• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

PlanPhilly has a new managing editor: Ariella Cohen

As interim Managing Editor, I'm thrilled to announce that Ariella Cohen is the new Managing Editor for PlanPhilly.

Ariella is an award-winning journalist with more than a decade of experience reporting on urban development, planning, and politics. She joins WHYY from Next City, where she is editor-in-chief of the country's leading independent online urban policy website. She has been with the Philadelphia-based national publication since 2012. In 2009, Ariella co-founded The Lens, a nationally recognized, investigative news website covering New Orleans. She started her career as a staff reporter for the Brooklyn Paper in New York. 

Ariella was hired after an exhaustive, six-month long search. In the end, Ariella's deep expertise in PlanPhilly's coverage areas and experience growing audiences in a niche field separated her from the dozens of other well-qualified candidates. 

Ariella begins as Managing Editor on January 2, 2018. I will happily return to fulltime coverage of transportation issues and the built environment.

About the author

Jim Saksa, Interim Managing Editor

Jim Saksa is PlanPhilly's multi-modal transportation reporter and interim managing editor. As a reporter, he's focused on how Philly gets bikes, walks, drives, rolls, and rides around the region. 

Jim lives in Point Breeze and has also written for Slate, Philadelphia City Paper, and Technical.ly Philly. He tweets @Saksappeal and you can reach him at jsaksa@whyy.org.


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