The new Newsweek staffs up
With less than a day to go before Barry Diller's IAC passes the baton to Newsweek's new owner, IBT Media, word is beginning to leak out about the first new recruits at the legendary newsmagazine turned digital publication.
Newsweek's new international editor, Capital has learned, is Nicholas Wapshott, a veteran British journalist who's held top positions at The Times of London in addition to a role as a contributing columnist at Reuters.
Additionally, Newsweek has dipped into DNAinfo's talent pool, poaching reporter Victoria Bekiempis from the neighborhood news venture as a senior writer.
"She has been a tremendous reporter for us – her work and her energy will be greatly missed," DNAinfo managing editor Mike Ventura wrote in a parting memo obtained by Capital.
Newsweek, which was sold in August to IBT Media, publisher of The International Business Times, is staffing up under its newly appointed editor-in-chief, Jim Impoco, formerly of Reuters, The New York Times and Conde Nast Portfolio. The full ownership transition is scheduled to be completed by tomorrow. The final edition under IAC's tumultous stewardship was published Friday, including a farewell essay from longtime Newsweek writer Eleanor Clift.
The latest hires come amid concerns over IBT's employment terms, which were brought to light by the union that represents several Newsweek employees who were offered positions within the new company.
UPDATES: Newsweek has picked up Alexander Nazaryan as well, a source confirms. Nazaryan joins Impoco's growing team from The Atlantic Wire, where he's served as culture editor since July after being laid off by the Daily News. In his new role, Nazaryan will cover culture and science.
Other sources confirm that Karla Zabludovsky, a Mexico reporter for The New York Times, has been hired as Newsweek's Latin America correspondent. And we're told Impoco has hired a managing editor, too, though we're still waiting for confirmation on who that is.