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Revolving Door Newsletter: 03.08.11

Arianna Staffs Up HuffPo/AOL; Tina Brown's Newsweek Debuts

March 8, 2011
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The new Newsweek arrives and it's, well, here. The New York Post eviscerates the design, calling it a "rushed-out work in progress." Others were kinder, but only just. Tina Brown wanted to get the book -- featuring cover subject Hillary Clinton -- out before her "Women in the World" summit and while she succeeded, there's still plenty of work to be done. One positive addition was the appearance of former Portfolio editor-in-chief Joanne Lipman, who will write a column and interview CEOs...

Charlie Sheen gets himself canceled from CBS's Two and a Half Men. It's both a predictable result to the saga and a bit of a surprise, especially since rumors were flying that the network and Warner Bros. planned to have Chuck Lorre take a reduced role. WB instead pulled a switch, claiming Sheen's "statements, conduct, and condition prevented him from performing his essential duties." Meanwhile, the actor wants a social media intern...

Michael Paulson leaves the Boston Globe for the metro political editor position at The New York Times... Washington Examiner sports editor James Irwin takes a job at his alma mater, joining as assistant director of the Alumni Association... Sommer Mathis jumps to the Washingtonian, while Jay Westcott takes his camera to Politico...

The Huffington Post/AOL merger is complete, and Arianna Huffington continues to staff up, hiring Jon Ward away from The Daily. He'll cover the 2012 campaign and, of course, had a difficult time leaving the place that employed him for the last few months. Additionally, Huffington snares Trymaine Lee from the NYT, the New York Daily News' Michael McAuliff, and three others...

Peter Smith, president of NBCU International, says goodbye just a day after Mitch Metcalf announced his departure... CBS News names Sonya McNair head of communications. She replaces Jeff Ballabon who left last week... Morning Joe is here to stay...

Mary H.K. Choi, who can do no wrong, officially starts at MTV's Style blog. The kids can learn how to dress and write!... Noah Davis joins the growing (and profitable) mini-empire at Business Insider as associate editor of The Wire. He had been a contributing founder of SportsNewser and will remain a contributing editor at as well as commissioner of the basketball league... Jennifer Risi joins Ogilvy PR... And there are changes at Alison Brod Public Relations, Shelf Awareness and more

March 8, 2011: Noah Davis has been named associate editor at Business Insider's The Wire. He had been contributing founder at SportsNewser. (mb)

March 8, 2011: Nichelle Stephens has been named social media manager at She had been editor at (mb)

March 8, 2011: Kevin Newby has been named director, digital strategy at RSCG Chicago. He had been director, digital services at RSCG San Francisco. (AgencySpy)

March 8, 2011: Walt Connelly has been named executive creative director at Ogilvy. He had been executive creative director at JWT. (AgencySpy)

March 8, 2011: Kiersten Zweibaum has been named managing director at Emanate. She had been assistant executive director for communications and marketing at AJC. (mb)

March 8, 2011: Pilar Guzman has been named editor-in-chief at Martha Stewart Living. She had been co-founder at (FBNY)

March 8, 2011: Jennifer Rainey Marquez has been named senior editor at Parade. She had been senior health editor at O: The Oprah Magazine. (FBNY)

March 8, 2011: Brianna Keilar has been named White House correspondent at CNN. She had been Congressional correspondent there. (TVNewser)

March 8, 2011: Peter Novosel has been named interactive creative director at 72andSunny. He had been a freelance creative director. (release)

March 8, 2011: Marshall Allen has been named health reporter at ProPublica. He had been health care reporter at Las Vegas Sun. (release)

March 8, 2011: Marie Baker has been named social media director at Child's Play Communications. She will continue to serve as director of Team Mom and Music Moms there. (release)

March 7, 2011: James Irwin has been named assistant director of the alumni association at James Madison University. He had been sports editor at Washington Examiner. (FBDC)

March 7, 2011: Bethanne Patrick has been named editor of an upcoming publication at Shelf Awareness. She had been host at The Book Studio on WETA-PBS. (GalleyCat)

March 7, 2011: Noora Raj has been named special events manager at Alison Brod Public Relations. She had been senior account executive, lifestyle there. (mb)

March 7, 2011: Michael Paulson has been named metro political editor at The New York Times. He had been city editor at The Boston Globe. (

March 7, 2011: Meredith Garofalo has been named weekend meteorologist, reporter at ABC-affiliate WWSB in Sarasota, FL. She had been meteorologist, reporter, producer at KOTA in Rapid City, SD. (TVSpy)

March 7, 2011: Diana Perez has been named reporter at WBZ in Boston. She had been reporter at WVIT in Hartford/New Haven. (TVSpy)

March 7, 2011: Jason Cohen has been named senior staff writer at He had been writer-at-large at Texas Monthly.

March 7, 2011: Jay Westcott has been named photographer at Politico. He had been staff photographer at (FBDC)

March 7, 2011: Sommer Mathis has been named editor at the Washingtonian. She had been editor at (FBDC)

March 7, 2011: Michael McAuliff has been named senior Congressional reporter at The Huffington Post. He had been the Washington correspondent at the New York Daily News. (FishbowlNY)

March 7, 2011: Trymaine Lee has been named senior reporter at The Huffington Post. He had been reporter at The New York Times. (FishbowlNY)

March 7, 2011: Jennifer Risi has been named EVP of 360 Degree Media Influence at Ogilvy PR. She had been EVP at Weber Shandwick. (PRNewser)

March 7, 2011: Sonya McNair has been named head of communications at CBS News. She had been senior vice president of communications there. (TVNewser)

March 4, 2011: Andrea Valdez has been named associate editor at She had been assistant editor at Texas Monthly. (mb)

March 4, 2011: Sonia Smith has been named staff writer at She had been a freelance journalist. (mb)

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