Tyrangiel sent out a quippy memo Wednesday, which started: “Settle in. This latest staff announcement is going to make the collected works of Karl Ove Knausgård feel short.”
From there, Vice said it added contributor Fatima Bhojani as associate producer; Tyler Borchers as director of audience development, and Arielle Duhaime-Ross, a reporter from The Verge, as climate and environment correspondent. It also added former New York Times producer-shooter Axel Gerdau as a producer; Kaz Ishii as motion graphics art director, and Jay Caspian Kang, a columnist from The New York Times Magazine, as civil-rights correspondent.
ViceNews.com enlisted Simone Landon, an editor from Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight blog, and Lauren Prince, a desk reporter from NBC News, as a producer. Writer Elspeth Reeve joins the technology desk as a reporter focusing on Internet behavior, and both Karen Ye and Angad Singh have come on as production assistants. Meanwhile, former associate editor at The New Republic, Bijan Stephen, is now Vice’s culture reporter.
Tyrangiel also revealed some internal shifts of what he called “Vice stalwarts.”
Isabel Castro is moving from HBO Weekly to Nightly as associate producer, editor, and producer Seth Dalton is joining the U.S. team as a producer to focus on policy stories. Isabel Evans, a public relations team member at Vice, is joining news as a talent/production assistant. Michael Moynihan, a former Vice managing editor, will come on as a full-time national correspondent, while noted Vice News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky, will move to the company’s London office to broaden his coverage beyond Russia and the Soviet republics to Western Europe.