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Revolving Door Newsletter: 07.26.13

Tamron Hall Gets a New Gig; Top Patch Exec Resigns

July 26, 2013
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The Al Jazeera America hiring streak continues, as Joie Chen joins as anchor of America Tonight. She had most recently been a media consultant in Washington but has experience on the airwaves at CNN and CBS News. "I'm thrilled to create world-class journalism with some of the best in the business," she said in a statement announcing the news. Paul Eedle, AJA's deputy launch manager in charge of programs, is excited as well: "Joie is a strong journalist with a natural, warm presence on screen and we're excited to see her at the heart of our primetime schedule." Elsewhere, the network recruits Stony Brook University J-school associate dean Marcy McGinnis as SVP, newsgathering, and hires Boston Review web editor David Johnson to be opinion editor...

Tamron Hall lands a new show. The former MSNBC host and NBC News correspondent grabs the reigns of Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall on Discovery's ID network. Hall, whose older sister was murdered, will work with correspondents including Michelle Sigona, Angeline Hartmann and America's Most Wanted's Tom Morris Jr.... KTVU-TV fires investigative producer Roland DeWolk, special projects coordinator Cristina Gastelu and producer Brad Belstock after the fiasco involving fake pilot names in the Asiana airline crash... Huffington Post Live loses another host as Jacob Soboroff departs for "a gig in TV land." The fledgling video network launched by Roy Sekoff is clearly doing a good job of promoting its own, which is a blessing and a curse since people keep leaving... MTV makes a bunch of changes in its publicity department, handing promotions to Jason Rzepka and Noopur Agarwal, and hiring Jennifer Solari away from CBS Television Studios...

Maria Rodale seeks a president and chief operating officer for her family's company, a move that surprised many people who pay attention to these types of things. David Zinczenko need not apply... Veranda hires Clinton Smith as editor-in-chief. The current editorial director of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles moves to New York for the job, taking over for Dara Caponigro, who steps down to spend more time with her family... Mark Josephson, SVP of revenue and marketing at AOL's Patch, has resigned after two years with the company, reports BuzzFeed. AOL CEO Tim Armstrong has invested a lot in the hyper-local news site, but unhappy staffers have been filling up Jim Romenesko's inbox...

Col Allan, editor-in-chief of the New York Post, is being sent to Australia for a few months to provide "extra editorial leadership" for News Corp.'s Aussie papers. Jesse Angelo will take the helm of the Post in the meantime... Ray Rivera leaves The New York Times for a job as editor of The Santa Fe New Mexican. He replaces Rob Dean, who recently retired. The Santa Fe native, who once worked as a sports editor and general news reporter at the paper he's taking over, had been an investigative reporter with the Times... Politico snags Todd Purdum as senior writer. He will continue as a contributing editor at Vanity Fair... And there are changes at Talking Points Memo, CNBC and more...

July 26, 2013: Dylan Scott has been named staff reporter at Talking Points Memo. He had been staff writer at Governing. (FishbowlDC)

July 26, 2013: Daniel Strauss has been named staff reporter at Talking Points Memo. He had been staff writer at The Hill. (FishbowlDC)

July 26, 2013: Reid Wilson has been named head of GovBeat at The Washington Post. He had been editor-in-chief of Hotline at National Journal. (FishbowlDC)

July 26, 2013: Josh Kraushaar has been named editor-in-chief of Hotline at National Journal. He had been managing editor, politics, there. (FishbowlDC)

July 26, 2013: Dominic Chu has been named markets reporter at CNBC. He had been markets reporter at Bloomberg TV. (TVNewser)

July 26, 2013: Antonio Mora has been named host at Al Jazeera America. He had been anchor at CBS4 News in Miami. (TVNewser)

July 26, 2013: Hagit Limor has been named investigative reporter at WXIX in Cincinnati. She had been investigative reporter at WCPO in Cincinnati. (TVSpy)

July 26, 2013: Justin Logan has been named morning meteorologist at KAIT-TV in Jonesboro, Ark. He had been weekend meteorologist at WTVM in Columbus, Ga. (TVSpy)

July 25, 2013: Clinton Smith has been named editor-in-chief at Veranda. He had been editorial director at Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. (release)

July 25, 2013: Carolyn Rasley has been named account executive at Regan Communications. She had been account coordinator at marlo marketing/communications. (release)

July 25, 2013: Elyse Phelan has been named account executive at Regan Communications. She had been intern at Breslow Partners Public Relations. (release)

July 25, 2013: Jennifer Solari has been named VP for program publicity and communications at MTV. She had been executive director of communications at CBS Television Studios. (release)

July 25, 2013: Jason Rzepka has been named SVP, brand communications and public affairs, at MTV. He had been SVP, public affairs, there. (release)

July 25, 2013: Noopur Agarwal has been named VP of public affairs at MTV. She had been senior director of public affairs there. (release)

July 25, 2013: Janice Gatti has been named VP of MTV/MTV2/mtvU communications at MTV. She had been senior director of MTV/MTV2/mtvU communications there. (release)

July 24, 2013: Mike Darling has been named senior editor at Men's Health. He had been senior web editor there. (mb)

July 24, 2013: Kevin O'Rourke has been named motion graphic designer at Utopic. He had been senior designer at Red Car. (mb)

July 24, 2013: David Johnson has been named opinion editor at Al Jazeera America. He had been web editor at Boston Review. (mb)

July 24, 2013: Todd Purdum has been named senior writer at Politico. He will continue as contributing editor at Vanity Fair. (FishbowlDC)

July 24, 2013: Owen Phillips has been named consultant at Alegra Enterprises. He had been executive editor at The Hollywood Reporter. (FishbowlNY)

July 24, 2013: Mike Reddy has been named design director at HGTV Magazine. He had been design director at Seventeen. (mb)

July 23, 2013: Tahli Kouperstein has been named senior director, publicity, at Animal Planet. She had been director, publicity, there. (mb)

July 23, 2013: Megan Wiebold has been named reporter at WAAY in Huntsville, Ala. She had been anchor/reporter at WQOW in Eau Claire, Wis. (mb)

July 23, 2013: Brian Eley has been named vice president of communications at Animal Planet. He had been senior director there. (mb)

July 23, 2013: Jackie Morgan MacDougall has been named director, parenting content, at She had been executive editor at The Ricki Lake Show. (mb)

July 23, 2013: Marcy McGinnis has been named SVP, newsgathering, at Al Jazeera America. She had been associate dean, school of journalism, at Stony Brook University. (mb)

July 23, 2013: Asher Wildman has been named sports director at KVIA in El Paso, Texas. He had been host at Golfweek TV in Orlando, Fla. (TVSpy)

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