Michael Zennie

Michael Zennie is an editor and writer in New York. He is currently News Director for People.com.




New York, N.Y.

June 2015-Present

  • Run day-to-day editorial operations as News Director for People.com – 60 million monthly unique visitors
  • Lead coverage of breaking and ongoing news stories using reporters and editors across the United States and around the world
  • Supervise 50 editors and reporters covering entertainment, politics, crime and human interest stories for the largest online entertainment news brand in the United States
  • Work with video editors to help direct digital and social video coverage across the site
  • Grew Apple News audience three-fold in six months, to 7 million monthly visitors
  • Oversaw five-fold growth in revenue from editorial partnerships in eight months
  • Write and re-write dozens of headlines a day for punch, length and SEO
  • Assist in developing social media strategy and managing social media team
  • Assign, direct and edit news stories with a focus on improving accuracy and clarity
  • Oversee coverage of issue-based stories, including an investigation of the first female U.S. Army Ranger School graduates that drove 1 million readers to People.com
  • Coordinate with senior magazine editors to produce digital coverage and translate stories from print to online
  • Responsible for managing and directing all stages of the editorial process: pitching and developing story ideas; reporting, writing and editing copy; crafting headlines; working with legal counsel; selecting photos; and producing video content

Daily Mail Online

New York, N.Y.

November 2011-May 2015

  • Assistant U.S. News Editor for the world’s largest English-language newspaper website - 200 million monthly unique visitors
  • Trained U.S. staffers on new content management system and served as editorial liaison to technical team
  • Vetted, trained and oriented new reporters
  • Scoured wide variety of online and offline news sources to find and assign stories for team of six to 10 reporters on nights and weekends
  • Wrote and re-wrote headlines and edited copy for 20 to 30 stories per day
  • Coordinated show business coverage with reporters and editors in London, New York, Los Angeles and Sydney as editor of "right rail of fame"
  • Made live national TV appearances as a representative of Daily Mail Online
  • Broke major national news stories by obtaining exclusive interviews and photos
  • Traveled to cover major events in highly competitive news environments
  • Previously served as Senior Writer and covered wide range of topics – from politics to crime, entertainment and science
  • Was responsible for all aspects of publishing stories online – including obtaining pictures and video, reporting, writing the copy and fact-checking
  • Negotiated usage and copyright issues for pictures and video footage

Fayetteville Observer

Fayetteville, N.C.

June 2010-October 2011

  • Covered rapidly developing county for 55,000-circulation regional newspaper
  • Covered death penalty trial of gunman convicted of killing eight people in nursing home mass shooting
  • Regularly used social media for live tweeting and to interact with readers

Journal Gazette

Fort Wayne, Ind.

November 2008-June 2010

  • Covered police beat at 65,000-circulation newspaper in competitive news market
  • Served as a weekend website editor

Banner Graphic

Greencastle, Ind.

August-January 2007

  • Developed stories at 6,500-circulation newspaper that led to state investigation of sheriff. He was indicted and served time in federal prison
  • Reported on the health department’s discovery of a deer carcass in a popular local restaurant as well as previous violations. The restaurant later closed


Indiana University, Bloomington

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, 2008

  • Concentration in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures with focus on Arabic language
  • Served as editor-in-chief of award-winning student newspaper, the Indiana Daily Student