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Revolving Door Newsletter: 07.31.12

Jonah Lehrer Resigns; Lay Off Season Begins

July 31, 2012
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In rather shocking fashion, Jonah Lehrer resigns from The New Yorker. His fall -- well, the second part of the narrative that began with "self-plagiarism" accusations, anyway -- started after Michael Moynihan posted a story on Tablet detailing fabricated quotes in Lehrer's book, Imagine: How Creativity Works. (Here's an excellent Q&A with Moynihan about his process for those really interested in this tale.) Lehrer denied and lied before finally coming clean and walking away from the NYer post he started just a few months ago. Lehrer made multiple mistakes and then compounded them. The times they are a changin', sort of...

Ross Levinsohn, the man everyone (including us!) thought was going to get the top job at Yahoo!, is out. He departs early into the Marissa Mayer era, a surprise to exactly no one. He will, of course, be fine, walking away with a massive severance and a statement from corporate that reads "Ross has done a terrific job during his time at Yahoo!. We wish him all the best." Marc Grabowski, the company's VP of media sales, quits, while sources expect many more Levinsohn loyalists to depart, as well (although exactly how many of those there are remains to be seen)... GoDaddy loses CEO Warren Adelman, who steps down just eight months into the gig. KKR Capstone's Scott Wagner takes over the top spot...

Apparently, summer is the season for layoffs. The Daily will tell staffers today of its plans to fire 50 of its 170 employees. According to AllThingsD, the editorial and sports pages at Rupert Murdoch's struggling tablet newspaper will be hit the hardest... CQ Roll Call laid off 30 staffers, including three from the editorial side, just this morning. FishbowlDC reports that HR informed employees one at a time a la Up in the Air... Buzzmedia lets go a third of Spin's staff just two weeks after purchasing the publication. Among those out: editor-in-chief Steve Kandell and managing editor Catherine Davis. The next question is what happens to the print magazine... The "smaller, more focused" Media General gives 75 people the boot... The St. Louis Post-Dispatch cuts 23 staffers from a number of different departments. Hopefully there won't be more, but you never know in this world of plummeting revenue...

Mark Olsen joins the Los Angeles Times as staff writer, leaving Film Comment where he had been a contributing editor... David Speranza leaves Bicycling for Road & Track... Stephen Hahn-Griffiths leaves Leo Burnett just 18 months after arriving. He had been at Mullen before that... Tribal DDB says goodbye to chief creative officer Rob Rasmussen...And there are changes at Fairchild Fashion Media, TeleRead, and more...

July 31, 2012: Steven Cheskin has been named consultant at CABLEready. He had been executive vice president at TLC. (release)

July 31, 2012: Pete Thamel has been named college sports reporter at Sports Illustrated. He had been college sports reporter at The New York Times. (FishbowlNY)

July 31, 2012: Lou Monaco has been named programming manager at Daily Racing Form. He had been datacaster/assistant at MLB Advanced Media. (mb)

July 31, 2012: Jill Maki has been named account manager at Franke+Fiorella. She had been project manager and strategist there. (release)

July 31, 2012: Beth Jarecki has been named president at Luther Pendragon U.S. She had been president at Lucid Communication USA. (mb)

July 31, 2012: Adam Langer has been named arts and culture editor at The Forward. He had been senior editor at Book. (mb)

July 31, 2012: Abigail Jones has been named digital features editor at The Forward. She had been social media manager at The Daily. (mb)

July 30, 2012: Richard Sussman has been named senior vice president and U.S. director of performance analytics at Initiative. He had been vice president and founding head of the digital media and entertainment practice at Nielsen. (mb)

July 30, 2012: Anne-Taylor Adams has been named vice president, global communications for digital, at Nielsen. She had been corporate communications director at AppNexus. (mb)

July 30, 2012: Lori Waldon has been named news director at KCRA-KQCA in Sacramento, Calif. She had been news director at WISN-TV in Milwaukee. (TVSpy)

July 30, 2012: Bob Peterson has been named vice president of station operations at Young Broadcasting. He had been general manager at WRIC-TV in Richmond, Va. (TVSpy)

July 30, 2012: Matt Rice has been named associate publisher of Style.com, NowManifest and Style.com/Print at Fairchild Fashion Media. He had been advertising director there. (FishbowlNY)

July 30, 2012: Pamela Daniels has been named publisher of Beauty, Inc. at Fairchild Fashion Media. She had been business development director at Rodale. (FishbowlNY)

July 30, 2012: Dan Elridge has been named editor-in-chief at TeleRead. He had been managing editor at NAPCO. (AppNewser)

July 30, 2012: David Speranza has been named design director at Road & Track. He had been design director at Bicycling. (FishbowlNY)

July 30, 2012: Mark Olsen has been named staff writer at Los Angeles Times. He had been contributing editor at Film Comment. (release)

July 30, 2012: Meredith Blake has been named New York-based entertainment writer at Los Angeles Times. She had been freelance Web producer at ABCNews.com. (release)

July 30, 2012: Glenn Whipp has been named anchor reporter for "The Envelope" at Los Angeles Times. He had been freelance writer. (release)

July 30, 2012: Jerry Pitt has been named senior marketing director for the performance auto group at Source Interlink Media. He had been publisher at Hot Rod. (release)

July 30, 2012: Camille Edwards has been named vice president of news at WABC-TV in New York City. She had been vice president of news at WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. (TVSpy)

July 30, 2012: Miranda Crowell has been named deputy editor at Sunset. She had been deputy editor at Martha Stewart Living. (release)

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