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Revolving Door Newsletter: 12.20.11

Buyouts at the Grey Lady; New EIC at Rachael Ray

December 20, 2011
The New York Times loses more than 250 years of total experience through buyouts. Among those gone: 34-year vet Clyde Haberman, T Magazine executive editor Andy Port (20 years) and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Dillon (20 years). George Vecsey also announced that he would be stepping back from his "Sports of the Times" column. The Observer chronicled all the departures best, scoring the touching departure memos. One of our favorites is culture editor Jon Landman's on culture writer Andrea Stevens, which includes the following sentence: "I'll look up and she won't be there. I'll feel the emptiness. I know I won’t be alone." Indeed he won't. Best of luck to all those moving on. You'll be missed...

Rodale lands Anthony Astarita as senior vice president and general manager of digital and brand development. He had been VP and GM of e-commerce and digital products at Barnes & Noble. Astaria will be tasked with building out his new company's tablet efforts... EveryDay with Rachael Ray hires Lauren Purcell as editor-in-chief. She had been executive editor at Self and starts on January 9... Politico scores another coup, snagging the Washington Post's deputy political editor Rachel Van Dongen for its campaign coverage. Additionally, Rachel Smolkin gets bumped up from White House bureau chief to White House editor, Bill Hamilton is the deputy managing editor of the enterprise efforts, and Edward-Isaac Dovere moves from deputy politics editor to deputy White House editor...

Thomas Rutledge, former COO of Cablevision Systems, is the new president and CEO of Charter Communications. The former top man at Time Warner Cable replaces Michael Lovett, who decided to leave in October... Javier Morgado steps in as senior broadcast producer at CNN's new four-hour morning show. He had been vice president of business development at Latina but spent 10 years under the NBC umbrella before jumping to print... Here's a new one: Kirk Wilson leaves his current gig to join Harrisburg's WHP as a reporter. That current job? Mayor of Carlisle, Pa., a gig he's held for 26 years... And there are changes at Philadelphia's WTXF, Hill + Knowlton Strategies, and more...

December 20, 2011: Nic Crawley has been named president of international marketing at Paramount. He had been senior vice president of international marketing at Walt Disney Studios. (FishbowlLA)

December 20, 2011: Trish Regan has been named anchor of Street Smart at Bloomberg Television. She had been anchor at CNBC. (FishbowlNY)

December 20, 2011: Lee Davies has been named group VP of the health practice at Makovsky + Company. He had been director of global media relations at Merck. (PRNewser)

December 20, 2011: Jody Venturoni has been named EVP of the U.S. region at Hill+Knowlton Strategies. She had been president of the Southwest region at Weber Shandwick. (PRNewser)

December 20, 2011: Toby Marlow has been named senior producer at Firstborn. He had been digital producer at UrbanDaddy. (AgencySpy)

December 20, 2011: John Boel has been named reporter at WAVE in Louisville. He had been anchor at WLKY. (TVSpy)

December 20, 2011: George Flickinger has been named weekday morning meteorologist at KJRH in Tulsa. He had been weekend meteorologist there. (TVSpy)

December 20, 2011: Caitlin Roth has been named weekend meteorologist at WTXF in Philadelphia. She had been weekend morning meteorologist at WOWT in Omaha. (TVSpy)

December 20, 2011: Christina Bellantoni has been named political editor at PBS NewsHour. She had been associate politics editor at CQ Roll Call. (release)

December 20, 2011: Julie Miller has been named Hollywood blogger at She had been contributor at (release)

December 19, 2011: Sean Clark has been named senior art director at DMW Direct. He had been creative director at Strata Company. (release)

December 19, 2011: Lauren Purcell has been named editor-in-chief at Every Day with Rachael Ray. She had been executive editor at Self. (FishbowlNY)

December 19, 2011: Anthony Astarita has been named SVP and general manager for digital and brand development at Rodale. He had been VP and general manager for e-commerce and digital products at Barnes & Noble. (FishbowlNY)

December 19, 2011: Ian Gipe has been named managing director at Monaco Reps. He had been senior agent there. (mb)

December 19, 2011: Zoheb Hassanali has been named multimedia journalist at WACH-TV in Columbia, S.C. He had been sports and news reporter at KTVO-TV in Kirksville, Mo. (mb)

December 16, 2011: Stefanie Gans has been named dining editor at Northern Virginia. She had been freelance food writer at Washington City. (mb)

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