Newspaper Publishing Giant Gannett Hires Full Time Taylor Swift Reporter

Newspaper Publishing Giant Gannett Hires Full Time Taylor Swift Reporter

Gannett, the nation’s largest newspaper publisher and owner of USA Today, Nov. 6 announced the hiring of 35-year-old journalist Bryan West as the company’s inaugural full time reporter covering all things related to singer/activist Taylor Swift. Gannett is also hiring a journalist to cover Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.

Bryan West

West, winner of the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award for investigative journalism, will report on Swift for The Tennessean and all USA Today-related media outlets, which includes more than 200 local websites and newspapers across 43 states. West will report on Swift’s influence on music, business and social issues, while also chronicling the latest news from Swift’s concert tour stops, albums and related social media activity.

“Taylor Swift is a singular cultural force who is shaping our world in arguably unprecedented fashion,” Michael Anastasi, Gannett’s VP of local news and the editor of The Tennessean, said in a statement. “Chronicling her story, her impact, her influence takes unique expertise and experience and we’re confident Bryan is the right journalist for this moment.”

Swift, whose concert movie Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour has generated a record $166 million at the domestic box office, is currently continuing the second leg of The Eras Tour concert tour. The singer recently topped $1 billion in personal wealth.

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