Career Beat: Molly Wood will be a host and reporter at Marketplace

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Molly Wood will be a host and reporter at Marketplace. Previously, she was deputy technology editor at The New York Times. (Email)
  • Felicia Sonmez will edit the China Real Time blog for The Wall Street Journal. She is a China correspondent for Agence France-Presse. (@feliciasonmez)
  • Daniel Wagner will join BuzzFeed News’ investigative team. He is an investigative reporter at the Center for Public Integrity. (@wagnerreports)
  • Lizette Carbajal is now vice president of community relations at KVEA in Los Angeles. Previously, she was manager of community education and outreach at Southern California Gas Company. (Media Moves)
  • Jay Yarow has been named executive editor at Business Insider. Previously, he was a deputy editor there.
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Career beat: Ellis Jones named editor-in-chief at Vice Magazine

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Ellis Jones is now editor-in-chief of Vice Magazine. Previously, she was executive editor there. (Politico)
  • Jim Murphy is now vice president of morning programming at CNN. Previously, he was senior executive producer for “Early Start and “New Day.” (The Wrap)
  • David Gura will be a reporter at Bloomberg TV. He is a senior reporter and substitute host for “Marketplace.” (Poynter)
  • Dan Wakeford will be deputy editor at People. Previously, he was a consultant. (

Job of the day: The San Antonio Express-News is looking for an investigative reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism jobs)

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Marketplace, KQED explain how fabricated commentary got on the air

KQED, a public radio station based in San Francisco, has for 13 years been publishing first person commentaries under the Perspectives banner. The NPR member station airs roughly 250 Perspectives a year, and KQED communications director Scott Walton said this week marks the first time they’ve ever had to retract one.

As detailed in my previous post, a Perspectives commentary that aired on KQED January 11 — and subsequently was re-aired by American Public Media’s Marketplace on Monday — turned out to have included fraudulent claims. The man in question, Leo Webb, said he was a former Army sniper with 17 kills, and a former minor league pitcher to boot. Neither KQED nor Marketplace were able to confirm those details after suspicion was raised by comments on both of their sites and by at least two blogs. Read more


‘Marketplace’ retracts commentary from man who claimed to be an Army sniper, baseball player

American Public Media’s “Marketplace” program has retracted a commentary it aired this week from a man who’s been camping out at Occupy Oakland and claimed to be an ex-Army sniper.

Leo Webb’s commentary, “Returning veteran has few marketable skills,” said he had 17 confirmed kills in Iraq and was once a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs Double A club. (The post was tagged with the phrase “My Life Is True.”) Neither his Army service nor his claim about the Cubs was true. Here’s the editor’s note now posted to the site:

Editor’s Note: A commentary by Leo Webb, ”Returning veteran has few marketable skills,” prompted questions from listeners about Webb’s account of his service as an Army sniper in Iraq. A subsequent investigation found that the Army has no record of Webb.

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