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Revolving Door Newsletter: 12.27.13

Rumblings at Meet the Press; Musical Chairs at WaPo and NYT

December 27, 2013
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Changes could be coming to Meet the Press as NBC News head Deborah Turness, who is "fearless" in the eyes of the New York Post, looks to fix its flagging ratings. There are rumors that host David Gregory could be out and that super agent Ari Emanuel wants to install his clients Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. The pair currently oversee MSNBC's Morning Joe. Another theory has Turness poaching ABC News' Good Morning America seer George Stephanopoulos, whose contract runs out in January. Meanwhile, the NBC rank and file are mad at their fearless leader because she's cutting staff in the Washington D.C. bureau. Antoine Sanfuentes, who headed the outfit once upon a time, is gone along with MTP producer Adam Verdugo. "Instead of getting better, NBC News has been getting worse," one executive tells the Post. "It's a mess."...

John Miller leaves CBS News for a job in the New York Police Department. He has been with the network since 2011, jumping between journalism and law enforcement before that stint. Miller, who follows mentor Bill Bratton to the NYPD, will work on the counter-terrorism team. "We have a lot of regard for John, we don’t like to lose him, but if it is to public service, and law enforcement, that he cares about, we don’t feel it is right to stand in his way," CBS News president David Rhodes tells Capital New York...

Neil Irwin trades the Washington Post for The New York Times. The Wonkblogging data journalist will team up with David Leonhardt as the paper of record looks to replace Nate Silver. Could Ezra Klein be the next person out the door? Meanwhile, the WaPo promotes Mike Semel to local editor and bumps political writer Peter Wallsten to deputy national political editor. Also, Ben Terris is leaving the National Journal for WaPo's Style section. The NYT gives Michael Barbaro the Gov. Chris Christie beat. He had been covering Mayor Michael Bloomberg... Politico hands Olivia Petersen the director of public relations title. She had been media and marketing manager after starting there as media coordinator in 2011...

GQ raids fellow Conde Nast publication Lucky, snagging the publication's senior digital projects editor, John Jannuzzi. He'll be senior digital editor at and start in January. The site will relaunch in early 2014... Time Out New York hires Terri White as editor. She had been executive editor of Life & Style... Jack Dorsey joins the board of Disney, because the Twitter and Square co-founder clearly needs something else to do... And there are changes at  Colangelo & Partners PR, WPIX, and more...

December 27, 2013: Peter Wallsten has been named deputy national political editor at The Washington Post. He had been political writer there. (FishbowlDC)

December 27, 2013: Zack Smith has been named senior producer at WPIX. He had been producer there. (TVSpy)

December 27, 2013: Stewart Kasloff has been named executive producer at WPIX. He had been writer and editor at “World News Now” and “Good Morning America” on ABC. (TVSpy)

December 27, 2013: Carly Flynn Morgan has been named morning anchor at KTBS in Shreveport, La. She had been anchor and producer at WDSI in Chattanooga, Tenn. (TVSpy)

December 27, 2013: Sachelle Saunders has been named weekend anchor at WDJT in Milwaukee. She had been morning anchor at WTVO-WQRF in Rockford, Ill. (TVSpy)

December 27, 2013: Jacqueline Crea has been named general assignment reporter at KHOU in Houston. She had been multimedia journalist at KTSM in El Paso, Texas. (TVSpy)

December 27, 2013: Yve Jones has been named assistant news director at KHBS-KHOG in Fayetteville-Fort Smith, Ark. She had been news operations manager at WISN in Milwaukee. (TVSpy)

December 27, 2013: Tom Cohen has been named vice president of content at KCTS in Seattle. He had been marketing manager at Microsoft. (TVSpy)

December 27, 2013: Olivia Petersen has been named director of public relations at Politico. She had been media and marketing manager there. (FishbowlDC)

December 27, 2013: Mike Semel has been named local editor at The Washington Post. He had been deputy local editor there. (FishbowlDC)

December 27, 2013: Terri White has been named editor-in-chief at Time Out New York. She had been executive editor at Life & Style Weekly. (FishbowlNY)

December 26, 2013: Lylah Alphonse has been named managing editor for special reports at U.S. News & World Report. She had been senior editor at Yahoo Shine. (mb)

December 26, 2013: Barbara Devaney has been named director of sales at She had been national sales manager at The Business Journals. (mb)

December 23, 2013: Joseph Giumarra has been named account executive at Momentum Communications Group. He had been account executive there. (mb)

December 23, 2013: Pola Avrasin has been named account executive, digital media specialist, at Colangelo & Partners Public Relations. She had been assistant account executive there. (mb)

December 23, 2013: Margot Dempsey has been named account executive at Colangelo & Partners Public Relations. She had been assistant account executive there. (mb)

December 23, 2013: Alessandro Boga has been named account supervisor at Colangelo & Partners Public Relations. He had been senior account executive there. (mb)

December 20, 2013: Kenneth Johnston has been named manager of PR and communications at Pocket Gems. He had been senior manager, Mobile Games Division, at VSC Consulting. (mb)

December 20, 2013: Lauren Matthews has been named senior web editor at Country Living. She had been style editor at BizBash. (mb)

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