Veteran Journalist Cristi Kempf Joins PCMA-Convene As Executive Editor


PCMA-Convene has named veteran journalist Cristi Kempf as Executive Editor. Kempf joins PCMA-Convene from the Chicago Tribune and tronc (formerly Tribune Publishing), where she was in the masthead position of Associate Managing Editor for Editing and Presentation, and then Executive Director of tronc’s new Design and Production Studio.

Reporting to PCMA-Convene Editor-in-Chief Michelle Russell, Kempf will play a key role in PCMA-Convene’s content and engagement strategy. With a view of content across the editorial, education, events and marketing departments, she will oversee a daily and long-term editorial calendar across channels, including helping to plan and execute the print edition of Convene.

“Cristi adds a deep experience and expertise to our award-winning PCMA-Convene editorial team,” said Joycelyn Winnecke, Executive Vice President and General Manager/Media Group. “She comes at an exciting time, as we develop new ways to engage with our audiences.”

Kempf previously worked at the Chicago Sun-Times as Assistant City Editor and Features Editor, and as a reporter at Radio Vatican and Editor-in-Chief for E-Systems and Networking Magazine when she lived in Rome for several years. She’s written and overseen coverage of food, travel, entertainment and national and international news.

Kempf will be based in the Chicago headquarters office, bringing her love of travel, coffee and Rome to her PCMA-Convene features.


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