Senior editor to cover biz beat from Gotham office

Tom Lowry has been named senior editor for Variety, spearheading the paper’s coverage of business and finance from its Gotham bureau.

“At 105 years old, Variety remains a must-read for the smartest in the media and entertainment business across all its platforms. I look forward to carrying on that tradition,” Lowry said. “I am really excited to help Variety re-establish a greater presence in New York, and to strengthen the financial coverage. It feels great to be back on the beat.”

Lowry most recently was senior writer and media editor at BusinessWeek. In his decade-plus tenure there, he was responsible for its media and entertainment coverage, including cover stories on James Cameron, Rupert Murdoch, ESPN, Comcast, the NFL and digital piracy in Hollywood. He also served stints at the New York Daily News and USA Today, among others.

He begins June 28, reporting to group editor Tim Gray.

“Tom is a great reporter and a terrific guy who’s well respected in the industry,” said Gray. “We aggressively pursued him and feel lucky to have him. It’s great to have another voice in the paper and the website as we continue to strengthen the global reach that no other showbiz news outlet can match.”

An alum of the U. of Delaware, Lowry was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in business and economics journalism at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

Lowry is the latest to join the Variety masthead. Chris Krewson began as editor of Variety.com in March, two months after Leo Wolinsky took the job as editor of Daily Variety.

The staff additions are part of an ongoing reorganization as Variety expands and enhances its coverage across multiple platforms.

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