Washington Post hires Fortune’s Baran to be part of tech team
Washington Post director of video Micah Gelman, deputy directory of video Phoebe Connelly and senior video producer Tom LeGro sent out the following announcement on Thursday:
The video department is excited to announce Jonathan Baran is joining The Post as a San Francisco-based reporter/editor as part of our expanded technology team.
Jonathan has been a video producer in San Francisco since 2012, covering the hottest smart devices (or duds) of the moment, experiments in universal basic income, and bias problems in artificial intelligence. Most recently he was Fortune magazine’s West Coast video producer. His work has appeared in Engadget, TIME, Reuters and other outlets.
Jonathan earned a degree in media studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a master’s in documentary journalism from Columbia University.
Before graduate school, he served five years in U.S. Army special operations, deploying twice as a psychological operations sergeant in counter-propaganda campaigns.
A Tar Heel native turned Bay Area transplant, Jonathan lives with his wife (a journalist, too) and their two children in Concord, Calif. Jonathan starts April 8 and will spend two weeks in the newsroom before taking up duties in San Francisco.