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Koa Beck, who was named editor-in-chief of Jezebel late last year, has announced several new hires to the site’s staff, including:

Tracy Clark-Flory is joining the site as a senior writer based in San Francisco covering a range of topics from sexism in Silicon Valley to sex workers’ rights and the porn industry. Tracy has spent most of her career covering sex, gender, feminism, and technology. She previously worked as a senior staff writer at Salon where she edited and wrote for the site’s feminist blog Broadsheet. Most recently, Tracy was a senior staff writer at Vocativ. She has also written for Cosmopolitan, Elle, Esquire, Glamour, Marie Claire, Men’s Health, and Women’s Health among other publications.


Katie McDonough has been named senior editor for Jezebel. She joins Jez from its sibling site Splinter where she covered how politics intersects with other things: power and identity, labor and health policy, and the many ways we live right now. Before that, she wrote about the couches of Mad Men (and eventually politics) for Salon. In her new role, Katie will oversee the breadth, tone, and coverage of Jezebel’s politics vertical, The Slot, editing and writing in addition to reporting long-form politics features.

Ashley Reese joins Jezebel as a staff writer. Ashley has written about a range of topics from racism, feminism, and police brutality to sexuality, romance, health, and beauty. Ashley most recently wrote for The Gloss where her column, Accidental Virgin, has offered a candid take on sex, dating, and any topic one can think of from her perspective as a 20-something-year-old virgin. Ashley has also written for and contributed to, Rookie, Teen Vogue, Vulture, i-D, and more.

These new additions to the Jezebel masthead follow several recent promotions: Julianne Escobedo Shepherd was upped to Deputy Editor; Joanna Rothkopf transitioned into a new role as Senior Editor where she is primarily working on her own long-form reporting; and Madeleine Davies was promoted to Managing Editor, where she will oversee day-to-day site logistics and special site coverage for theme weeks and packages.

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