From White House Intern to Quartz Photo Editor

Johnny Simon, previously photo editor at Mashable, is one of a half-dozen hires and promotions announced today.

Today, Quartz editor in chief Kevin Delaney sent the troops an action-packed staffing email, detailing hires that span the summer and fall, and the website’s offices in New York, San Francisco, London and Hong Kong.

Joining the company next week here in New York will be photo editor Johnny Simon (pictured) and ideas editor Georgia Frances King. King is a native of Australia, while Simon – per our headline – started out back in 2009 with just about the most impressive summer internship possible. From the memo:

Simon is joining Quartz as our photo editor, working from New York starting July 5 and will report to Caitlin Hu. Johnny most recently was a photo editor at Mashable, where his work was included for recognition as Best Group Editing Portfolio by Pictures of the Year International 2016. Before that, he was a picture editor at MSNBC and Slate, and an intern at the White House. He holds a bachelor’s degree in visual communication from Ohio University.

King is joining our NYC staff starting July 6 as an Ideas editor, reporting to Paul Smalera. For the past three years, Georgia has been editor of Kinfolk, the influential “slow lifestyle” magazine from Portland, Oregon, known for its distinctive design aesthetic and its cultivation of a higher emotional quality of life. Before Kinfolk, she was second-in-command at frankie, an Australian magazine devoted to design, art, photography, and crafts, where she wrote articles, commissioned outside writers and oversaw its website. An Australian by birth, Georgia has also lived in India, Japan and Denmark, and speaks Japanese. She has a bachelor’s in communications from RMIT in Melbourne.

Simon is the first full-time addition to Quartz’s photo department. Up to now, there have only been a pair of New York interns.

Also set to start in New York the following Monday, July 11, is Sari Zeidler as global growth editor. Her time here will be relatively short, however, as she is moving to the London office in that capacity in the fall:

Zeidler most recently developed and led the first social media strategy for BBC Worldwide’s features section in London, where she was responsible for a cumulative Facebook audience of more than 10 million and a Webby award-winning BBC Earth Instagram account. Sari also wrote for the BBC website and was earlier a digital producer for the USA Network and homepage producer at CNN. Sari has a bachelor’s in English from SUNY Albany and speaks Italian.

The other hires announced by Delaney today are: Elijah Wolfson, who starts July 25 in San Francisco as deputy editor for health and science coverage (he is currently at Newsweek); and on that same date in London, Eshe Nelson officially moves over from Bloomberg to serve as the site’s markets and economics reporter.

Finally, Quartz Silicon Valley correspondent Alice Truong has been promoted to deputy growth editor for Asia and India. She will head to Hong Kong in the fall, where she previously worked for the Wall Street Journal, to help Heather Timmons and Diksha Madhok expand the Asia imprint. She speaks both Cantonese and Fujian-Hokkien.

Simon was a White House photo intern from May through August of 2009. Among other things, this stint allowed him when asked that year what he did over the summer to answer: “I managed the White House’s Flickr account.”

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.
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