted to Nextgov Executive Editor, and Heather Kuldell to Managing Editor, it was announced today by Government Executive Media Group Executive Vice President and Editor in Chief Tom Shoop.

Frank Konkel “In Frank and Heather, we’re putting Nextgov in the hands of two people who know the publication inside and out, have unfailingly represented our values and have demonstrated consistent leadership ability,” Shoop wrote in his internal announcement to Government Executive Media Group today. “They will work together to lead the next stage in Nextgov’s evolution. As the publication celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, we are more committed than ever to its mission of leading the national discussion about how information technology innovation is transforming the way government agencies serve citizens and perform vital functions.”

In his new role, Konkel will set Nextgov’s overarching editorial direction, overseeing an award-winning group of journalists and collaborating with the digital team to continuously improve the publication’s user experience. Kuldell will manage the day-to-day operations of the newsroom.

Konkel joined Nextgov in 2014 and was most recently Senior Editor of Technology and Events. Kuldell is being promoted from News Editor, a position she’s held since July 2016.

Heather KuldellKonkel and Nextgov’s Mohana Ravindranath earned a 2016 Jesse H. Neal Award for Best News Coverage for their reporting on the financial turmoil at 18F, the Obama administration’s tech consulting team. In February 2016, Nextgov also launched its Tech and Tequila event series, happy-hour themed conversations centering around the latest news and trends in government technology.

Nextgov is Washington’s leading resource on the federal technology community, including IT modernization, cloud computing, cybersecurity, and emerging technology across the government spectrum. It has upwards of 300,000 unique engagers per month and its newsletters have more than 130,000 federal technology influencers subscribed.

Shoop’s full announcement to staff follows:


I’m very pleased to announce a new leadership structure for Nextgov that elevates two highly talented people from within our own ranks.

Frank Konkel will become the new executive editor of Nextgov, setting the overall direction for the publication, overseeing the reporting staff to shape coverage, and working with the digital team on upgrades and innovations.

In his three years with us, Frank has reported and written hundreds of stories for Nextgov, from breaking news items to enterprise features. His work on the intelligence community’s shift to cloud computing and on finance issues at one of government’s cutting-edge IT units has been especially noteworthy. At the same time, as senior editor for technology and events, Frank has helped the events team develop innovative programs and recruit top-notch speakers. He has frequently served as the public face of Nextgov at these gatherings.

In addition to Frank’s promotion, Heather Kuldell is being elevated from news editor to managing editor of Nextgov. When Heather joined us last year, she made an immediate impact on our operations, and her influence has only grown. She is a savvy and smart editor, a highly skilled and efficient manager, and a very knowledgeable observer of the federal IT scene. Heather is more than ready to take on a prominent role in managing Nextgov’s day-to-day operations.

>In Frank and Heather, we’re putting Nextgov in the hands of two people who know the publication inside and out, have unfailingly represented our values and have demonstrated consistent leadership ability. They will work together to lead the next stage in Nextgov’s evolution. As the publication celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, we are more committed than ever to its mission of leading the national discussion about how information technology innovation is transforming the way government agencies serve citizens and perform vital functions.

I couldn’t be happier that Frank and Heather have agreed to take on their new roles. Please join me in congratulating them.

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