Our Team

Chris Ariens Vice President and Editorial Director [send message] Chris joined Mediabistro in July 2007 as editor of TVNewser.com and executive producer of the blog network and was promoted to editorial director in June 2009. Before joining mediabistro, Chris spent seven years at MSNBC, as a line producer, coordinating producer for the Olympics, and lastly as executive producer of daytime programs., Chris worked as a producer in local TV news in Green Bay (WLUK) and Tampa (WFTS). Born, raised, and schooled in Wisconsin; skiing and travel keep Chris from falling into a TV news trance. Follow TVNewser on Twitter.
Valerie Berrios Managing Editor [send message] Valerie officially joined Mediabistro in 2013 but has been a loyal follower of the site since moving to New York 10 years ago to pursue her journalism career. She’s worked as a reporter for an affiliate of The Tampa Tribune, written for numerous print and digital publications, and held editorial positions at Accord Media, Everyday Health and Bridal Guide magazine. Valerie has also collaborated on a book with TV personality and wedding planner David Tutera and is the author of The Bridesmaid's Companion, published by Hearst Books. This Florida native, frequent traveler and wine lover calls Brooklyn home.
Mary Breaden Education Assistant [send message] Mary graduated from Portland State University in June 2013 with her M.A. in Book Publishing and shortly after relocated to New York. While at Portland State, Mary worked for Ooligan Press and as a graduate research assistant for an online learning program called the Learner Web. She has also worked in print production and in news writing. As publishing, writing, and education are all some of Mary’s passions, she is thrilled to have joined Mediabistro’s Education team.
Jordan Chariton Editor, Editor of TVNewser & Lost Remote [send message] Jordan is a reporter, editor, and digital producer, currently serving as Editor of TVNewser and Lost Remote. Previously, Jordan worked at cable news networks Fox News, Fox Business, and MSNBC, along with and one of the nation’s premier cultural institutions, 92nd Street Y. His experience includes interviewing top journalists and politicians, crafting compelling videos for the digital space, producing and booking for cable newscasts and online shows, and reporting and writing commentary for a variety of major media websites.
Liana Choi Manager, Job Board Operations [send message] Liana graduated from Binghamton University in 2003 and has always worked in media. Her previous positions include working as an editor at PRNewswire and as an on-air programmer at Lifetime Television. She supports the goals of Mediabistro's job board through data mining, ad hoc reporting, and new business development. Liana currently resides in the Bay Area.
Patrick Coffee Senior Editor, Mediabistro Advertising & PR [send message] Patrick Coffee is the Senior Editor, Mediabistro Advertising & PR. Patrick oversees the Mediabistro sites AgencySpy and PRNewser. Patrick joined Mediabistro as the Editor, PRNewser & Manager of PR Initiatives in August, 2012. Before joining Mediabistro, Patrick worked as a Communications Specialist at ReSource Pro, a staffing company. Patrick hails from south of the Mason-Dixon, but Brooklyn is his spiritual home, and he has regularly written restaurant/nightlife news and reviews for New York Magazine and the Grub Street New York blog. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from New School University, and he has written about healthcare, insurance, retail, and unusual music for UncommonGoods, Claph Magazine, Insurance Journal, China Brief, The L Magazine, TreatmentOnline.com and Prefixmag.com.
David Cohen Lead Writer, AllFacebook.com [send message] David Cohen is not related to the editor of AllFacebook.com, but he does cover for Jackie when she’s off duty. He also edits Mediabistro's Morning Media Newsfeed and has more than 20 years of journalism experience, including more than 10 in the online sector at publications like Multichannel News and Broadcasting & Cable. He is a New York University graduate who lives in Hoboken, N.J.
Evan Dierlam Product Manager [send message] Though a native son of Texas, this New York transplant thrives on local culture and history, engulfing entire museums and sites. On mornings, he can be found wandering starry-eyed between stalls at the farmer's markets, or furiously writing or drawing, all while single-handedly increasing Sri Lanka's GDP through mass tea consumption.
Kevin Eck Editor, TVSpy / Producer, mediabistroTV [send message] Kevin joined Mediabistro as an editor for TVSpy and video producer in August 2012. Before moving to NYC, Kevin spent much of his adult life in the San Francisco Bay Area working at local TV stations until succumbing to the lure of the high tech world. Born in Rapid City, South Dakota, and having moved to multiple Air Force bases with his family as a child, Kevin takes way too much time to answer the simple question, "So, where are you from?" something that endlessly annoys his wife.

He is a proud graduate of San Jose State University and has multiple regional emmy awards for producing, editing and just hanging around some guys who were doing great work. He enjoys reading, watching movies (Anchorman is his favorite) and music that makes him cry. When he's not working or laying about on the couch searching for new episodes of "Finding Bigfoot", he can be found searching for hills to climb on his fancy carbon bicycle.
John Gephart Senior Developer [send message] John is a Web developer and information junkie. Sports interests include playing racquetball, skiing, and destroying friends in fantasy sports leagues. He roots hard for the Philadelphia Eagles from deep within New York Giants country. John recently taught a cat to roll over on command after being told it couldn't be done. He listens to too many podcasts and has probably seen every episode of Seinfeld at least 10 times. John's work has nothing to do with chemistry or beakers.
Jeff Hazen Senior Sales Manager [send message] Jeff comes to us after many years at Internet.com, having had responsibility for setting up and managing partnerships and revenue share programs along with forging new business development deals. After graduating college in Rhode Island with a degree in communications, he spent over eight years at one of the original computer product catalog resellers, Mac/MicroWarehouse, in a myriad of different (delete) sales and marketing roles, the last one culminating in the role of Director of International Marketing, overseeing the company’s product management and merchandising for overseas offices. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys travelling with his family to new and exciting places.
Ann John Senior Manager, Education [send message] Ann John joined the Mediabistro Education team in September 2013 and oversees planning and recruitment for courses and online events. She worked as an Assistant Director at a language school, handling curriculum development and teacher recruitment. Prior to this, she spent a year and a half in Guatemala and seven years in Chicago. A native New Yorker, she's happy to be back home.
Tatyana Kuznetsova Interactive Art Director [send message] Tatyana joins us as our Interactive Art Director. She came from NBC where she was leading various design initiatives including London 2012 Olympics and NBC Local Media City Site redesign. Prior to that, she worked for a number of Fortune 500 companies, including Thomson Reuters, Real Networks, and Boeing. She moved to New York from Seattle in 2008, and has been enjoying all the amazing things this city has to offer.
Stephanie Lippitt Education Coordinator [send message] Stephanie joined the Mediabistro team in July 2013 after a two year term with McGraw-Hill Higher Education. She graduated from Hofstra University in 2011, where she double-majored in Publishing and Creative Writing, and minored in living off of less than four hours of sleep a night. Stephanie spends her free time volunteering for various comic book conventions and reading every bit of fiction she can find. She really appreciates air conditioning and space heaters in their respective seasons, and loves writing about herself in the third person for website bios.
Sean Munson Web Developer [send message] Sean Munson is part data junkie, part digital tool-and-die man. From the wilds of New England, he came to New York in 2007. Since then he's Worked in Finance, Fashion and Law, developing custom solutions for custom needs, picking up tools, languages and technologies as necessary. He is a fan of transportation systems, urban design, sailing, The Red Sox, and Lobsters with steamers.
Sandra Reitman Senior Manager, Education [send message] Sandra Reitman joined Mediabistro after graduating with her MA in Media Studies from The New School in New York. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and earning her BA in Journalism from Indiana University, Sandra has an insurmountable amount of Midwestern pride. That said, she loves exploring all the city has to offer: hot spots, eclectic food, local concerts and an occasional tourist destination.
Tim Sohn Editor, Morning Social Media Newsfeed [send message] Tim joined mediabistro on April 30, 2012. He is editor of the Morning Social Media Newsfeed and occasionally writes for SocialTimes. Tim also covers media, technology and social media for a variety of websites. Before becoming a full-time freelancer in May 2011, Tim was editor of LH! Weekly, a startup weekly newspaper/digital media company in Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey. And previously, Tim worked for several daily newspapers and news sites, including The New Jersey Herald in Newton, New Jersey, and Daily Record, a Gannett paper, in Parsippany, as copy desk chief and copy editor.
Meredith Tacher Junior Graphic Designer [send message] Meredith joined the Mediabistro team in 2013. She previously interned at Pearhead and Goldrun, and was thrilled to start full time as a junior graphic designer at Mediabistro. She was previously a teacher and couldn't be happier to make the switch into the corporate world. When she is not at her desk, she is usually gallivanting around the city.
Mona Zhang Social Media Coordinator & Editor, SocialTimes.com [send message] Mona joined Mediabistro in August, 2012 after being an intern there and writing for 10,000 Words. She graduated from New York University with a degree in journalism and East Asian Studies. Before moving to NYC, she lived in Beijing, London, Madrid and (the suburbs of) Chicago. She loves to travel, and has journeyed to all the continents (except for South America and Antarctica—next on her list). She also enjoys playing and listening to music and eating and cooking food.