Former Wall Street Journal deputy managing editor joins Gates Foundation

Gabriella Stern is the nonprofit's new director of media and external relations after a career of more than two decades at Dow Jones.

WASHINGTON: Gabriella Stern, former deputy managing editor and editor of strategic initiatives at The Wall Street Journal, has joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as director of media and external relations.

Stern tweeted about taking the role on Monday evening.

The Journal named Stern deputy managing editor in 2012. She worked at Dow Jones for nearly 25 years since the company hired her as a member of the WSJ’s Pittsburgh bureau. She also held senior editorial roles of increasing scope at Dow Jones Newswires. Earlier in her career, Stern was a reporter at the Omaha World-Herald, according to her LinkedIn account.

Last month, Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief Gerard Baker circulated a memo lauding Stern's dedication to the company, calling her "an inspirational colleague and mentor."

"Her robust intelligence, tenacity, and self-effacement have been invaluable as we have navigated some exciting but turbulent times," he wrote.

A Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation representative could not be immediately reached for comment.

In late 2014, Miguel Veiga-Pestana joined the Gates Foundation as its CCO. Its former comms chief, Kate James, joined education and publishing company Pearson in January 2014.

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