Media Moves

CalMatters appoints Kristen Go as EIC

May 11, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

Kristen Go

Nonprofit news organization CalMatters has hired Kristen Go as editor in chief. She begins May 30.

Go stated:

“CalMatters has consistently played an important role in impacting the lives of Californians.

“I’m thrilled to continue building on the great work, growing its presence around the state and working with our media partners to hold the powerful accountable and create a better California.”

In her new role, she will succeed founding editor Dave Lesher, who will focus to lead a new effort to transform government accountability reporting.

Go will join from USA Today where she recently served as VP and executive editor of news and initiatives. Before that, she held the posts of managing editor of news and executive editor of news and initiatives.

Previously, she worked as an assistant managing editor, deputy managing editor and managing editor of digital at the San Francisco Chronicle.

She was a content manager at The Arizona Republic and was a public safety and general assignment reporter at The Denver Post.

She interned at The Dallas Morning News.

CalMatters reports:

“Go has consistently produced and overseen award-winning work while acting as a guest speaker and judge for contests including the Goldsmith Awards and the Pulitzer Prizes. She was honored in the “Women of Achievement” honors given by Legal Momentum and given a president’s award from Exceptional Women in Publishing. She also has served as a mentor within the Asian American Journalists Association, Chips Quinn Scholarship Program and the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education.”

Go has a B.A. from the University of Nevada-Reno.

Be sure to congratulate Go on Twitter.

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