Journal’s New York Section to Feature Reporting on Crime, Society

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We hear the staffing at the Journal's upcoming New York section, set to launch April 26, is almost complete. Though it's still in flux and likely will be for a while, we hear there are at least fifteen beat reporters on staff for the new section specifically, preparing for their debut, along with a small handful of young general-assignment reporters. Here are some new names we've heard, most of whom already have had bylines in the paper on these beats:

Sean Gardiner: Cops reporter. Formerly of the Village Voice.
Joel Stonington: Cops reporter. Previously at the Journal and briefly at the Times's City Room blog.
Josh Barbanel: Real Estate reporter. Recently laid off from the Times.
Craig Karmin: Real Estate reporter. Longtime Journal reporter.
Marshall Heyman: Society columnist. Formerly of W magazine.

Those five come on top of the following men and women who have already been reportedly recruited by section editor John Seeley (and Journal sports editor Sam Walker):

Michael Saul: City Hall reporter. Formerly of the Daily News.
Jacob Gershman: Albany reporter. Formerly of New York and the New York Sun.
Sumathi Reddy: Restaurant reporter. Formerly of Newsday.
Pia Catton: Culture reporter. Formerly of Politico and the New York Sun.
Erica Orden: Culture reporter. Formerly of New York and the Sun.
Jim Baumbach: Yankees. Formerly of Newsday.
Mike Sielski: Mets. Formerly of Calkins Media.
Aditi Kinkhabwala: Football. Formerly of the Bergen County Record and the BigEastSportsBlog.
Scott Cacciola: Basketball. Formerly of the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
Sophia Hollander: Sports. Formerly of the New York Times.

(Ryan Sager, another Sun vet, who was reported to be hired to this section, will actually be working elsewhere at the Journal.) The Journal did not yet respond to a query about the above list. With general-assignment reporters, the reporter tally is reaching around twenty strong — and, according to sources, still growing.