The Long Beach Post, the city’s largest news organization, is expanding its core mission of telling Long Beach’s diverse history with several key additions to staff, including an investigative reporter and a multimedia reporter who will soon be launching stories. audio and broadcast components for the Post’s media coverage.
Anthony Pignataro, who has nearly three decades of journalism experience, joins The Post as an investigative reporter and editor. Pignataro has led numerous surveys and long-running journalism projects for OC Weekly and other publications.
Pignataro will work on special projects involving the town hall, police department and other matters, and will also serve as editor and special project manager. Some of its coverage has already included a preview of the AI software the city has used to glean the response to restrictions and COVID-19 issues in the city’s building permit department.
Jackie Rae Shepard brings a rich broadcast and audio experience to the Post, and will soon launch a weekly podcast that will include highlights from The Post’s news coverage, original reporting, and hot topic analysis.
You’ll also frequently see her on the Post’s social media channels broadcasting live events, such as this video the reopening of the community hospital emergency department – and in-depth interviews with Post reporters, like this interview with Long Beach Business Journal reporter Alena Maschke.
In addition to these new full-time hires, La Poste strengthened its media coverage with other promotions and staff changes:
- Jason ruiz, who has been working part-time at the town hall since 2013, has joined the Swiss Post team full-time.
- Cheantay Jensen, who started the post as an intern in fall 2019, has been promoted to full-time, with a focus on award-winning video production.
- Former news reporter Valerie Osier took on a new role as Head of Newsletter and Social Media, in order to showcase the Post’s journalism to a wider audience.
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