PA Post names first executive editor

  • Ed Mahon, PA Post

From The Context, PA Post’s weekday email newsletter:

It is a big week for us here at PA Post, as you can probably tell by the headline. We launched in September of last year. And on Monday, we announced the hiring of our first executive editor, Russ Walker. Give him a “yo” or another Pennsylvania greeting. –Ed Mahon, PA Post reporter

A ‘really high public mission’

Incoming PA Post Executive Editor Russ Walker’s investigative projects have earned two Peabody Awards, national and regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, and regional Emmy Awards.

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Incoming PA Post Executive Editor Russ Walker’s investigative projects have earned two Peabody Awards, national and regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, and regional Emmy Awards.

  • Fellow PA Post reporter Emily Previti and I spoke with new executive editor Russ Walker about why he decided to move to the commonwealth, how he hopes to partner with other newsrooms, and many other topics. You can read the Q and A.

  • Here are some things to know about Russ: He most recently served as assistant news director, executive producer for investigations and online managing editor for KING 5 in Seattle, Wash. He also worked as a senior editor at Politico and as an editor for washingtonpost.com. His first official day at PA Post is July 15.

  • If you’re interested in seeing some of Russ’ swork, I recommend KING 5’s “Back of the Class” investigation, which described widespread failures by Washington public schools to serve students with disabilities. The series won a Peabody Award, and judges praised it for “impressive and diligent journalism that led the Washington state legislature to prioritize education for all children.”

Best of the rest

In this 2018 photo, Carmen Fultz, an employee of Buckeye Relief LLC, sorts the male and female marijuana plants inside a Veg Room in Eastlake, Ohio.

David Dermer / AP

In this 2018 photo, Carmen Fultz, an employee of Buckeye Relief LLC, sorts the male and female marijuana plants inside a Veg Room in Eastlake, Ohio.

  • After filing an open records request with the state, WITF’s Brett Sholtis found that half of all medical marijuana permits issued in Pennsylvania are for severe or chronic pain. Post-traumatic stress disorder was the second most common reason listed. It accounted for 14 percent of the permits.

  • Costs for Highmark insurance customers who receive healthcare from UPMC will increase if a 2014 agreement expires at the end of the month, Mark Scolforo reports for the Associated Press. Scolforo covered a hearing on Monday that pitted Highmark and UPMC, two “Pittsburgh-based health care giants,” against each other.

  • LNP’s Abigail King profiles John Slaymaker, the operator of what the news organization says might be the world’s only egg vending machine. “It’s a neighborhood thing,” Slaymaker said.


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