New Roles at ABC News Digital

This morning ABC News Digital's Executive Producer Lea Ann Leming made the following announcement about the ABC News Digital Editorial Team:

I have some exciting news to report about the ABC News Digital Editorial Team.

Eric Noe has been promoted to Managing Editor, ABC News Digital. In this role Eric will lead our news coverage across our online and mobile platforms. Eric started his career here as a general assignment reporter in 2004 and has shown himself to be an impeccable journalist and a strong leader. He has had an instrumental role in making the Yahoo!-ABC News Network the #1 source of news and information online. I'm confident we'll continue to expand our reach and take our original reporting to new heights under Eric's expert guidance.

Ali Gazan has been promoted to Head of Lifestyle, ABC News Digital, and will work closely with Ad Sales. She will continue to lead on Yahoo! and will expand her oversight to include the entertainment, travel and lifestyle verticals within Ali has helped make the #1 morning television news site, far outpacing the competition. We expect great things from Ali and her team as we build out even more engaging content in these key areas.

John Shehata, Executive Director of SEO, will expand his role to serve various teams within DATG Digital Media. He will continue to lead SEO for ABC News Digital, a job he has done with tremendous results, and will also consult for Video Platforms & Product, and ABC product teams. This larger scope is recognition of John's expert SEO contributions to Due to the skillful and savvy efforts of John and his team, our search and social traffic has grown exponentially, helping us achieve our leadership position in the online news marketplace.

Andrew Springer has been promoted to Senior Editor, Social Media, ABC News. In this role Andrew will lead all social media efforts across the news division. As Social Media Producer for broadcast news, Andrew has taken the lead in social newsgathering efforts during breaking news and special events, creating the division's first Social Media Desk during Hurricane Sandy. Additionally, Andrew developed Good Morning America's social media presence, which has surpassed 1 million fans on Facebook and almost 2 million followers on Twitter. Now he'll have a direct role in helping all our programs develop an even stronger presence online and expand the content of our flagship ABC News Digital social accounts.

Katie Moisse has been promoted to Health Editor. Katie came to ABC News as an associate producer in the medical unit before taking on the role of health producer at She's a graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism with a Masters in Neuroscience and a PhD in Pathology. Look for more news from Katie's team soon!

Eric, Ali, John, and Andrew will report to me. Katie will report to Eric and continue to work closely with Dan Childs. Please join me in congratulating them all on their well earned promotions.

And finally a big thank you to Laiea Smith for all her work at ABC News and In the past two years she's steered through a time of major transformation and growth, and during her time at ABC, she's made major contributions to many shows and platforms. She was often the first to arrive and the last to leave each day. We wish her well on her new adventures.

Lea Ann


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