Quartz adds six to its writing

Quartz Editor Katherine bell announced six new additions to the newsroom this spring.

Leslie Nguyen-Okwu joined the Asia team as a reporter based in Taipei; Carlos mureithi joined Quartz Africa as a journalist based in Nairobi; Clarisa diaz joined the Things team as a New York-based reporter; Camille Squires joins as a reporter covering cities, based in San Francisco; Priyanka Vora joined as a New York-based audience writer; and Scott Nover joined as a Washington-based Emerging Industries reporter.

Nguyen-Okwu moved to Taiwan in 2017 and worked freelance for Ozy and other publications writing about Taiwan angst, comics and food, feminism in Vietnam, and speechwriters in Silicon Valley. . She also rose to the other side of the divide as an executive speechwriter herself. Before moving to Asia, she reported on technology in Silicon Valley and beyond after earning a degree in international relations at Stanford. She speaks Vietnamese and Igbo and works on her Mandarin.

Mureithi joins Quartz Africa from the Daily Nation in Nairobi, where he was an online writer on business, human rights, environment, culture and the arts. Her work has also been featured in Quartz, The New York Times, Al Jazeera and Reuters, reporting from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Mexico and South Africa. He holds a BA in Journalism from the United States International University in Nairobi and an MA from the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley, where he was a Mastercard Foundation Fellow. Originally from Kenya, he is fluent in Swahili and Kikuyu.

Diaz comes to New York Public Radio’s Quartz where she reported, wrote, designed and coded for WNYC and Gothamist. Her coverage of New York City’s efforts to shut down peaker factories won a Front Page Award in 2020. In 2017, she won an Edward R. Murrow Award with her colleagues at WNYC for Harlem Heat, a project who has committed with the community to put sensors in their homes to directly collect data on heat and humidity. Prior to journalism, she did research in Santiago as a Fulbright Fellow and worked as a designer and architect in Phnom Penh and Shanghai.

Squires joins as a city-based reporter based in San Francisco. Prior to joining Quartz, Camille was Fact Checker at New York Magazine, and before that was a reporter and associate editor at City Monitor, a city-focused digital publication. She also spent time as a fellow at Mother Jones, teaching English in Argentina and managing material supply chains at McMaster-Carr. Camille studied political science at Georgetown and obtained a Masters in Journalism from DePaul University. Camille starts in mid-June and will report to the Things team leader David Yanofsky.

Vora joins Quartz as a New York-based Audience Editor. Most recently, she was Social Media Manager at GZero Media, and also worked in Audience Engagement at Business Insider, the Financial Times and Axios. Prior to getting involved in hearing work, Priyanka covered health, science and business from Mumbai for media such as Hindustan Times, Scroll and Quartz India. She also worked on an Emmy-nominated documentary on social and economic inequalities in New York City. Priyanka studied communications and law at the University of Mumbai and obtained an MA in Journalism from New York University. It begins in mid-May, under the direction of the editor-in-chief Kira Bindrim.

Nover joins as an emerging industries reporter based in Washington DC. Prior to joining Quartz, Scott covered social media platforms for Adweek and wrote on media, technology and politics for The Atlantic, The Washington Post Magazine, Vox, Fortune and Slate. He also writes a sub-stack on speech and press freedom called Pressing. Nover holds a BA in Political Communication and an MA in Media from George Washington University. It begins at the end of May, under the direction of the assistant editor of emerging industries. Michael J. Coren.

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