Billboard Hires Hannah Karp as News Director

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VP Worldwide Digital Music of Amazon Steve Boom, Hannah Karp and Garth Brooks attend 'A Conversation With Garth Brooks and Steve Boom' during SXSW on March 17, 2017 in Austin.

The award-winning reporter joins Billboard from the Wall Street Journal.

Hannah Karp has been named news director at Billboard, bringing more than 20 years of experience and an extensive network within the music industry to the position. 

Karp joins Billboard from the Wall Street Journal, where she covered music, national news, sports, travel and consumer products. She will play a central role in breaking news across Billboard's digital platforms, assembling the magazine's "Topline" section and guiding curation of power lists. 

In this new role, Karp will work closely with Billboard's SVP of content, Mike Bruno. 

"Hannah is one of the world's elite music reporters, with extensive experience covering the music industry and a proven track record of breaking news in the space," said Bruno. "Her skills and experience will be key for Billboard as we continue to fulfill our role as the music industry's publication of record, providing real-time news coverage and analysis to our growing, loyal audience."

Karp has worked in bureaus around the world from Brussels to Sao Paulo, reporting on the financial markets for Dow Jones Newswires. In 2011, she won the Newswoman's Club's Front Page Award for her sports coverage. 

Karp joins The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group at a point of substantial growth and potential, following last year's acquisition of SpinMedia's music media assets: Spin, Vibe and Stereogum. It is now the world's largest music brand by digital traffic, social reach and audience share with 45 million readers a month, reaching one in every three U.S. millennials.