September 18, 2017 Last Updated 10:24 am

Matt Gross, most recently EIC of Panna, appointed Digital Director at Rodale’s Runner’s World

Also announced: Marissa Stephenson named Deputy Editor, responsible for providing editorial direction across Runner’s World’s; and Brian Dalek has been promoted to senior digital editor

The Rodale magazine Runner’s World announced several personnel changes, including the hiring of Matt Gross to be digital director, Marissa Stephenson named deputy edito, and Brian Dalek being promoted to senior digital editor.

Here are the announcements from Betty Wong Ortiz, Editor-in-Chief of Runner’s World:

  • In his new role as Digital Director, Matt Gross will oversee content across Runner’s World’s digital platforms, including, newsletters and social media channels. Most recently, he was freelance writing and working as the Editor-in-Chief of Panna, a video-recipe startup that hosts online classes from world-class chefs. He helped relaunch News Corp’s, and also previously served as the editor of  Before that, Gross spent time as the New York Times’ Frugal Traveler columnist, a contributing writer at Afar magazine, and has written for dozens of publications, including New York Magazine, Men’s Journal, Food & Wine, Saveur, and Bloomberg. His travel memoir, The Turk Who Loved Apples, was published in 2013.
  • As Deputy Editor, Marissa Stephenson will be responsible for providing editorial direction across Runner’s World’s platforms and acting as a liaison between digital and print, as well as executing content and brand strategy to build readership. Prior, Stephenson served as articles editor at American Media’s Men’s Journal, where she spent three and a half years building the brand’s fitness, health and nutrition coverage across print and digital, as well as editing feature packages, profiles, and investigative pieces. She has more than a decade of expertise in service journalism, having previously served as a fitness and health editor at both Self and Shape. Stephenson is also a certified personal trainer and kettlebell instructor.
  • With his promotion to senior digital editor, Brian Dalek will be responsible for helping grow Runner’s World’s audience and engagement across its digital platforms through dynamic content and new e-commerce opportunities. Dalek originally joined Rodale in 2011 on Men’s Health’s editorial team before joining Runner’s World as a digital editor.

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