Wall Street Journal managing editor Karen Pensiero sent out the following announcement on Monday:
I’m very happy to announce that Sarah Rabil is joining the Journal’s leadership team as assistant managing editor for talent. Beginning May 30, she will be your key partner for external and internal recruitment efforts, and she will offer guidance and support for career development and personnel management. Sarah will work with hiring managers and other senior editors to ensure that our newsroom is diverse, inclusive and welcoming, and we couldn’t ask for a better colleague in this role.
Sarah joined the Journal in 2015 as the deputy bureau chief for media and marketing, and there hasn’t been a quiet period on the beat since. She helped her team cover the rise of cord-cutting, the legal drama surrounding the Redstones’ empire, a slew of massive deals from AT&T-Time Warner to Disney-Fox, the #MeToo era and the upending of the ad business amid the rise of the Google-Facebook duopoly.
Sarah got her break in journalism as a stocks intern at Bloomberg when an editor discovered her love of Harry Potter. She was also a media reporter there, edited and oversaw a global column analyzing M&A, and was a team leader for media and telecommunications for North America. A North Carolina native, Sarah is a college basketball fanatic and avid supporter of her Tar Heels. She’s the third generation of her family to graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a degree in journalism with a minor in business. She counts herself lucky to have returned to UNC to help teach three courses on advanced business reporting, part of a broader push she’s made to encourage more students to pursue financial journalism. She has mentored or managed almost two dozen interns over the years.
Sarah and her husband live in New York City, and she says that nothing makes her happier than a local bookstore or a good biscuit (possibly good to remember when you need her assistance).
Sarah is taking on the job being vacated by AME-Talent Marie Beaudette, who returns to the fifth floor to lead the banking team, an inspired move by Charles. Marie’s leadership, great hires, direct talk and sense of humor have made her a rock star in the managing editor’s office, where she’s worked with passion on behalf of all of you in this newsroom. I can’t thank her enough for all she’s done.
Please join me in congratulating Sarah and thanking Marie and wishing both of these terrific journalists all the best in their new roles.