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WSJ’s Alexandra Cheney Joins Variety

AlexandraCheneyVarietyThe folks at Variety want everyone in LA to know that incoming senior film reporter Alexandra Cheney knows how to surf. Don’t laugh; this skill could come in handy in the new year whenever she works on a feature involving one or more surf-loving producers, agents, managers and studio execs.

Cheney’s athletic background, which goes along with three years most recently spent writing for the Wall Street Journal‘s “Speakeasy” blog and Marketplace section, is highlighted at the end of today’s announcement as well as in this quote from film editor Claudia Eller:

“Alexandra, who was a professional surfer and is a hard-driving journalist, has the perfect kind of competitive DNA needed to aggressively cover the fast-changing, dynamic movie business,” Eller said. “She will be a great addition to our already strong film team.”

Put another way, Cheney knows how to hang a memorable Ten Directors to Watch feature and ride a major brainwave. She’s also a certified scuba diver.

Prior to joining WSJ, Cheney was a crime reporter with DNA Info. She began her journalism career with an internship at Inc. magazine. Cheney starts January 6.

[Photo courtesy: Variety]

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