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Kristen Go named executive editor for news and initiatives at USA TODAY

USA TODAY has promoted Kristen Go to executive editor for news and initiatives, a move that elevates her to the newsroom’s highest-ranking position

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USA TODAY has promoted Kristen Go to executive editor for news and initiatives, a move that elevates her to the newsroom’s highest-ranking positions.

Go will supervise teams covering consumer news and technology, life and entertainment, travel, education, and enterprise reporting focused on equity issues such as race, identity and social justice. She will report to Editor-in-Chief Nicole Carroll.

In addition, USA TODAY on Friday announced new senior leadership roles for three other journalists:

  • Kristen DelGuzzi, who becomes managing editor for opinion.
  • Michelle Maltais, who becomes managing editor for consumer news.
  • Caren Bohan, who becomes managing editor for politics and Washington.

Carroll said the promotions and new senior roles will help give editors more breathing room “to do bold, ambitious work.”

“We’re covering once-in-a-lifetime stories that are reshaping the nation,” she said. “We need hard-charging editors at the top to help us meet the moment.”

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Kristen Go has been named executive editor for news and initiatives for USA TODAY

Go joined USA TODAY in 2018 to co-lead national news coverage. Reporters and editors under her direction exposed deadly and dangerous conditions in migrant detention centers and revealed how racist policies of the past and present fueled COVID-19 deaths in communities of color, among other enterprise projects. She also oversaw an ambitious international project – “1619: Searching for Answers” – that recounted the first enslaved Africans brought to the English-speaking colonies that became America and the deep, ongoing impact since then.

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