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Revolving Door Newsletter: 02.28.12

Buzzfeed's Hiring Coup; More Turnover At AOL

February 28, 2012
And then Buzzfeed went and outdid itself. Again. Ben Smith taps Michael Hastings, the Rolling Stone contributing editor who brought down General Stanley McChrystal. He will cover President Obama's re-election campaign. While it sounds like a temporary appointment (is Buzzfeed's master plan to see how its editorial operations work through the election and then re-evaluate?), the hiring is the biggest coup yet for the site. Hastings has experience on the campaign trail, having spent 2008 following around then-Senator Obama. It's going to be very fun to see how this all plays out, and we wish Hastings and the rest of the crew all the success in the world...

AOL watches Alex Gounares leave. The CTO headed the entire tech side of the operation and was a key hire by Tim Armstrong. Tim Dierks, head of tech at the Huffington Post Media Group, also departs, replaced temporarily by SVP Michael Manos. There might be more departures coming, as February is bonus time at the company. Speaking of departures, TechCrunch loses Erick Schonfeld. Eric Eldon will replace him as editor of the AOL property that has undergone massive change since Michael Arrington departed. The original TC era was already over, but Schonfeld's departure slams the door closed for good...

Gannett names Mary Murcko president of sales. She had been executive vice president, group publisher, at Rodale... Melanie Bromley leaves Us Weekly, where she had been West Coast bureau chief, for a senior correspondent position at E! News...

CNBC hires Rick Beispel as head of the strategic ad sales unit. He had been at MTV Networks, where he was senior vice president of new business development, sales and marketing for the Nickelodeon Kids and Family Group... CNN moves Carol Costello to the mornings. She'll transfer to Atlanta and anchor CNN Newsroom... And there are changes at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, NBC News and more...

February 28, 2012: Eileen McCarthy has been named executive director of brand insights at Cooking Light and MyRecipes. She had been executive director of marketing and strategic planning at Bon Appétit.

February 28, 2012: Nick Valente has been named account executive at Blaze Public Relations. He had been media relations executive at Middleton & Gendron. (release)

February 28, 2012: Mandev Khalsa has been named account supervisor at Blaze Public Relations. She had been public relations manager, North America, at Air New Zealand. (release)

February 28, 2012: Asa Aarons has been named consumer reporter at WCBS-TV in New York. He had been consumer reporter at WNBC-TV in New York. (FishbowlNY)

February 28, 2012: Nelson Wang has been named personal finance editor, front page, at Yahoo! He had been senior editor at CBS MoneyWatch. (mb)

February 28, 2012: Corbin Chamberlin has been named fashion writer at Scene. He had been fashion editor at Downtown Phoenix Journal. (mb)

February 28, 2012: Jessica Messenger has been named account coordinator at Mulberry Marketing Communications. She had been an intern at Carson Stoga Communications. (release)

February 28, 2012: Nicole DiVito has been named senior account executive at Mulberry Marketing Communications. She had been account coordinator at Celtic Marketing, Inc. (release)

February 28, 2012: Adam Lau has been named creative director at The Barbarian Group. He had been group creative director and copywriter at Ogilvy NY. (AgencySpy)

February 28, 2012: Shannon Brinias has been named anchor at KOVR-TV in Sacramento. She had been anchor at KKTV-TV in Colorado Springs. (TVSpy)

February 28, 2012: Austin Kellerman has been named news director at KARK-TV in Little Rock, Ark. He had been news director at KTAB-KRBC-TV in Abilene, Texas. (TVSpy)

February 28, 2012: Gabe Gutierrez has been named network correspondent, Atlanta, at NBC News. He had been general assignment reporter at KHOU-TV in Houston. (TVSpy)

February 28, 2012: Jared Degnan has been named social and digital media manager at Brandware Public Relations. He had been corporate project manager at New Media Strategies. (mb)

February 28, 2012: Erik Therwanger has been named director of business development at Crash+Sues. He had been vice president at SMV Complete Media. (release)

February 28, 2012: Jeff Young has been named health care reporter at Huffington Post. He had been reporter at Bloomberg News. (FishbowlDC)

February 27, 2012: Allen Cox has been named editor-in-chief at Northwest Travel. He had been editor at Harbors. (mb)

February 27, 2012: Jenny Brodowsky has been named vice president of sales, East, at Twelvefold Media. She had been director of sales, West Coast, at Cross Pixel Media. (mb)

February 27, 2012: Karen Schuchardt has been named senior vice president of digital media sales at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. She had been vice president, convergent ad sales, at Viacom. (release)

February 27, 2012: Mary Murcko has been named president of sales at Gannett. She had been executive vice president, group publisher, at Rodale. (mb)

February 24, 2012: Matthew Phenix has been named brand editor at Reminisce. He had been editor-in-chief at Caribbean Travel + Life. (mb)

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