We’re delighted to announce that Joel Petterson, currently a Home team deputy, will be joining the London hub of Express as a senior editor, filling a key vacancy and helping to expand our weekend and overnight news operation overseas.
Joel will be part of the Express global management team, working as Erin’s right hand helping to lead a team that has become crucial for setting up the morning for the U.S. team while assisting with live, breaking and trending news across the newsroom.
Joel’s a perfect fit for what we do. He’s calm under pressure, and a fast, nimble word editor with excellent news judgment and good digital instincts. He’s also a capable manager of reporters working on incredibly tight deadlines from his days on Sports.
His first stint at The Times was as a summer copy editing intern while he was an undergraduate at the University of Kansas in 2011. He spent a couple of years at The Seattle Times before returning here as a copy editor, spending time on Business, International, National, Sports and other desks. In 2016, he was promoted to Sports night editor.
“I edited too many Yankees and Mets gamers to count,” he said, “and in 2019 I became the baseball editor, editing even more Yankees and Mets stories — as well as several about the Houston Astros’ cheating scandal. I was also allowed to leave my desk to write the occasional Major League Soccer Cup gamer during the baseball offseason.”
In 2020, Joel became the weekend home page editor, working his first full shift on the hectic day that Joe Biden was declared the winner of the presidential election. In that role, he became a key player on the weekend news desk, working closely with Phil Pan and Ian Trontz, sorting A1 stories and juggling briefings for the coronavirus and Ukraine war. In March 2023, he went to London on a temporary assignment.
“Joel has been an integral member of the Home team since he joined,” Karron Skog, assistant managing editor, said. “He’s a thoughtful editor who has been a go-to not only in breaking news but also for stretch assignments. His even-tempered nature and sense of humor make him a terrific colleague.”
We look forward to his joining us in December.
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