She comes to her new position with a wealth of journalistic knowledge and considerable familiarity with the intricate workings of Philadelphia's Jewish community.
The Rhode Island native and graduate of Swarthmore College served for 14 years as the editor in chief of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, and more recently was director of its global coverage, supervising the organization's worldwide reporting staff. Before her professional move to the Manhattan offices of JTA, she was a full-time reporter for the Exponent and served for a number of years as its news editor.
For both her writing and her editorial guidance, she has been the recipient of many honors, among them the Polakoff Award for Distinguished Service to Jewish Journalism from the American Jewish Press Association, where she also serves as an executive committee member.
Bennett L. Aaron, chairman of the Jewish Publishing Group, which oversees the paper, said that he and his fellow board members are "delighted" that Hostein has accepted their offer to become executive editor of the Exponent.
"Her 25 years of Jewish journalistic experience — 10 of them with the Exponent and 15 with JTA — together with her deep knowledge of the Philadelphia Jewish community, make her an excellent choice to continue the tradition of outstanding editorial leadership at the paper."
Hostein said that she considers it "an honor and a privilege" to be coming back full circle to where her journalistic career began 25 years ago.
"After nearly 15 years at JTA," she said, "I see this as a tremendous opportunity to contribute to the Philadelphia community, which has continued to be my home even as I worked in New York."
As for her vision for the paper, Hostein said that she has devoted her entire career "to the principle that Jewish media can and should be a powerful tool for building community. I intend to build upon the Exponent's strengths to create a publication that educates, informs, inspires, challenges and engages Jews across the religious, political, socioeconomic and demographic spectrum."
Hostein is married to Center City attorney Joel Oshtry. They have two children.