Denise Chow (AAJA-New York) recently started a new position as the science and tech editor for NBC News MACH where she'll work to expand the vertical's coverage of science, innovation and technology. She was previously the assistant managing editor at LiveScience.com. Follow Denise on Twitter at @denisechow.
Ted Kim (AAJA-New York) has been named director of the Newsroom Fellowship and Internship Program at The New York Times. In this position, he will oversee the summer internship program and help overhaul the 8i program, which hires young reporters on a probationary basis with potential for permanent employment. He has been a key member of The Times' Digital Transition Team, helping create best practices for emerging story forms. Prior to joining The Times, Ted was a mobile editor at The Washington Post and reported for The Dallas Morning News, USA Today and The Indianapolis Star. He previously served on the AAJA governing board as national secretary. Follow Ted on Twitter at @TheoTypes.
Scott Pham (AAJA-San Francisco Bay Area) is starting a new position at BuzzFeed News' New York City offices as a data reporter on the investigations team. Most recently he was a news applications developer at Reveal/The Center for Investigative Reporting. At the Center, he built an interactive story about wildfires that won the Philip Meyer Award for data journalism. His interactive work on a story about early Trump supporters helped win the AAJA Al Neuharth Award for Innovation in Investigative Journalism. Before becoming a data journalist, Scott worked in public radio as a producer and digital journalist. He currently serves as an AAJA VOICES mentor. Follow Scott on Twitter at @scottpham.
Virgil L. Smith (AAJA-Atlanta) has been appointed to 21st Century Fox's Workplace Professionalism and Inclusion Council, an independent committee advising Fox News in its ongoing efforts to strengthen recruitment and advancement of women and minorities and ensure a proper workplace environment for all. He previously served as the Chief Diversity Officer for the Gannett Company, President and Publisher of The Asheville Citizen-Times and currently serves as a consultant for AAJA's Executive Leadership Program. Virgil holds a PhD from the University of North Carolina, Asheville and serves on the journalism leadership advisory boards of Florida International University, University of North Texas and Morgan State University. Follow Virgil on Twitter at @VirgilLamar.
Maya Sugarman (AAJA-Los Angeles) will be joining The Washington Post as video editor of The Lily, a new publication for millennial women. In this position, she will shoot and edit The Lily's social video, lead their video strategy and will be working on The Post’s Emerging News Products team. Previously, Maya was a visual journalist at KPCC, a national public radio affiliate in Los Angeles. She currently co-directs AAJA’s VOICES program and was a VOICES student in 2011. Follow Maya on Twitter at @mayasugarman.
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