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Ryan Naumann - Editor in Chief of / Vice President of News of Empire Media Group

Ryan started his career as an intern at TMZ back in 2009. He would later become a producer on the celebrity website until he left in 2013.

After leaving, he worked as a freelance producer working with everyone from Daily Mail, Star Magazine & many more. In 2017, he helped launch The Blast.

In 2021, he was brought on as Editor in Chief of and was later promoted to Vice President of News of Empire Media Group.

Whitney Vasquez - Deputy Editor of

Whitney has been working in the entertainment industry for over 10 years. She’s worked the red carpet for companies such as E! Entertainment, and Extra, interviewing stars at the Emmys, movie premieres, junkets, and more. Whitney has held titles of Editor and Senior Reporter at TMZ and The Blast. She joined EMG as the Deputy Editor of in March 2021.

Samantha Benitz - Senior Writer / Reporter

Samantha has been working as an entertainment journalist ever since graduating from California State University, Northridge, with honors in 2015. She's interned for political radio host Andy Dean at Clear Channel and worked for several of the biggest media outlets over the years, writing and reporting on all the hottest celebrity news for E! Online, HollywoodLife, AfterBuzzTV, In Touch Weekly, Life & Style as well as Closer Weekly. She joined the team in 2022.

Joshua Wilburn - Writer

Joshua is a California-based writer who's lived in the LA area for most of his life walking the street with stars beneath his feet. When he's not writing about the latest news and gossip on, he's posting movie reviews on Twitter covering all the biggest films to hit the big screen.

Connor Surmonte - Writer

Connor is located in NYC and has a Master's Degree in Creative Writing from Monmouth University and extensive experience working in Social Media for before transitioning to a full-time writing role.

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