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Revolving Door Newsletter: 02.03.12

Dow Jones Gets New Leader; Wolff Bounces Back

February 3, 2012
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Dow Jones & Co. has a new head. As many predicted, Lex Fenwick steps in as CEO of The Wall Street Journal's publisher. He replaces Les Hinton, who departed six months ago. Fenwick "has a genuine feel for the character of contemporary content and its value, and this instinct and insight and drive will be the stuff of our future prosperity," Dow Jones editor-in-chief and WSJ managing editor Robert Thomson wrote in an email announcing the news to his staff. Fenwick, who had been at Bloomberg Ventures, comes to the company during a time of turnover, a trend he will look to stop. Ad Week posits that the hiring of an outsider was designed to give News Corp. a little space from the phone-hacking scandal. Todd Larsen, who had been acting head of Dow Jones while the search committee scoured the globe, returns to his position of president...

Michael Wolff joins The Guardian's United States version where he'll be writing about media, tech, publishing and politics. That's a good fit for everyone involved, probably... The Los Angeles Times loses its chief revenue officer. John T. O'Loughlin leaves, becoming the latest executive to jump off the sinking ship... The New York Times shifts around a number of its beat reporters. Meanwhile, Arthur Sulzberger says he is only in the "early stages" of finding a CEO to replace Janet Robinson... Selena Roberts leaves Sports Illustrated to build an app... The AP lays off 10...

Yahoo News continues its spree with two splashy hires. Virginia Heffernan joins as a national correspondent. She took a buyout from The New York Times where she was an op-ed columnist and will cover "culture and politics from a digital perspective." Olivier Knox, formerly a Agence France-Presse Congressional correspondent, will handle the White House beat... snags Walter Kirn as a political columnist... Elsewhere in the world of politics, USA Today snags Paul Singer from Roll Call as political editor... Tumblr poaches Blackbook's Chris Mohney to be editor-in-chief of its new editorial product. Jessica Bennett, who took over Newsweek's Tumblr when Mark Coatney joined the blogging site, will serve as executive editor. It's a little unclear how the new venture will function, but they have a good group in the top spots to oversee it all...

NBC News hands Jeff Rossen a job as national investigative correspondent for the Today show. Robert Powell will handle production duties... Liza McGuirk joins Amanpour as executive producer... Kelly Evans moves to CNBC... CNN slashes its Jakarta and Bangkok bureaus... And there are changes at The Atlantic,, and more...

February 3, 2012: Kate Julian has been named senior editor at The Atlantic. She had been acting editor of Double XX at Slate. (release)

February 3, 2012: Paul Singer has been named politics editor at USA Today. He had been associate editor at Roll Call. (FishbowlDC)

February 3, 2012: Jim Oliphant has been named deputy magazine editor at National Journal. He had been political reporter at and Chicago Tribune. (FishbowlDC)

February 3, 2012: Catherine Mayer has been named Europe editor at Time. She had been London bureau chief there. (FishbowlNY)

February 3, 2012: Diana Miller has been named executive producer at WCBS in New York. She had been producer at Anderson. (FishbowlNY)

February 3, 2012: Lex Fenwick has been named CEO at Dow Jones & Company. He had been CEO at Bloomberg Ventures. (FishbowlNY)

February 3, 2012: Virginia Heffernan has been named national correspondent at Yahoo! News. She had been op-ed columnist at The New York Times. (FishbowlNY)

February 3, 2012: Phil Boyce has been named VP/Dir. Spoken Word Format at Salem Communications. He had been president of programming at Talk Radio Network. (FishbowlNY)

February 3, 2012: Justin Elliott has been named investigative reporter at ProPublica. He had been reporter at Salon. (FishbowlNY)

February 3, 2012: Alan Clack has been named senior vice president of Western Region sales at CBS Television Stations Group. He had been vice president of sales at WCBS in New York. (TVSpy)

February 3, 2012: Lisa Kridos has been named executive producer at The Ricki Lake Show. She had been executive producer at KTTV in Los Angeles. (TVSpy)

February 3, 2012: Matt Pumo has been named general manager at WCWG in Greensboro, N.C. He had been vice president and general manager at WALA-WFNA in Mobile, Ala. (TVSpy)

February 2, 2012: Martitia DeWitt Ornelas has been named senior producer, Interactive at Channel One. She had been a teaching fellow at PS90X in Bronx, N.Y. (mb)

February 2, 2012: Liza McGuirk has been named executive producer at Amanpour. She had been executive producer at Parker Spitzer. (TVNewser)

February 2, 2012: Jon Lovett has been named correspondent at The Atlantic. He had been speechwriter for President Obama. (FishbowlDC)

February 2, 2012: Andrew Beaujon has been named media reporter at MediaWire. He had been writer at TBD. (FishbowlLA)

February 2, 2012: Chris Mohney has been named editor-in-chief at Tumblr. He had been senior vice president for content at BlackBook Media. (FishbowlNY)

February 2, 2012: Jessica Bennett has been named executive editor at Tumblr. She had been senior writer and editor at . (FishbowlNY)

February 1, 2012: Jim Avila has been named senior national correspondent at ABC News. He had been national correspondent there. (TVNewser)

February 1, 2012: Reena Ninan has been named reporter at ABC News. She had been Middle East correspondent at Fox News Channel. (TVNewser)

February 1, 2012: Jonathan Hills has been named general manager at He had been general manager at Reader's Digest Digital. (release)

February 1, 2012: Kelly Evans has been named on-air reporter at CNBC. She had been reporter at Wall Street Journal. (TVNewser)

February 1, 2012: Xiaoming Shao has been named managing director, APAC, at Maxifier. He had been managing director, Asia Pacific, at AudienceScience. (mb)

February 1, 2012: Olivier Knox has been named White House correspondent at Yahoo News. He had been congressional correspondent at Agence France-Press. (FishbowlNY)

February 1, 2012: Alexis Clark has been named editor at MANHATTAN. She had been senior editor at Town & Country. (FishbowlNY)

February 1, 2012: Jennifer Brabson has been named national marketing and social media manager at Onward Search. She had been regional marketing manager there. (mb)

January 31, 2012: Alexandra Martell has been named blog coordinator at She had been producer and community moderator at (mb)

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