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Michelle Tafoya to Be Keynote Interview at a Podcasting Conference

Radio Ink announced that Tafoya would be a keynote interview as part of The Radio Ink/Podcast Business Journal virtual podcast conference

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It’s been a busy week for former Sunday Night Football sideline reporter Michelle Tafoya. First, she’s back in the media business, as this week she announced a new podcast with Salem Podcast Network; now, she will be a keynote interview. 

Radio Ink announced that Tafoya would be a keynote interview as part of The Radio Ink/Podcast Business Journal virtual podcast conference held on July 18th and July 20th from 9 AM to 2 PM.

The conference is called “How to Make Real Money Podcasting,” with the second annual event hosted by Radio Ink & Podcast Business Journal Editor Ed Ryan. 

Tafoya is now in the podcasting business herself, hosting her new show called “Sideline Sanity,” which will debut on May 23rd and concentrate on life, politics, and world news with four episodes airing each week. 

“I’m thrilled to launch my first podcast with the Salem Podcast Network,” Tafoya said. “It’s exciting to join the chorus of talented Salem voices discussing the historic issues facing America and the world.”

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Twitter Announces the Exit of Two Senior Leaders, Hiring Freeze

CNN relayed the information regarding the company’s decision to part ways with two leaders and having a partial hiring freeze as the company transitions over to Elon Musk.

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As Twitter begins the transition over to Elon Musk as its new owner, changes are occurring within the social media platform. CNN relayed the information regarding the company’s decision to part ways with two leaders.

Twitter’s general manager of consumer, Kayvon Beykpour, and revenue product lead, Bruce Falck, announced their exits from the company on Thursday. Beykpour, who has been with the company for seven years, stated his departure was not his decision.

“This isn’t how and when I imagined leaving Twitter … [Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal] asked me to leave after letting me know that he wants to take the team in a different direction,” Beykpour said. 

“I wanted to take a moment to thank all the teams and partners I’ve been lucky enough to work with during the past 5 years. Building and running these businesses is a team sport,” Falck tweeted regarding his departure from the company. 

Furthermore, with two senior leaders now gone, Twitter is also implementing a hiring freeze except for “business critical” positions and pulling back on other non-labor costs. 

The latest shifts within Twitter on Thursday likely added a feeling of suspense among some employees since Musk announced his $44 billion takeover agreement last month.

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Former CNN Host Rick Sanchez Has Debut Date for New Podcast

Sanchez will provide his unique insights about the demise of his former network’s streaming service, CNN+ in the first episode. 

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In March, former CNN host and producer at Fox News, Rick Sanchez, announced that he was launching his podcast network called Agua Media, with “The Rick Sanchez L’Attitude” being the flagship show. 

The marquee show now has a debut date as Sanchez’s show will launch on May 17th, where his first guest will be Jeff Valdez, Showrunner for the HBO Max show, “The Garcias.” Furthermore, he will also provide his unique insights about the demise of his former network’s streaming service, CNN+. 

“Despite the decline in media coverage of English-speaking Latinos in the United States, Latino+™ podcast listeners are growing year after year,” Sanchez said in a press release obtained by Barrett News Media

With 60.5 million Hispanic Americans representing close to 20% of the entire U.S. population, Agua Media’s debut podcast aims to reach this New American Mainstream by putting Latino+™ stories at the forefront of its portfolio.”

Along with the debut date for his show, Sanchez’s following two episodes will air on May 31st and June 14th. He will be discussing Latinos in the military and those in the entrepreneurial business with Jerry Porras.

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The Washington Post Opens a New Bureau in Kyiv

Isabelle Khurshudyan will be heading the coverage as Ukraine bureau chief and Max Bearak serving as chief Ukraine correspondent.

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The war between Russia and Ukraine remains ongoing. As a result, The Washington Post intends to be one of the news media outlets for go-to information regarding reporting or in-depth stories on the conflict.

With this goal in mind, The Post announced that they’re establishing a new division in Kyiv, with Isabelle Khurshudyan heading the coverage as Ukraine bureau chief and Max Bearak serving as chief Ukraine correspondent.

“For many months, The Post has dedicated significant resources to covering the increasing tensions along Ukraine’s Russian border and, ultimately, the ensuing Russian invasion,” Foreign Editor Douglas Jehl said. 

“As the war enters a prolonged phase, this bureau will allow us to maintain our intensive on-the-ground reporting and ensure that we continue to deliver the distinctive and authoritative journalism that readers around the world count on us for.”

Khurshudyan, a former Moscow correspondent, has been in Ukraine since January reporting on the conflict, and Bearak, former Nairobi bureau chief, has reported there for two months. 

Both will lead a team comprised of Ukraine-based contributing reporter David Stern and rotating correspondents, photographers, and video journalists.

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