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Revolving Door Newsletter: 05.13.11

Drudge Hires Former NYP Staffer; Scott Pelley Scores EP

May 13, 2011
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It didn't take long for CBS to find a replacement for Rick Kaplan on the CBS Evening News. Patricia Shevlin will serve as executive producer when Scott Pelley takes over the broadcast. She has been the executive producer of the news program's Weekend Editions since January 2000. Kaplan, to his credit, did not waste any time finding a new gig either. Katie Couric's EP takes the same role at This Week with Christiane Amanpour. It's a homecoming of sorts since he spent 18 years at ABC manning multiple high-level positions. The show he joins has been without an EP since Ian Cameron departed last fall...

Our long national nightmare is over. (Or is it just beginning?) Ashton Kutcher will replace Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men. The former That '70s Show star was the second choice after negotiations with Hugh Grant fell apart, but producer Chuck Lorre is "really happy" with the decision. He will be earning less than the $2.5 million per episode that Sheen made and Kutcher announced the news -- how else? -- via tweet...

The New York Times plans to relaunch the "Week in Review" next month with a bigger focus on columnists. NYT Magazine refugee Virginia Heffernan and Mark Bittman will have larger roles in the revamped Sunday section, and star op-ed writers Nicholas Kristof, Maureen Dowd, and Thomas Friedman will occasionally be given more space... Matt Drudge hires former New York Post Washington bureau chief Charlie Hurt to help on his influential site. He joins Joseph Curl who started last year. Both Hurt and Curl pen columns in The Washington Times...

After 36 years, Jim Lehrer decides to say goodbye. He's not leaving PBS Newshour completely -- he'll still moderate the Friday panel of journalists -- but he's giving up the day-to-day duties. Lehrer started on the program in 1975 when it was called The Robert MacNeil Report. The veteran can claim 52 years in the business and his daily contributions will be sorely missed... Tina Brown loses her managing editor after just five months... Meredith Attwell Baker lands a new job with Comcast. You last saw her on the FCC when she was voting in favor of the company taking over NBC, but she defends taking the job... The Tennis Channel scores Mary Carillo as on-air talent for the French and US Open telecasts. Ace!...

NPR promotes Audie Cornish to host of the Weekend Edition Sunday. The former House and Senate reporter replaces Liane Hansen who retires after two decades in the anchor seat... Kendrick Meek joins Politic365 as chairman of its editorial board. He was a representative of Florida's 17th congressional district for eight years... Square hires Megan Quinn as its director of risk. She had previously been a product manager at Google... Joseph Kapsch becomes website editor of And there are changes at Penguin Press, The Ant Farm and more...

May 13, 2011: Rick Kaplan has been named EP at This Week with Christiane Amanpour. He had been EP at CBS Evening News. (TVNewser)

May 13, 2011: Charles Hurt has joined The Drudge Report. He had been D.C. bureau chief at New York Post. (FBDC)

May 13, 2011: Brekke Fletcher has joined WSJ. Magazine. She had been managing editor at The Newsweek Daily Beast Company. (FBNY)

May 13, 2011: Lynda Lopez has been named entertainment contributor at Fox 5 WNYW. She had been anchor at WCBS 880. (FBNY)

May 13, 2011: Julie Souza has been named VP of business development at Sports Illustrated Group. She had been VP, strategic planning and business development at CBS Sports Network. (FBNY)

May 13, 2011: Bob Blount has been named SVP of the 360 degree digital influence group at Ogilvy PR. He had been director of social analytics and insights at WCG. (PRNewser)

May 13, 2011: Ann Hemingway has been named SVP of the New York healthcare team at Ogilvy PR. She had been EVP and director of account management excellence at Euro RSCG Worldwide PR. (PRNewser)

May 13, 2011: Ian W. Bailey has been named general manager at Hill & Knowlton. He had been managing partner and co-founder at Capital C Partners. (PRNewser)

May 13, 2011: Darlan Monterisi has been named EVP at Porter Novelli. She had been global PR director at Rockstar Games. (PRNewser)

May 13, 2011: Joseph Kapsch has been named website editor at The Hollywood Reporter. He had been editorial director at (FBLA)

May 13, 2011: Karisue Wyson has been named manager of marketing, licensing and new business development at Washington Post Writers Group. She had been executive sales manager there. (mb)

May 13, 2011: Rebecca Haithcoat has been named acting music editor at LA Weekly. She had been assistant music editor there. (FBLA)

May 12, 2011: Jason Cross has been named account representative at Publishing Group of America. He had been account director at Carat Media. (mb)

May 12, 2011: Andrew Hartnett has been named national digital ad director at Publishing Group of America. He had been vice president at and (mb)

May 12, 2011: Ned Martel has joined the political team at The Washington Post. He had been style editor there. (FBDC)

May 12, 2011: Patricia Shevlin has been named executive producer at CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley. She had been executive producer at CBS Evening News Weekend Editions. (TVNewser)

May 12, 2011: Erik Wemple has been named media critic and opinion blogger at The Washington Post. He had been editor at (FBDC)

May 12, 2011: Scott Moyers has been named publisher at Penguin Press. He had been an agent at The Wylie Agency. (GalleyCat)

May 12, 2011: Batt Humphreys has been named interim executive producer at The Early Show. He had been an author and former senior producer at CBS. (TVNewser)

May 12, 2011: Audie Cornish has been named host at NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday. She had been reporter and substitute host there. (release)

May 12, 2011: Eric Kahn has been named head of digital at The Ant Farm. He had been co-managing director at mOcean. (release)

May 12, 2011: Matthew Goldenberg has been named general manager at He had been managing editor and operations director at Bloomberg. (release)

May 12, 2011: Scott Knoll has been named CEO at AdSafe Media. He had been founder and president at Aperture. (release)

May 12, 2011: Ashley Cothran has been named account executive at Turner PR. She had been account executive at Aiello Public Relations. (release)

May 12, 2011: Dan Rubin has been named director, digital strategy at Meredith Integrated Marketing. He had been SVP, digital strategy and insights at Publicis Modem. (release)

May 12, 2011: Jason Feifer has been named senior editor at Fast Company. He had been senior editor at Men's Health. (mb)

May 12, 2011: Holly Tang has been named chief financial officer at Bravo Media. She had been senior director, financial planning and analysis there. (release)

May 12, 2011: Kevin Smokler has been named VP, marketing at Byliner, Inc. He had been CEO at BookTour. (mb)

May 11, 2011: Natalie Sellers has been named director of PR at Bay Bird Inc PR. She had been founding team member at Handcrafted PR Inc. (mb)

May 11, 2011: Josh Max has been named reporter at He had been correspondent at AOL Autos. (mb)

May 11, 2011: Kayleigh Donahue has been named beauty editor at Redbook. She had been assistant editor at Allure. (mb)

May 11, 2011: Kristen Aiken has been named senior editor, at AOL Huffington Post Media Group. She had been senior food editor, iVillage at NBC Universal. (mb)

May 11, 2011: Joseph J. Erdos has been named associate editor, at AOL Huffington Post Media Group. He had been assistant food editor at (mb)

May 11, 2011: Martin A. Nisenholtz has been named CEO at He had been SVP of digital operations there. (minOnline)

May 11, 2011: James Stewart has been named columnist at The New York Times' Saturday business section. He currently writes for SmartMoney and teaches at Columbia University. (Talking Biz News)

May 11, 2011: Steven Schwartz has been named global head of business development at Reuters. He had been chief digital officer at Wenner. (paidContent )

May 10, 2011: Morgan Goldberg Simonds has been named LA editor at StrollerTraffic. She had been staff writer at New York. (mb)

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