Saacks rejoins Business Insider to cover hedge funds

Business reporter Bradley Saacks is rejoining Business Insider to cover hedge funds from its London office. He most recently had been covering that beat for Semafor. He left Business Insider in 2022. Before Business Insider, he spent the two years and three months at Ignites, the Financial Times’ mutual fund news branch, where he reported on sales, distribution and marketing […]

CNBC hires Semafors’ Hoffman as on-air contributor

CNBC has appointed Liz Hoffman as on-air contributor. She is business and finance editor at Semafor. Previously, Hoffman was a senior reporter at The Wall Street Journal. There, she was also a banking reporter and formerly covered mergers and acquisitions and corporate law. She also reported on corporate deals, finance and governance for Law360 as […]

Former WSJ reporter joining Semafor as global security editor

A former Wall Street Journal reporter who was fired for what the paper believed was an unethical business dealing with a source has been hired by news startup Semafor as global security editor. Jay Solomon has been a senior director at public relations firm APCO Worldwide for the past five years. Prior to joining APCO, Solomon […]

Semafor promotes Henry to head of product

Semafor has tapped Kellen Henry to serve as head of product. In her new role, she will direct and manage Semafor’s digital and core product development, as well as oversee both Semafor’s product and engineering departments. Henry joined Semafor in July 2022 as PM, core products. She spearheaded the creation of everything that consumers interact […]

Semafor hires McDonnell as energy and climate editor

Timothy McDonnell has joined Semafor as an energy and climate editor to anchor the “Net Zero” newsletter, focused on how companies and governments are aiding or impeding decarbonization of the global economy. Recently, McDonnell reported for Quartz. He worked freelance, covering the intersection of climate change and politics, business, food, science, energy, and culture, in […]

When Semafor hired a climate reporter, and sold Chevron ads

Paul Farhi of The Washington Post examines the issues behind news startup Semafor’s decision to hire noted journalist Bill Spindle to cover climate and then sell advertising to Chevron, which resulted in Spindle’s departure. Farhi writes, “Semafor is reluctant to address the specifics of Spindle’s employment but said his dismissal had nothing to do with its advertising partnerships. […]

Semafor climate and energy editor Spindle departs, cites Chevron concerns

Semafor climate and energy editor Bill Spindle has left the news startup due to concerns about Chevron advertising around his content, reports Loree Seitz of The Wrap. Seitz reports, “‘I’m not saying they or Chevron improperly influenced the climate coverage. I could ‘call it as I saw it,” Spindle posted on Twitter. ‘What concerned me was my belief that […]

Semafor hires Weissmann as its Washington editor

News site Semafor has hired Jordan Weissmann as its Washington editor. He has been a Slate as a senior editor, focusing on policy, politics, and economics. He also was a senior business and economics correspondent at Slate. Before that, he was an economics blogger and editor for The Atlantic. He has also reported for The National Law Journal. Weissmann has […]

Semafor’s climate/energy newsletter sponsored by Chevron

News site Semafor has launched a climate and energy newsletter sponsored by Chevron, writes Molly Taft of Gizmodo. Taft writes, “Semafor’s first climate and energy-focused newsletter, helmed by veteran journalist Bill Spindle, formerly of the Wall Street Journal, went out to subscribers on Monday. Among stories and analyses including a breakdown of Europe’s attempt to end its […]

Semafor hires Tani as a media reporter

New media company Semafor has hired Maxwell Tani from Politico as a media reporter. He has been at Politico for the last year and co-authored the West Wing Playbook newsletter. Tani previously covered politics and media for Business Insider. He previously wrote for the Huffington Post and helped produce the Working podcast for Slate. He has also […]