Media News hires Cortes as data journalist, Schnipper for editing team

June 1, 2022

Posted by Chris Roush managing editor Jeff McCracken sent out the following to the staff on Wednesday:

I want to let everyone know about a few new hires and a promotion in the newsroom.

First, I am happy to announce that Gabriel Cortes has joined our team as a data visualization journalist, manning the data desk and reporting to Elisabeth Cordova. He previously served as a data journalist at Grow, an editorial initiative from Acorns. Before that, he worked in a similar role at American Public Media in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Gabriel has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from Princeton University. A Southern California native, he’s back home in L.A. but working East Coast hours. He’s completed one marathon and is hoping to run the L.A. marathon in early 2023 (and says this memo will now force him to do it).
He also grills a mean tri-tip steak on the barbecue.

Next, Candice Choi joins the consumer news and business team as an editor, reporting to Mike Calia. She comes to us from the Associated Press, where she most recently led the water team on the Health & Science desk. She was previously a business reporter at the AP, covering beats such as the food industry and personal finance. Before that, she worked at local papers in California.

Candice grew up in New Jersey and has a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University. She lives in New York City, where she gives herself a daily deadline of 8 a.m. to finish Wordle before moving on to get to genius level in Spelling Bee.

I am also happy to announce the addition of Scott Schnipper to the editing team of our PRO investor service. After a longtime separation, he will once again work alongside John Melloy, both having joined CNBC from Bloomberg. Scott was one of the very first hires at Bloomberg News and spent his first years there in London, where he covered stocks, companies, currencies and politics. In New York, he wrote daily stock market stories, weekly columns and later covered international markets and new listings out of Eastern Europe, Latin America and Asia. He finished his time helping launch First Word, a curated news product for traders and investors.

Scott has a degree in government from Cornell. He is a New Jersey native who returned home after long stints in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Scott enjoys hiking, bicycling, losing at spikeball to his youngest son, winning at Jeopardy! and knocking around with his running buddies on the Hash House Harriers.

Internally, Sara Salinas has been promoted to an editor on the consumer news and business team, reporting to Mike Calia. She most recently served as a news editor for the hotseats, where she got a daily master class in news judgment and creative ways to tell a story. Before that, Sara reported on technology for CNBC, local news for The Boston Globe and crime for the Indianapolis Star.

Sara hosts weekly bar trivia on the Upper East Side. She’s a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, a compost collection volunteer for the city and an avid Formula 1 fan.

Please join me in congratulating all of them on their new roles and welcoming each to the team.

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