A wedding and a baby cap a year of professional changes

Hector Becerra/@hbecerraLATimes (Summer 1997) has been promoted from assistant metro editor to city editor for the Los Angeles Times. “It would not be an exaggeration to call Hector an L.A. Times legend,” Assistant Managing Editor Shelby Grad wrote in announcing the move. “He’s spent his entire career here, chronicling the city with the heart of an insider and the skepticism of an outsider.”

New Jobs:
Kristen Go/@kristenrgo (Summer 1996 and 1997) is director of special projects for the investigative reporting program at the University of California Berkeley School of Journalism. Previously she was editorial director at Common Sense Media.

Katie Nelson/@katienelson (Summer 2001) is executive producer at ABC News Content. According to Deadline, “She will lead editorial coverage for distribution across the news operation’s sites, apps, social media, streaming services and emerging platforms.” Previously she was news director at HuffPost.

Vanessa Casavant/@vancasavant (Spring 2006) is a content strategist at Facebook. Previously she was a senior digital content strategist for Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Joe Ruiz/@joeruiz (Summer 2006) is senior weekend editor for CNNPolitics based in Washington, D.C. Previously he was weekend editor, digital news, for NPR.

Shauntel Lowe/@shauntellowe (Summer 2008) is a senior staff editor on the sports desk of The New York Times. Previously she was senior deputy editor of special projects for Bleacher Report.

Hanaa’ Tameez/@HTameez (Summer 2015) is a diversity reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in Texas. She graduated in December from the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism with a master’s degree in bilingual journalism.

Aneri Pattani/@aneripattani (Summer 2017) is assistant producer on the health desk at WNYC, New York City’s National Public Radio station. She is a recent graduate of Northeastern University.

Leadership Academy:
Three Chipsters were selected for The Poynter Institute and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)’s 2017 class of the Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media. Participants spent Dec. 3-8 at The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. They are: Jocelina Joiner/@jocelinajoiner (Summer 1991), manager, news and content, Lakana; Shauntel Lowe/@shauntellowe (Summer 2008), senior staff editor, sports, The New York Times; and Juana Summers/@jmsummers (Summer 2009), senior writer, CNN Politics.

Elida Perez/@ElidaSPerezEPT (Summer 2008) and James Barragán/@James_Barragan (Summer 2013) are two of five journalists chosen for this year’s Reveal investigative fellowship. Perez is a city council reporter for the El Paso Times in Texas and Barragán is an Austin-based state government reporter for The Dallas Morning News.

Marie De Jesus/@MarieDennise (Summer 2010) participated last fall in Adelante, the Latin American Reporting Initiative Fellowship Program of the International Women’s Media Foundation. According to the website, the reporting fellowship in El Salvador and Guatemala focused on “a wide range of themes including democracy and governance, immigration, agricultural development, economic opportunity, women’s rights and development, and conservation.” De Jesus is a photographer for the Houston Chronicle.

Fatima Bhojani/@bhojaniF (Summer 2017) has a nine-month fellowship with the Center for Public Integrity, covering environmental and workers’ rights. Previously she was a summer intern for Thomson Reuters in Washington, D.C.

Aneri Pattani/@aneripattani (Summer 2017) has an eight-month fellowship with The Open Notebook, an organization that helps science journalists improve their craft. Beginning in February, she will write science-related feature stories while continuing to work in her current position as assistant producer with the health team at WNYC radio in New York City.

Three Chipsters are on the list of the California Chicano News Media Association’s most influential Latina journalists in Los Angeles. They are Annette Arreola/@AnnetteNBCLA (Spring 2004), reporter, KNBC; Cindy Carcamo/@theCindyCarcamo (Summer 1999), reporter, Los Angeles Times; and Nicole Santa Cruz/@nicolesantacruz (Spring 2009), reporter, Los Angeles Times.

Carolyn Chin/@CarolynChin (Summer 2009) received Wayne State University’s Journalism Alumni of the Year award in October. Chin is creative director for Hour Detroit.

Aaron Edwards/@aaronmedwards (Summer 2011) was cited in Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30: 2018 Media.” Edwards is special projects editor for The Outline in New York City.

J. Gabriel Ware/@JGabinator (2017) has been selected to participate in The New York Times Student Journalism Institute in New York City in May. He is a graduate student at Western Michigan University.

Jordan Gass-Poore’/@jgasspoore (Summer 2014) has moved to London to earn her master’s degree in investigative journalism from City, University of London.

Other news:
Kailey Fisicaro/@kaileyfisicaro (Spring 2015) is a creative services writer in Bend, Ore., with G5, a digital marketing firm for real estate companies. Previously she was the education reporter for The Bulletin in Bend.

Keila Vizcarra/@KeilaViz_ (Summer 2016) is a public affairs fellow for the U.S. Forest Service. She is a recent graduate of California State University, Northridge.

Juana Summers/@jmsummers (Summer 2009) married David Markland on Oct. 13 in Baltimore. She writes, “David and I were married…in a private ceremony in Baltimore and celebrated later that evening with David’s daughters Maeve (11) and Nola (8) as well as close family and friends, including at least one fellow Chipster. We met online in 2014 when he was living in Baltimore and I still lived D.C. and quickly bonded over a love for craft beer and nerd culture. We got engaged in 2016 and are excited to finally been able to make our little family official.” Summers is a senior writer for CNN Politics.

Bethonie Butler/@bethoniebutler (Summer 2006) and her partner Walter Sloane Jr. welcomed their first child, Lola Noor Butler, on Dec. 29. “She has a full head of hair, tons of personality and is such a blessing to her family,” writes Butler, who covers television and pop culture for The Washington Post.

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