Amanda Koehn has been named lifestyles editor at the Cleveland Jewish Publication Company, Kevin S. Adelstein, president of the CJPC and publisher and CEO of the Columbus Jewish News, announced Oct. 8.
Koehn, 29, has served as Columbus Bureau Chief, helping to launch the Columbus Jewish News, which debuted on Aug. 9, 2018.
“The Columbus Jewish News launch and evolution over the past year would not have been as successful as it has been without Amanda in the vital role of bureau chief,” Adelstein said. “Under her editorial leadership, our first year in Columbus has been all we hoped and planned for – and more.
“This is an exciting new challenge for Amanda, and I’m confident she will excel in this new role,” Adelstein said. “These magazines have been well received by our loyal readers and valued advertising partners for many years. I know Amanda will bring a fresh perspective and creative instincts that will benefit those audiences as well as attract new audiences and revenue sources.”
Koehn, who joined the CJPC as a staff reporter in September 2016, was promoted to Columbus Bureau Chief, on July 1, 2018. She has been recognized with numerous journalism awards for her writing from Press Club of Cleveland, American Jewish Press Association, Associated Press Media Editors and Society of Professional Journalists, in which she was awarded Best in Ohio for K-12 education issues reporting, minority issues reporting and religion reporting in 2019.
She received a master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., in 2016 and also has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the College of Wooster in Wooster.
A Cleveland Heights resident, she enjoys running, yoga, reading and cooking.
Koehn replaces Michael C. Butz, who was lifestyles editor since the position was created in 2014. He recently left the company.
Adelstein also announced the hiring of Abby Cymerman as the new Columbus Bureau Chief, effective Oct. 11.
Cymerman, 46, is an award-winning journalist who was managing editor and assistant editor of Akron Life Magazine, assistant editor of the Akron Jewish News, associate editor of Smart Business and a freelance writer for Ohio Magazine and the West Side Leader.
She graduated from Ohio University in Athens with a Bachelor of Science degree in magazine journalism.
“The Central Ohio Jewish community has been quick to support and embrace Amanda,” Adelstein said. “Abby has been an avid reader of the Cleveland Jewish News for many years, and is quite familiar with our editorial standards. I am confident the community will adapt as quickly to her. Abby is eager to pick up where Amanda will leave off, as she quickly gets acclimated with Central Ohio’s vibrant Jewish community.”
Cymerman enjoys cooking and hunting for obscure ingredients at the West Side Market in Cleveland and Columbus’ North Market. She and her husband, Aron, live in Akron with their children, Hayley, 15, and Matthew, 11.