Veteran journalist Joel Dreyfuss will take over the post on December 7, a company spokesperson confirmed yesterday.
Dreyfuss, a co-founder of the National Association of Black Journalists and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, was most recently the editor-in-chief of Red Herring, Inc. Throughout the course of his 30+ year career, he has worked at Fortune magazine, PC Magazine, Black Enterprise magazine, Urban Box Office, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, The New York Post and Bloomberg. He has also served as USA TODAY‘s New York Bureau chief and worked as a news producer for San Francisco TV station KPIX and on-air reporter for Northern California public broadcasting net KQED.
“Joel Dreyfuss will certainly bring vast knowledge and extensive creativity to his position as managing editor, and we’re thrilled to welcome him to The Root as we enter this next phase of success,” the company said.
Smith, who joined The Root over the summer after Vibe folded in June, decided to leave the Washington, D.C.-based Web site in October due to issues having to do with her commute from her home in New York.
Read more: The Root Picks Journalism Vet Joel Dreyfuss –Journal-isms
Earlier: Former Vibe Editor Leaves The Root
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