Announcement from Video Editor Micah Gelman, Deputy Video Editor Phoebe Connelly and Executive Producer of Creative Video Michelle Jaconi:
The video team is excited to announce our first four on-camera host/editors. As we announced earlier this year, these digital hosts will be the faces and voices of new dedicated coverage areas for video.
Mary Beth Albright joins the team as Host/Editor, Food.
Mary Beth Albright is a food expert with broad experience, from National Geographic writer to finalist on Food Network Star, where she competed on Iron Chef America. After competing for four months, Chef Bobby Flay commented that Mary Beth “speaks so well about food, she makes us fall in love with food even more.”
She is a trusted, grounded voice in the Washington food world and a “well-rounded food person,” according to the James Beard Foundation. Mary Beth’s judging expertise is sought regularly, including the time she ate 2,000 food items in three days to judge the Outstanding New Products Awards.
Her passion for good food grew from her mentor, the legendary Surgeon General C. Everett Koop. After 15 years of working with Dr. Koop on health and food issues, and attending Georgetown Law at night, Mary Beth worked at Williams & Connolly and advised clients and companies on food and sustainability issues.
Mary Beth lives in Washington with her husband Craig and eight-year-old son Truman. She begins August 7.
Libby Casey joins the team as Host/Editor, Politics & Accountability.
Libby Casey is an award-winning TV and radio journalist who loves a good conversation. As host of The Washington Post’s Facebook Live videos since last October, she has anchored our inauguration coverage, interviewed senators, and crawled into a space capsule to meet an astronaut.
Prior to joining The Post, Libby was Al Jazeera America’s Washington correspondent covering Congress and politics including the 2016 presidential race. She also anchored news shows at AJAM and worked on documentary projects covering climate change in Alaska and the hidden opioid crisis among elderly Americans.
Libby spent her early years in D.C. as an anchor of C-SPAN’s morning call-in show Washington Journal, fielding thousands of calls from viewers and interviewing journalists and newsmakers. She started her career in public radio in Alaska where she lived for a decade, making her a go-to expert on dog mushing and reporting at 20 degrees below zero. Besides her journalism jobs Libby spent years working on a remote Alaskan potato farm and a summer as a caricature artist. She’s a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and was on the journalism faculty at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She lives in Washington with her family. Libby begins immediately.
Nicole Ellis joins the team as Host/Editor, Inspired Life.
Nicole joins us from CNN where she worked in the “Heroes” unit, telling the stories of everyday people having extraordinary impact.
In addition to being a writer and producer, Nicole directed her own documentary, “Blind Date,” which explores dating in the age of Tinder through the lives of the visually impaired. The documentary was shown at the 2016 NYC DOC film festival.
Nicole earned her undergraduate and Master’s degrees from Columbia University, earning honors in video storytelling and documentary film from Columbia Journalism School. A native of Texas, Nicole spent two years travelling the world, reaching 23 countries and documenting her adventures on her website. Nicole begins August 7.
Hannah Jewell joins the team as Host/Editor, Pop Culture.
Hannah joins us from BuzzFeed UK, where she is a senior staff writer. Hannah graduated with honors from UC Berkeley, with a degree in Middle Eastern Studies and a minor in Theater. She studied in Lebanon and spent six years learning Arabic.
Hannah worked as a research assistant to Ira Lapidus, professor emeritus of history at UC Berkeley, helping him update his “A History of Islamic Societies,” before moving to London to get an MPhil in International Relations and Politics from Cambridge.
Hannah then “made her first meme,” and became adept at writing viral posts for BuzzFeed. She appeared on air in BuzzFeed live video events, including their election night special. Hannah is a dual citizen of The United States and the United Kingdom. She is also writing a humor book about women’s history for Hodder & Stoughton. Hannah begins August 21.