Media News hires Min, Vanian, promotes Grant to deputy personal finance editor

June 28, 2022

Posted by Chris Roush

Jeff McCracken, managing editor, sent out the following to the staff on Tuesday:

I want to let everyone know about two new hires and an internal move in the newsroom.

First, I am happy to announce we have hired Sarah Min as an investing reporter to join the ever-growing CNBC Pro team. She will report to Markets Editor John Melloy, who oversees Pro and our markets coverage.

Sarah previously covered institutional investing at Chief Investment Officer magazine, where she wrote features on investing trends and profiled leaders at pension funds. Before that, she was part of the MoneyWatch team at CBS News, covering personal finance and economics. Sarah has a master’s degree in business journalism from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. She has a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Binghamton University.

Sarah is a New York native, having grown up in Brooklyn and on Long Island. She enjoys hiking, kayaking and catching up on TV shows. Among her favorites are “Severance” and, of course, “Succession.” (Who doesn’t love “Succession”?)

Next, I am glad to announce the hiring of Jonathan Vanian, who will handle our coverage of Facebook parent company Meta, Twitter and most other things tied to social media.

Jonathan previously worked as a writer for Fortune, where he covered the technology industry, helped launch the Eye on A.I. newsletter, co-chaired the Brainstorm A.I. conference and contributed to the Race Ahead newsletter. Some of the features he wrote at Fortune include a probe into A.I. and its propensity toward bias and a look at the battle between tech giants such as Alphabet, Microsoft and Amazon for the future of cloud gaming.

Before Fortune, Jonathan covered enterprise startups and cloud computing for the technology publication GigaOm. He also worked as a reporter for a legal affairs newspaper and as an online editor at a software magazine.

Jonathan graduated from The University of California, Santa Barbara with degrees in global studies and comparative literature. He enjoys spending time with his family and watching his daughter grow, playing the guitar and drums and listening to records on turntables. He also enjoys cooking and wants to get back into regularly using the crockpot.

Finally, I want to let everyone know about an internal move. Kelli Grant, who spent more than three years as a senior editor at Grow, has rejoined the newsroom as deputy personal finance editor for our personal finance team, reporting to Jim Pavia.

Before Grow, Kelli served as a personal finance reporter for Previously, she worked as the senior consumer reporter at MarketWatch and SmartMoney. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and Good Housekeeping, among other publications.

Kelli holds a master’s degree in personal financial planning from Kansas State University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ithaca College. She is one of only a handful of working journalists to have earned the Certified Financial Planner designation, which recognizes financial advisors who meet education, experience and ethics requirements.

Kelli met her husband while ballroom dancing and likes to make elaborate cakes in her spare time. Her latest creation is a chocolate cake for her daughter, who wanted it topped with a hairy, five-legged spider that has three eyes — basically, Kelli’s nightmare in cake form, but she made it anyway. (I have the photo.)

Please join me in congratulating Sarah, Jonathan and Kelli.

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