Press Release: Forbes Expands Editorial Team Worldwide
NEW YORK – Jan. 30, 2019 – Forbes Chief Content Officer Randall Lane today announced several significant editorial hires worldwide as part of Forbes’ push to enhance breaking- and trending-news coverage in the U.S. and in Europe, deliver deeper coverage of the world’s most-important technology companies, and shine a brighter spotlight on important issues involving diversity-and-inclusion across industries.
The five appointments include: Kerry Lauerman, a former Executive Editor at Mic.com, who will serve as Executive Editor of News, based in New York; Dawn Chmielewski, a veteran of Recode, Deadline Hollywood and The Los Angeles Times, who will serve as Senior Editor of Technology, Media and Entertainment, based in Los Angeles; Jillian D’Onfro, formerly of CNBC, will be a Staff Writer for Technology, based in San Francisco; Ruth Umoh, also a CNBC veteran, who will cover Diversity & Inclusion out of New York, and Iain Martin, a former editor at Storyful, who will serve as European News Editor, based in London.
Additionally, Lane noted that Forbes has several more openings for experienced reporters covering a variety of beats – including social media, consumer packaged goods and entertainment – in Forbes’ New York, San Francisco and London bureaus.
“We are producing the best journalism in our brand’s history and telling the rich, engaging stories that matter most to our worldwide audience of entrepreneurs, game-changers and decision-makers,” Lane said. “Our slate of new award-winning journalists will help us look more deeply in real-time at the people, the companies and the pressing social issues that continue to rapidly shape and redefine our global economy.”
In New York, Executive Editor of News Lauerman will oversee and direct day-to-day and breaking news coverage for Forbes across its platforms. Lauerman comes to Forbes from Mic, where he established the brand’s Millennial- and Gen Z-focused editorial strategy and led the newsroom to several journalism awards, including an Edward R. Murrow Award and an NLGJA and Headliner award, among others. Prior to Mic, Lauerman served as National Projects Editor for The Washington Post and served as a Senior Editor on the newspaper’s Innovations Team, where he helped build a new suite of mobile apps that established The Post as a national publication. Lauerman will report to Lane.
In California, Chmielewski and D’Onfro will report to Laura Mandaro, who joined Forbes in October 2018 and oversees tech and innovation coverage worldwide. Mandaro is building out a team of journalists who are committed to covering the new companies and industries that are redefining the economy in Silicon Valley and beyond. “We are rapidly expanding our coverage of the most-important tech companies and stories with the hiring of Dawn and Jill, two experienced and instantly recognizable reporters,” she said. “They have proven track records of breaking corporate news. In the coming months, we’ll be bringing on more talent to chronicle innovation in Silicon Valley and around the world.”
In her new role as Senior Editor of Technology, Chmielewski will cover the companies and people behind the biggest disruption in entertainment since cable TV: streaming video. Chmielewski will look at the pioneers driving this change, including Amazon, Netflix and Hulu, as well as the legacy media- and telecom companies rapidly transforming themselves, such at AT&T and Disney. Throughout her career, Chmielewski has earned numerous awards and accolades, including Los Angeles Press Club and Southern California Journalism awards for her Recode coverage of the state-sponsored cyber-attack on Sony Pictures.
As Staff Writer, D’Onfro, a well-sourced Google reporter formerly at CNBC, will continue to report on Google while also examining artificial intelligence, whose emergence is reshaping the workplace in every industry, from automotive to healthcare, manufacturing to service. In her time at CNBC, D’Onfro authored several high-profile stories about Google, including reports on Maps and the company’s cloud business. In her previous roles, she also chronicled Silicon Valley culture.
As important to the growth of the economy are the conversations around diversity and inclusion. In her new role as Staff Writer, Diversity & Inclusion, Umoh will examine various aspects of D&I in business and society at large. Umoh comes to Forbes from CNBC, where she covered leadership and strategic management. In addition to appointing Umoh as its first D&I reporter, Forbes recently named longtime staff writer Maggie McGrath as Editor of ForbesWomen, the mission of which is to help women take their next steps forward.
Across the Atlantic, Martin will lead day-to-day news coverage in Europe and the continued expansion of Forbes’ contributor network there. Martin comes from Storyful, where he served as Asia Editor in charge of the Hong Kong bureau, heading up a team of expert journalists who were responsible for identifying breaking stories before they trended. He will report to Europe Editor Alex Wood, who said, “Iain will work closely with the team in New York and help grow Forbes into Europe’s leading business news brand.”
The expansion in Forbes’ bureaus in the U.S. and in the U.K. comes as the brand continues to deliver innovative new offerings, including the Daily Cover Story, an interactive and engaging feature that looks at the companies and people redefining industries. Additionally, Forbes was recently named one of the country’s most-trusted news organizations: In a Simmons Research poll of more than 2,000 adults nationwide, Forbes ranked in close company with The Wall Street Journal, ABC News, CBS News and the BBC, and well ahead of Reuters, Bloomberg and The Economist, among many others.