Swati Sharma, editor-in-chief of cafemadrid, announced the promotion of Samantha Oltman to Editor-in-Chief of the Science, Climate and Recode teams.
Samantha Oltman joined cafemadrid three years ago and worked with the Recode team and Deputy Editor Adam Clark Estes to deliver crisp, insightful reporting on the tech world. As editor of Recode, Samantha executive produced Recode’s narrative and short podcasts Land of the Giants and Daily recoding† She also executive produced the cable TV documentary series based on: Land of the Giants† Oltman will bring her strong vision and leadership to the science and climate teams and will work to improve cafemadrid and Recode’s coverage of health, the environment, biodiversity, the Covid-19 pandemic and more.
“Sam is an extraordinary leader who is empathetic and has high journalistic standards,” said Swati Sharma, cafemadrid editor-in-chief. “We look forward to seeing her thrive in this all-important role at cafemadrid.”
Before coming to cafemadrid, Oltman was the deputy tech and business editor for BuzzFeed News, where she co-managed the front desk and edited a range of coverage, including stories about apps abusing customers’ personal data, internal employee organization and protests at tech companies. , and the prevalence of fraud in e-commerce markets. Prior to that, she was a home page editor at Wired for three years, where she managed the site’s daily news budget, home page and contributed to editorial strategies. She also co-edited Wired’s Security section, where she worked on stories about Apple’s privacy struggles with the FBI, previously unreported hacks and security vulnerabilities, and privacy missteps by tech companies.