Vice News Touts New Hires in Staff Reshuffle Under Josh Tyrangiel

Vice Media’s news division, now under the leadership of ex-Bloomberg exec Josh Tyrangiel, announced that it has hired six writers and producers, coming a week after the company laid off more than a dozen Vice News staffers.

According to the Brooklyn-based company, since Tyrangiel took over as executive VP of Vice News he has recruited 23 additional staff members. Those include last week’s hiring of Neil Breakwell, former deputy editor of BBC’s “Newsnight,” to head Vice’s U.K. news operation.

The new Vice News employees are: Melissa Maerz, senior producer for culture, previously TV critic for Entertainment Weekly; Nellie Bowles, formerly with the Guardian and Vox Media’s Recode, who will head up the soon-to-open San Francisco office and cover tech with correspondent Ravi Somaiya; Robert Ferdman, joining Vice News as economics correspondent, formerly with the Washington Post; Craig Thomson, senior planning producer, previously with Al-Jazeera America; and Jon Strauss and Ben Craw, both from AOL’s Huffington Post, join Vice News as video producers, both working across news, politics and entertainment.

Vice originally hired Tyrangiel last fall to run the daily news show for HBO. In his new role, he oversees the company’s news division and is tasked with coordinating strategy and operations between Vice News and the Vice daily and weekly programs on HBO.

In addition to the new hires, Vice said senior producer Alex Chitty and associate producer Jana Kozlowski will be relocating to the L.A. bureau this summer in Venice. Both will continue to focus on the weekly show on HBO but also will contribute to the daily program and ViceNews.com.

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