Independent Journal Review (IJR), the most engaged news site in the United States, announced the addition of eight new team members, building out its editorial staff, as well as adding to its video team.
“2016 was IJR’s first election cycle as a company and it didn’t disappoint. After co-hosting a presidential debate, leading all publishers as the most engaged news site this election, and covering the prospects of a Trump presidency seriously, I’m excited about 2017 and our future. These eight new hires represent our continued effort to build a top notch editorial staff with a mix of backgrounds and geographic perspectives,” stated Alex Skatell, IJR Founder and CEO.
The hiring of several new writers also coincides with a growing national footprint for IJR in several communities across the country, including Texas, Florida, South Carolina, Utah, Arizona, New Jersey, New York and more.
New IJR hires include:
Cassandra Webb, Deputy Editor
Cassandra serves as the deputy editor of culture and entertainment at IJR. She earned her B.A. in Journalism from Angelo State University, and received her M.A. in Journalism from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Since then, Cassandra has worked in public relations, marketing, and television news.
Stephen Kruiser, Weekend Editor
Stephen Kruiser is a professional stand-up comic and writer. A lifelong activist, he began blogging about politics in 2001, most recently having been a daily contributor to PJ Media and the American Spectator. When not writing, he has had the honor of traveling the world entertaining U.S. troops.
Mauricio Ventura, Junior Video Producer
Mauricio Ventura is a junior video producer for IJR. Originally from Washington, D.C, Mauricio earned his B.A. in Cinema Arts & Sciences from Columbia College Chicago. With a background in narrative storytelling, he has photographed three independent feature films, and most recently worked as an assistant cameraman on NBC’s crime show, “Disappeared.”
Angie McPherson, Writer
Angie McPherson has more than five years of experience working in journalism and communications. She was previously a special initiatives producer at United Nations Foundation (UNF). Before that she worked as an associate producer for National Geographic, where she helped launch various digital projects for the magazine.
Jenni Fink, Writer
Jenni joins IJR as a writer focusing on political and news commentary. She received a B.A. in Communications from the University of Arizona, and was a top-10 community contributor for BuzzFeed. Jenni recently published “Sentenced to Life,” a fiction novel depicting life after college, which was featured on Fox News’s “The Five.”
Sarah Caskie, Writer
Sarah joins IJR as a writer for the culture and entertainment team. She has written for publications like Thought Catalog and Alternative Press Magazine. Sarah graduated cum laude from Penn State University in 2015 with a degree in Journalism.
Kathleen Gaeta, Writer
Kathleen joins IJR as a writer for the culture and entertainment team. She previously lived in New York City and was a contributor for Fusion and various other websites.
Shannon Alexander, Writer
Shannon Alexander is a new writer for IJR’s team. Her career began as a country radio morning show co-host at Rubber City Radio Group’s 94.9 WQMX in Akron, Ohio. Her other stops in radio include iHeartRadio’s 96.9 WKKT in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The announcement of a growing editorial team comes after an impressive lead up to the presidential election in November 2016, where IJR average Facebook engagement for the site’s political coverage nearly doubled that of any other news site, according to NewsWhip, including The New York Times, BuzzFeed, CNN, and others.
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