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Revolving Door Newsletter: 08.12.11

HuffPo's Big NYT Loss; Oprah's Flack Moves On

August 12, 2011
Trouble at the Huffington Post? Big-name hire Maura Egan leaves just five months after joining from The New York Times. She didn't give a reason for her departure other than a tersely worded email to WWD, but you have to wonder if this is the beginning of a larger trend. Can Arianna Huffington and Tim Armstrong keep the NYT influx happy, or are they about to lose some more huge hires? Think Peter Goodman, Tim O'Brien and Tom Zeller. We think they will likely be fine, but it's certainly something to keep your eye on...

Fortune promotes Megan Barnett from deputy managing editor to managing editor of In an internal memo, editor Andy Serwer wrote, "Megan of course has been the acting head of and doing a great job of it under some tough circumstances, so the decision was an easy one and the move well deserved."... Deborah L. Jacobs joins Forbes as senior editor... Grace Dobush jumps from Family Tree to HOW where she'll serve as interactive executive editor...

The Washington Post recruits former Engadget editor Josh Topolsky as a columnist. The Verge founder will pen a weekly article focusing on technology... Blake Morrison departs USA Today for Reuters where he'll be investigative projects editor. He held a similar position at the Gannett publication... The Baltimore Sun needs to cut 20 to 25 positions, including 10 in the newsroom. The buyouts are the first since 2008... El Paso Times editor Christopher Lopez resigns to pursue another career. He's been in the journalism world since 1983, the last three as head of the Texas paper...

Oprah Winfrey says goodbye to longtime publicist Lisa Halliday who quit and is moving to Los Angeles. "Page Six" wants to make something of the split, but it sounds rather pleasant... IAC/InterActive Corp. chief financial officer Thomas J. McInerney is scheduled to leave Barry Diller's empire in the near future... Darren Rovell and Mike Florio land shows on the NBC Sports Network Versus... About-to-IPO Zynga loses general manager Jeremy Verba to eHarmony. He'll be CEO, replacing Gregory Waldorf... And there are changes at SAY Media, MTV Networks, and more...

August 12, 2011: Amy Troy has been named anchor at KGW-TV in Portland. She had been anchor at KOIN-TV in Portland. (TVSpy)

August 12, 2011: Sarah Smith has been named president and general manager at KMBC-KCWE-TV in Kansas. She had been president and general manager at KETV-TV in Omaha, N.E. (TVSpy)

August 12, 2011: Stephanie Elam has been named anchor at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles. She had been business correspondent at CNN. (TVSpy)

August 12, 2011: Robert Kovacik has been named anchor at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles. He had been the interim anchor there. (TVSpy)

August 12, 2011: Tony Cipolla has been named anchor at KCOY-TV in San Luis Obispo, C.A. He had been a professor of journalism at California Polytechnic State University. (TVSpy)

August 11, 2011: Adam Naide has been named executive director of social media marketing at Cox Communications. He had been senior director of audience experience at CNN. (mb)

August 11, 2011: Deborah L. Jacobs has been named senior editor at Forbes. She had been a financial journalist and author. (release)

August 11, 2011: Sharon van Zwieten has been named senior executive producer of news at Univision Deportes. She had been senior executive producer of news at ESPN Star Sports. (release)

August 11, 2011: Victoria Vitarelli has been named vice president of marketing at Univision Deportes. She had been senior director of marketing at the New York Jets. (release)

August 11, 2011: Grace Dobush has been named interactive executive editor for at HOW. She had been online community editor at Family Tree. (mb)

August 11, 2011: Nicole De Jackmo has been named publicity manager at Quirk Books. She had been senior publicist at Running Press. (mb)

August 11, 2011: Megan Barnett has been named managing editor at She had been deputy managing editor there. (FishbowlNY)

August 11, 2011: Blake Morrison has been named investigative projects editor at Reuters. He had been investigations editor at USA Today. (FishbowlNY)

August 11, 2011: Kourosh Karimkhany has been named head of integration at SAY Media. He had been founder at Food Republic Media. (release)

August 11, 2011: David Richter has been named chief strategy officer at SAY Media. He had been executive vice president of corporate development at Sonic Solutions. (release)

August 11, 2011: Andrew Sarnow has been named vice president of digital integrated marketing at MTV Networks Entertainment Group. He had been director of integrated and strategic marketing at CBS Television. (release)

August 11, 2011: Abbe Wright has been named assistant editor at O, The Oprah Magazine. She had been assistant to the creative director there. (mb)

August 11, 2011: Jack Yeo has been named senior vice president and director of crisis and issues management at MSLGROUP. He had been corporate practice lead and chief operating officer at Henson Consulting. (release)

August 11, 2011: Sanjeev Agrawal has been named president at SocialTwist. He had been board member at Zeemaps. (release)

August 11, 2011: Michele Laven has been named executive vice president of strategic partnerships at Clear Channel Radio. She had been senior vice president of distribution and development there. (mb)

August 11, 2011: Tom Poleman has been named president of national programming platforms at Clear Channel Radio. He had been senior vice president of programming there. (mb)

August 10, 2011: Katherine Kluznik Rentmeester has been named senior style editor at She had been senior editor at (mb)

August 10, 2011: Mary Beth Wood has been named director of marketing and communications at Anthony Wilder Design/Build, Inc. She had been director of corporate communications at DDI. (mb)

August 10, 2011: David Sleight has been named chief technology officer at Nomad Editions. He had been deputy creative director at of (release)

August 10, 2011: Jack Christiansen has been named Western advertising manager at Danny Lipford Media. He had been advertising manager at WOOD. (mb)

August 10, 2011: Gil Johnson has been named director of marketing and PR at Danny Lipford Media. He had been marketing manager at Integrity Media. (mb)

August 10, 2011: David Fine has been named EVP and managing director at JL Marketing Exchange. He had been managing partner at Definegroup Media Solutions. (mb)

August 9, 2011: Chris Gee has been named managing director at Splendid Communications US. He had been managing director of digital and social media at Burson-Marsteller. (mb)

August 9, 2011: Eileen Gunn has been named editor at FamiliesGo!. She had been a freelancer. (mb)

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