Gina Chon, who stepped down from The Wall Street Journal after details of her relationship with Brett McGurk — who at the time was working with the National Security Council in Iraq — were leaked, is joining Quartz. Chon had been with the Journal since 2005, and was its main reporter in Iraq from 2007 to 2009.
According to Talking Biz News, Chon will work as Quartz’s corporate reporter. “At Quartz, Gina will lead our growing coverage of businesses and their leaders,” wrote Kevin Delaney, the site’s editor-in-chief, in a memo to staff. “We’re looking to her to spot the most interesting and important corporate stories for our global readership, and apply her world-class reporting skills and expert analysis.”
When Chon resigned from the Journal, the paper released a statement explaining that her relationship with McGurk (now her husband) did not impeded her work in any way:
In 2008 Ms. Chon entered into a personal relationship with Mr. McGurk, which she failed to disclose to her editor. At this time the Journal has found no evidence that her coverage was tainted by her relationship with Mr. McGurk.