Staff changes at the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle
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Staff changes at the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle

Pittsburgh's Jewish newspaper experiences personnel shuffle.

Toby Tabachnick. Photo courtesy of Toby Tabachnick
Toby Tabachnick. Photo courtesy of Toby Tabachnick

The Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle is pleased to announce several staff changes. Liz Spikol, who previously served as acting editor-in-chief of the paper, was named editorial director effective March 1, 2020. The Philadelphia native is also editorial director for the Maryland-based Mid-Atlantic Media, which contracts with the Chronicle. She holds an undergraduate degree in creative writing from Oberlin College and a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin in comparative literature with a specialization in translation studies.

Toby Tabachnick was named editor effective March 1, 2020. Tabachnick has been a writer for the Chronicle since 2007, and her work has been recognized by the American Jewish Press Association and The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania. She holds a bachelor’s in English literature from Washington University in St. Louis, and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law. Before joining the Chronicle, she practiced business litigation in both Los Angeles and Pittsburgh.

Deborah Ziskind. Photo courtesy of Deborah Ziskind

Deborah Ziskind was named director of development effective Feb. 24, 2020. Ziskind previously served as chief development officer at The Global Conference. She additionally worked in fundraising, donor engagement and major gifts on behalf of The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and DCM. Ziskind, a Pittsburgh native, spent 14 years living in Chicago and Washington, D.C., before returning to Pittsburgh in July 2018. The Squirrel Hill resident holds an undergraduate degree from Tufts University in international relations and completed her thesis in international communications/the globalization of communications at The Fletcher School. PJC

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