ATLANTA (October 24, 2012) – The Weather Channel (TWC) today announced that Neil Katz is joining the company as vice president/editor-in-chief of The Weather Channel digital properties, which include weather.com and its category leading lineup of smartphone and tablet applications. In this newly created role, Katz willown editorial direction of the properties overseeing digital video content, news, lifestyle and sponsored advertising content, supervising all content staff as well as content acquisition and analytics. Katz will report to Cameron Clayton, president of The Weather Channel Digital.
“Neil brings years of digital journalism experience to our team and I am certain his vision for the editorial voice of our properties will resonate with users,” said Clayton. “Our digital properties are a vital tool for consumers during both during severe weather and on sunny days and Neil will build on that leadership.”
Katz joins TWC from The Huffington Post, where as executive news editor he was a part of the senior team that oversees editorial for The Huffington Post. He led the AOL.com editorial team and oversaw The Huffington Post business, tech and crime verticals and the production of several new video series. Previously, Katz spent several years at CBSnews.com as an executive editor and was the founding editor of the CBS News Crimesider site. In addition, he was a field producer for “48 Hours” and a freelance video journalist for The New York Times, PBS, and others.
Prior to his journalism career, Katz was an interactive media art director, producer and entrepreneur. He has art directed online campaigns for clients including Intel, Cuervo, Johnson & Johnson and the American Lung Association. In addition, he founded Merging Media, a digital design firm that produced sites for Nickelodeon, Hasbro, NYU, and others.
A native of New Jersey., Katz has a bachelor’s degree in interactive media from New York University and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. His first day with the company will be November 8.
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