GovExec Names Heather Kuldell as New Editor-In-Chief of its Portfolio of Content Brands
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GovExec Names Heather Kuldell as New Editor-In-Chief of its Portfolio of Content Brands

Nov. 18, 2021

WASHINGTON DC (November 18, 2021) — Heather Kuldell has been named Editor-in-Chief at GovExec, the leading information services and insights company for government leaders and contractors, it was announced today by Constance Sayers, president of GovExec. Kuldell takes on this position at a time of record growth for the company, with multiple new acquisitions under the GovExec name and long-time Editor-in-Chief, Tom Shoop’s move to Editor-at-Large, earlier this year. Heather will report to Ms. Sayers.

"This is an exciting announcement for GovExec as we promote Heather to oversee the company’s expanding portfolio of content brands,” said Constance Sayers, President of GovExec. “I know that she’ll bring her talent and expertise to the team of award-winning journalists who deliver the most up-to-date information on federal, state and local, and defense news to our readers on a daily basis."

At GovExec, Kuldell will oversee journalistic efforts across the newly combined portfolio including Government Executive (serving high-ranking federal managers), Defense One (covering emerging national security issues), Defense Systems (in-depth coverage of defense IT), FCW (covering the business of federal IT), GCN (IT solutions and strategies for state and local government), Nextgov (on technology and the future of government), Route Fifty (state and local government leadership, policy and ideas), and Washington Technology (the authoritative publication for government contractors).

"GovExec has far and away the strongest publications in our market,"  said Troy Schneider, GovExec's General Manager for Government Technology Brands. "But we can serve our audiences better by working together more closely, and Heather is the ideal leader to drive that effort." 

The Editor-in-Chief of GovExec is a newly expanded role, with Kuldell taking over from a long-standing editorial leader in the government and government technology space, and the company is in the middle of several exciting acquisitions. With a solid foundation to leverage, she will be charged with fortifying an already strong operation and accelerating the growth of the newsroom. This is an opportunity to expand the company’s brands across new content platforms and find synergies between the brands to continue to build GovExec’s dominance in its content categories. 

“It’s an honor to be the Editor-in-Chief of these tremendous GovExec brands and I’m excited to work with these amazing journalists to take our public sector coverage to the next level,” said Kuldell.

Kuldell joined GovExec in July 2016 as Nextgov’s News Editor. Over the last five+ years, Kuldell, along with Frank Konkel, who serves as Nextgov’s Executive Editor, increased monthly traffic to the site by forty percent.  Under Kuldell’s tenure as managing editor, the site has also seen nine out of ten months of its highest traffic since its launch in 2007. In August 2017, she took on the position of Nextgov’s Managing Editor where she managed the day-to-day operations of the Nextgov newsroom, overseeing an award-winning group of journalists and collaborating with the digital team to continuously improve the publication’s user experience.  Prior to joining GovExec, she was Managing Editor of C4ISR & Networks and Federal Times at Sightline Media Group and she held several different positions at 1105 Media from 2009 through 2014.


About GovExec

As the market-leading information platform, for over fifty years GovExec has empowered the government ecosystem to engage and support government leaders as they work to achieve their missions across federal, defense, and state and local agencies. All powered by the largest and most sophisticated database in the public sector, GovExec’s platform services are three-fold—data that informs, media that connects, and marketing services that activate. Reaching 3.3 million government influencers each month, GovExec’s brand and platform portfolio includes Government Executive, GovTribe, Market Connections, Nextgov, Public Sector 360, Government Contracting Institute, Government Marketing University, Defense One, Military Periscope, The Atlas for Cities, Route Fifty, City & State New York, City & State Pennsylvania, and a strategic investment in Power Almanac.


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