Free Press promotes 3 seasoned journalists to editor-in-chief

Three Free Press editors have been promoted to editor, announced Peter Bhatia, Free Press editor and vice president.

Anjanette Delgado oversees Free Press’ digital operations as well as breaking news and trends, sports, photography and video, data and entertainment reporting. During her four years at the Free Press, she helped make it one of the best national examples of a digital news mentality. She created an audio department, spearheaded the launch of four podcasts as well as voice news for smart speakers and was named one of “Gannett’s Greatest” in 2021 for leading the room’s subscriber model. of writing. Delgado came to the Free Press four years ago from the Journal News in Westchester, New York. She is a contributor to the Norman Lear Center’s Media Impact Project at the University of Southern California and sits on the Local News Advisory Board of the Columbia Journalism School’s Brown Institute for Media Innovation. She graduated from Jamestown College in her native North Dakota.

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James Hill was promoted to editor.

James Hill has been at the Free Press for 22 years. Hill covered higher education, then City Hall, before moving into the publishing ranks. He was also a columnist and served on the editorial board. For the past 10 years, Hill has overseen political coverage, city and suburban news, led diversity recruitment efforts and DEI initiatives at the Free Press, coordinated the newsroom’s internship program and more recently designed and launched Detroit Is, the Free Press initiative aimed at providing global coverage of the city. Hill was born and raised in Detroit – and is a die-hard Lions fan. He is a graduate of the Journalism Institute for Media Diversity at Wayne State University. A member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Hill has been a guest speaker for numerous community events and has mentored aspiring journalists in Michigan and beyond.

Jim Schaefer was promoted to editor.

Jim Schaefer worked nearly 30 years at the Free Press and shared a 2009 Pulitzer Prize with reporting partner ML Elrick for their watchdog coverage of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. Schaefer held a variety of positions at the Free Press, including editor, page designer, and most of the time as an investigative reporter and columnist. In 2017, he became investigative editor, supervising a team of reporters. In 2020, he became senior news director, overseeing multiple coverage areas. Schaefer will continue to oversee automobiles, business coverage, education reporting, the newspaper’s investigative work and a soon-to-be-created reporting team dedicated to environment, climate change and health coverage. . He is originally from Ohio and graduated from Ohio State University.

“The Free Press is fortunate to have such exceptional leaders and journalists in its ranks. These promotions formalize the roles they take on every day in leading our news operations and recognize their contributions to the exceptional journalism our colleagues produce and the tremendous growth we have seen in our digital audience and digital subscriptions, Bhatia said.

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