Peter Bhatia (AAJA-Michigan) has recently been named editor of the Detroit Free Press. Previously, he was the editor of the Cincinnati Enquirer and served as a regional editor for the USA Today Network's Ohio region. Prior to joining the Enquirer, Peter was the director of the Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State’s Cronkite School of Journalism. He was inducted into the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) Hall of Fame in 2007 and received AAJA's Pioneer in Journalism Award in 2004. He has also helped lead newsrooms that won nine Pulitzer Prizes, including six during his time at The Oregonian in Portland. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterbhatia.
Kanak Jha (AAJA-New York) recently started a position with CNBC as a news associate for the Closing Bell. Previously, Kanak interned with both the Reuters Video and Reuters TV teams in New York City. She field produced a variety of stories from political to entertainment, managed story intake and edited video content for the Reuters TV app. She also worked on a featured business series called Generation Maker. Kanak graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism and a minor in marketing from Arizona State University. She completed an internship with CBS Evening News in New York, worked part time for the university's storytelling platform, ASU Now, and served as a broadcast business reporter for Cronkite News. Follow Kanak on Twitter at @kanak_jha.
Celeste Katz (AAJA-New York) is joining Newsweek as a senior political writer. She is based in New York, where she also serves as a host for Sirius XM radio. Prior to joining Newsweek, Celeste covered politics for Mic, where she co-hosted the company's flagship podcast, "Special Relationship," in conjunction with The Economist. Poynter Institute readers selected "Special Relationship" as among the best political journalism of the 2016 presidential cycle. She previously worked as a reporter and columnist for the New York Daily News and the Providence Journal. Follow Celeste on Twitter at @CelesteKatzNYC.
Benjamin Pu (AAJA-New York) was recently promoted to an associate producer for Meet the Press Daily on MSNBC. In this position, he will now be working in tape, cutting b-roll and piloting digital originals for Meet the Press brand's social media channels. Previously, he produced graphics for the show as a production assistant. Ben is hoping to create a new AAJA affinity group called Yung AAJA by the end of this year. The group currently has an active Facebook group where members make connections and share tips, tricks and job postings to help them get a good start with their careers. Join Yung AAJA on Facebook and follow Ben on Twitter at @benjamin_pu.