Solana Pyne is promoted to video director
Their field work was accompanied Major reports projects that have helped improve our live coverage. The video has shown great initiative in these and other efforts, and much of this work has been highly collaborative, which Solana encouraged. Michael Slackman said: “Solana is an inspirational leader who, in her short time as acting head of the video department, has demonstrated excellent news judgment, a deep commitment to safety and the welfare of talented video staff and a willingness and ability to work closely with other offices to produce reports based on the best of the newsroom. We really look forward to working closely with her for a long time to come.
In her role as Video Director, Solana will oversee the quality of news videos on The Times’ platforms and be responsible for the success of the bureau’s efforts, from news and visual investigations to fieldwork and multimedia. She will also lead the department, working closely with the excellent desk assistants and managers: Mark Scheffler, Mike Schmidt, Sameen Amin, Whitney Hurst, Hanaan Sarhan, David Botti, Rex Sakamoto, Malachy Browne, Zainab Khan and Arman Tabatabai.
Prior to joining The Times, Solana founded and grew Quartz’s video team, developing a vision for strong media coverage and excellent video quality. Prior to that, she was a Senior Correspondent and Senior Producer for GlobalPost. In both places, the work she has created or directed has won a host of accolades, including Murrows, a Peabody, a Polk, a Loeb and an Overseas Press Club Award.
Please join us in congratulating her as she tackles this major role.
—Joe Kahn, Steve Duenes