Ad Age is investing in its Chicago bureau with the addition of two new reporters, as well as the promotion of E.J. Schultz to bureau chief.
The Chicago bureau, already home to Ad Age's Datacenter, has been a stronghold for the Ad Age brand for years. "Between major marketers and some of the most storied ad agencies in the country, Chicago has always been an extremely important city in our space. And it's likely to become more important as its budding tech scene comes into its own," said Ad Age Editor Ken Wheaton.
Mr. Schultz joined Ad Age five years ago and covers packaged food, beverage and sports marketing. During his time with Ad Age, he has been recognized with the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award for best range of work by a single author, as well as a Best in Business award for a feature story from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Prior to joining Ad Age, E.J. worked for McClatchy newspapers, including the Fresno Bee where he covered business, state government and politics, and the Island Packet in Hilton Head, South Carolina. He has a Master's Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Xavier University.
Joining Mr. Schultz in Chicago are Jessica Wohl, who will be covering food marketing, and George Slefo, who will be covering ad-tech and consumer electronics marketing.
Ms. Wohl joins Ad Age from the Chicago Tribune, where she has been covering restaurant and food marketing, most notably the ins and outs of McDonald's rebranding efforts. Prior to that, she spent 14 years at Reuters in a variety of roles. While at Reuters, she covered the world's largest retail chains and consumer companies, with an emphasis on Walmart and Procter & Gamble. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism & Mass Media and Sociology from Rutgers University.
Mr. Slefo joins Ad Age from the Chicago Sun-Times, where he reported on a variety of topics including crime, lawsuits and business. Prior to that, he was a senior editor at Al Bawaba News in Amman, Jordan and an editor at Huffington Post Media Group. Mr. Slefo served in the United States Army Reserve from 2001 to 2009 and handled military constituent services as an intern for then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama in 2008. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago.