New @Recode: Li, Schatz, Temple, Keyishian, Bowles and Graves
One of the greatest assets of our new venture, Revere Digital, and its website, Re/code, is that it is made up entirely of the stellar staff of All Things Digital, which operated for 12 years as an independent unit of Dow Jones.
To keep a staff completely intact during a period of uncertainty — as we raised the money for our effort and in a time of intense competition for tech journalism talent — was something we value more than any other thing in the long process of creating our new company.
Our longtime reporting team is our treasure: John Paczkowski, Peter Kafka, Ina Fried, Katherine Boehret, Liz Gannes, Lauren Goode, Arik Hesseldahl, Mike Isaac, Bonnie Cha, Jason Del Rey and Eric Johnson. And, backing them up has been our same awesome conference production team and business team, editors and developers: Lia Lorenzano-Kennett, Adam Tow, Pete Mall, Joe Brown, John Murrell, Elizabeth Crane, Jill Pendergast, Meg Burns, Ed Daly and Tameko Rowe. (And let’s not forget our fab interns, Thomas Johnson and Vjeran Pavic.)
But one fantastic thing about finally having actual funds for expansion is that we can start to build out the staff with more talent to further take the kind of journalism we have been doing to new levels of excellence.
Thus, it is with great excitement that we formally announce our first group of hires, all of whom bring amazing attributes to Re/code and Revere.
First up is Ken Li, our managing editor, who joined just before our launch. He has already made himself invaluable in leading our news coverage, bringing out the best in our reporters and beginning to craft the kind of creative editorial culture we value so much. Ken has been covering the intersection of technology and media businesses since 1997, having worked as a reporter and editor at news organizations including Reuters, the Financial Times, The Industry Standard, TheStreet.com and the New York Daily News. More recently, he was global editor of Reuters.com in the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, China and India and has led content strategy projects for the international news agency. Funnest fact: In a past life, Ken wrote a story for Vibe magazine that was the inspiration for “The Fast and the Furious” movies franchise (of which Kara is a mad fan). He graduated from New York University with a bachelor of arts in journalism.
Amy Schatz joined us just yesterday, to focus on tech policy issues from Washington, D.C., which we consider a critically important arena going forward. A deft writer and relentless reporter, she comes to Re/code from the Wall Street Journal, where she was a reporter for a decade, covering tech policy from 2005 through 2012. Before joining the Journal, Amy worked for the Austin American-Statesman and began her reporting career at the St. Petersburg Times. A native Hoosier, Amy graduated from Indiana University and received an MBA from Georgetown University in 2012.
James Temple moved only a few blocks from the San Francisco Chronicle to cover a wide range of topics, including biotech, clean tech, healthcare, robotics, science, space and more. He has been a business writer for more than a decade, most recently as the technology columnist the Chronicle. His “Dot-Commentary” column there focused on tech public policy, privacy and innovation. James was also a beat reporter and produced video pieces for SFGate.com. Previously, he covered advertising, banking, real estate, retail and technology for Bloomberg News, the Contra Costa Times, the San Francisco Business Times and Bridge News. A graduate of Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, he was also a food writer, including doing an exposition on the virtues of lard.
Amy Keyishian is our newest copy editor, making sure the staff’s work is as clean as a whistles (Amy, can you check if whistles are really clean?). She has worked for the entire range of magazine genres, including Sesame Street Parents, Cosmopolitan, Maxim, Glamour, Self, Redbook and Men’s Health, and was also the sex-advice columnist for the military-focused magazine Drill (no comment!). More recently, Amy has been a content provider/proofreader/editor and SEO maven for a range of websites, and she also continues to do a twice-monthly column for Recipe.com. Amy is a graduate of Barnard College.
Nellie Bowles will not start until February, but she has already handed in a killer list of ideas for her new beat in covering tech culture trends, an area that sheds a light on how tech impacts us as people, and how we live with it. Like James, she was a business writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, reporting on tech and its zeitgeist. She started at the paper as an intern and was hired as a staff writer for the Style section. Nellie attended Columbia University, receiving degrees in comparative literature and psychology, before completing a Fulbright Fellowship in Swaziland. While abroad, Nellie freelanced for Foreign Policy and the Mail & Guardian, as well as doing multimedia work for the New Yorker. Most intriguingly, she is a sixth-generation San Franciscan (which means we might finally be able to get into the really good parties, but probably not!).
And we would be remiss not to tout our latest business hire, Jon Graves, who has the lofty title of chief revenue officer (which roughly means: “Hey, guy with the tie, show us the money!”). He has spent the majority of his media career in the tech sector, with his first role out of college selling display advertising for a DEC title in London. During his career, he was CEO of SoftWorld, a series of business app events; a VP at Gartner, leading the international events group, including Symposium Cannes; and VP of United Business Media. Most recently, Jon had a business development role at The Economist, selling strategic integrated programs across events and all Economist media channels. He holds a B.A. in Humanities from the University of South Wales U.K., majoring in art history.
There is a lot more to come, including additions to our video and photo staff and another mobile reporter, as well as numerous business hires to round out our team.
Which is why we could not be more excited by the task ahead. Long ago, Seneca said: “Toil to make yourself remarkable by some talent or other.” Considering the amazing talent we have assembled so far — all of whom toil very hard to bring you accurate, fair and sparkling journalism — we hope you are ready for Re/code to bring you even more remarkable things going forward.