Sent on behalf of Managing Editor Sara Yasin, Deputy Managing Editor Shelby Grad and Assistant Managing Editor for Audience Samantha Melbourneweaver:
We are excited to announce Kelcie Pegher’s new role as director of platforms.
With her expanded duties, Pegher will unite programming of all our platforms, from home screens to social media, under one unit. This will include alerts, social video and our partnerships with aggregators and other media entities. The goal is to develop centralized, streamlined workflows that both foster more creativity in how we present our content and build new best practices that align with major changes we are seeing in the industry.
Pegher will oversee three distinct disciplines and be the leader of our platform operations both in handling breaking news and in coming up with the best ways to show off our signature work.
More about the staffers working with platforms:
Georgia Geen joined the audience team as a multiplatform editor working on our news aggregator partnerships in 2022. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, she helps to manage the day-to-day coordination, push alerts and optimization of Times journalism on news aggregator platforms. In the last year, Geen has implemented a strategy for Reddit that has elevated our presence and given us new ways to use the platform. Her keen eye to find the right story on the right platform will be critical as we evolve.
Eduardo Gonzalez has been a web producer and writer at the Los Angeles Times since 2014. He was hired to start up High School Insider as a producer and copy editor. Gonzalez joined the Sports department shortly after to help with web production. He hails from Arizona and is a graduate of USC, Georgetown University and the University of Florida.
Thomas Suh Lauder will continue his work as an assistant editor. A graduate of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Lauder has been with the Los Angeles Times since 2000, specializing in informational graphics, data journalism and digital mapping. His passion for creating systems will be critical as we find better ways to combine our presence and elevate and display our journalism.
Jevon Phillips joined the Los Angeles Times in 2004 as the evening producer on the website’s homepage and in sports. He made the transition to entertainment five years later and helped maintain its online section. Readers may know his byline from a number of stories on anything from comic books to hip-hop dance to TV fairy tales. He has his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from USC.
And those helping on social video:
Albert Brave Tiger Lee is a Southern California native, son of Korean immigrants, a father and a staff video journalist at the Los Angeles Times, which he joined in 1999. His work spans various mediums of visual storytelling and has been recognized for various disciplines including a national Emmy Award for News and Documentary, an RFK Journalism Award, Pictures of the Year International honors, the National Press Photographers Assn.’s Best of Photojournalism Award and Columbia University’s Dart Award. He is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton.
Diego Medrano is a video editor and has been with the Los Angeles Times since 2018. He has written and shot photos for the Calendar and Saturday sections. Medrano graduated with a bachelor’s in English and communications with an emphasis on radio, TV and film from Cal State Fullerton.
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