Pensions & Investments has added three new staff members to its team of award- winning editors and writers.
Gennady Kolker has been named audience development editor at Pensions & Investments. Mr. Kolker was most recently director of premium content packaging at the Bleacher Report, a website featuring sports content where he spent four years overseeing content strategy and distribution of premium content across owned and operated channels and social platforms that reached more than 90 million users.
Prior to that, he was a growth editor at Home Box Office Inc., where he bolstered marketing efforts with data-driven insights to support quality programming such as "Game of Thrones," "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" and "Real Time with Bill Maher."
Mr. Kolker also led media relations at the Guardian U.S., the New York-based online arm of the U.K.'s The Guardian, where he was one of a handful of team members who were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for public service journalism for the Edward Snowden story.
Mr. Kolker is based in New York and can be reached at [email protected].
Also, Michael Thrasher has joined P&I as a senior reporter covering asset management.
Mr. Thrasher was previously a reporter and editor at Institutional Investor's RIA Intel. Before that, he reported for wealthmanagement.com, where he covered industry trends and some of the largest wealth managers, including groups within Morgan Stanley, UBS Group AG, Wells Fargo & Co., and Bank of America Corp.
He is a native of Akron, Ohio, and a graduate of Ohio University, where he received his undergraduate degree in English. Mr. Thrasher is based in New York and can be reached at [email protected].
Additionally, Courtney Degen has joined the staff as a reporter in Washington, where she will cover breaking news on regulatory and legislative developments. Ms. Degen recently graduated with a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, specializing in politics, policy and foreign affairs. While in the school's Washington-based program, she covered politics and policy-related issues for a wide variety of publications, including the Wisconsin State Journal, UPI and USA Today.
Ms. Degen received her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2021, where she studied journalism and political science. As an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she also worked as a reporter for Madison Commons, a local news source centered on community issues. Ms. Degen first moved to Washington in January 2020, when she interned for the Department of Justice, Office of Public Affairs. She can be reached at [email protected].