Former business and finance editor of The Messenger sues owner

Former business and finance editor Ciro Scotti has sued The Messenger founder Jimmy Finkelston, claiming he back out on his vow to pay them hundreds of thousands of dollars of severance if they were terminated without cause. Justin Baragona of The Daily Best writes, “Scotti, meanwhile, was paid $325,000 a year and promised two months’ severance […]

Bisnow hires Jones as NYC real estate reporter

Real estate news service Bisnow has hired Sasha Jones as a reporter covering New York commercial real estate. She previously worked at The Messenger as its national real estate reporter. Jones had previously been a reporter at the New York Business Journal, an American City Business Journals publication, covering economic development. Prior to joining the New York Business Journal, Jones […]

Fortune hires Smith as an editor

Fortune magazine has hired Dave Smith to be an editor on the news, real estate and success teams. He previously was at The Messenger as deputy editor for the homepage and story production. Before The Messenger, Smith was a deputy editor on Business Insider’s owned & operated audience team, which included homepage, notifications, and newsletters. Smith had […]

Twenty-one biz and tech news staffers affected by The Messenger’s closing

Here’s a list of the business and technology news staffers at The Messenger, which announced Wednesday it was closing: Editors Business and finance editor Ciro Scotti. Recently, he was a senior project manager at Blue Heron Research Partners, where he worked for five years. Before that, Scotti served as deputy editor, the Americas at Reuters. […]

The Messenger is shutting down

The Messenger, the news website that started last year, is now shutting, reports Benjamin Mullin of The New York Times. Mullin reports, “It’s unclear when The Messenger will stop publishing. “By closing less than a year after it launched, The Messenger will now be one of the biggest busts in the annals of online news. And its […]

Semafor hires McEnery to cover business and finance

Semafor has hired Thornton McEnery to cover business and finance. McEnery will start Jan. 22. He most recently was at The Messenger covering hedge funds and money managers. He has been at The Daily Upside, which covers business and investing, as its executive editor. He was a markets reporter before leaving there in March 2022. He previously […]

Serrano among those laid off at The Messenger

Jody Serrano is among the editorial staff laid off at The Messenger. Serrano had been covering online communities and social media. Previously, she was an online communities and internet reporter at Gizmodo, where she joined in 2017 as a weekend editor. Serrano began her career in Texas, where she also worked for the Austin American-Statesman and The Texas Tribune. She […]

Tech reporter Powers among the layoffs at The Messenger

Tech reporter Benjamin Powers is among the layoffs at news site The Messenger. He has been covering tech policy. He was previously at The Grid exploring the interconnection of technology and privacy within major stories. He focuses on artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and how privacy concerns are reshaping technology regulations, among other topics. He has also covered cryptocurrencies […]

NBC News Digital appoints Wollner deputy politics editor

Adam Wollner will join NBC News’ digital team as deputy politics editor to cover the 2024 political campaign, and to organize coverage of down-ballot races. Wollner will begin on Dec. 4. He will join from The Messenger, where he has been a White House editor covering President Joe Biden’s White House and the re-election campaign. […]

Keating to join Vox as senior correspondent

Vox has hired Joshua Keating as a senior correspondent to cover “global trends, and the ideas and dynamics that have shaped them.” He will be based in Washington, D.C., and will begin on Dec. 4. Keating will join from The Messenger, where he is a global security reporter, a post he previously held at Grid. […]