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Revolving Door Newsletter: 01.03.14

Tim Tebow Joins ESPN; WaPo May Lose Ezra Klein

January 3, 2014
It was inevitable, wasn't it? Tim Tebow, the former Florida quarterback who flamed out of the NFL, joins ESPN as an analyst for the SEC Network. The Worldwide Leader did as much as anyone to create the cult of Tebow, so it's only natural that he ends up there. "When I was 6 years old, I fell in love with the game of football, and while I continue to pursue my dream of playing quarterback in the NFL, this is an amazing opportunity to be part of the unparalleled passion of college football and the SEC," he told ESPN.com. Tebow debuts during the January 6 national championship game featuring Auburn and Florida State. He's certainly popular but will he succeed? "I will be interested to see how objective he can be when it comes to the rest of the SEC and how critical he will be because he is always so positive about everything," USA Today's Lindsay Jones, tells Sports Illustrated...

It sounds like Ezra Klein will leave the Washington Post to start his own venture. He pitched the idea to his bosses in D.C., but they didn't want to part with the eight-figure investment he requested. Klein has started discussing the project with other potential investors. Elsewhere at the paper, Wesley Lowery joins the political team and will contribute to The Fix and Post Politics. He comes from the Boston Globe... Clyde Haberman, Stanley Fish and Verlyn Klinkenborg are out at The New York Times. A five-percent cut was the cause. "Contract writers, of whom I was one, were easiest to let go," Klinkenborg, who wrote the 'Rural Life' column, told the New York Observer... The New York Daily News hires Jotham Sederstrom as editor of its boroughs coverage. He had been editor-in-chief of The Commercial Observer...

Another big name leaves The New York Times Magazine as design director Arem Duplessis jumps to Apple, where he'll be creative director. That sounds like an awesome gig. "It's time for a new chapter and a new challenge," he tells Stephanie Murg at UnBeige... Susan Goldberg is leaving Bloomberg News to be executive editor at National Geographic, where she'll focus on "longform magazine stories and breaking web news." The former editor at the Cleveland Plain Dealer and USA Today joined Bloomberg in 2010. Executive editor Cesca Antonelli will take over her duties at Bloomberg... Charles Peters will stop writing the 'Tilting at Windmills' column in the Washington Monthly. The 87 year old cites not having "as much gas left in the tank" as the primary reason. We wish him the best...

Thomas Roberts will host Way Too Early on MSNBC. He takes over for Brian Shactman, who had replaced Willie Geist... Pat Kiernan lands a radio show on WABC. He'll appear weekdays at 5 p.m. and will stay on NY1 in the morning... ABC News recruits Hamish Macdonald as a London-based international affairs correspondent. He had been with Ten Network in Australia... Neetzan Zimmerman is leaving Gawker. The editor, known for being a viral genius of sorts, is leaving for the startup world. "We're f***ed, start traffic-whoring," wrote editor John Cook in a memo... And there are changes at Closer Weekly, Critical Mass and more...

January 3, 2014: Maghan McDowell has been named style reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle. She had been a freelance writer there. (mb)

January 2, 2014: Amy George has been named SVP of marketing and communications at Mothers Against Drunk Driving. She had been VP of marketing and communications at Cooper Aerobics. (mb)

January 2, 2014: Ellen Cummings has been named national account director at Health Media Network. She had been advertising director at Women's Health. (mb)

January 2, 2014: Cesca Antonelli has been named executive editor at Bloomberg News. She had been managing editor there. (FishbowlNY)

January 2, 2014: Susan Goldberg has been named executive editor at National Geographic. She had been executive editor at Bloomberg News. (FishbowlNY)

January 2, 2014: Suzanne Michaels has been named executive creative director at Critical Mass. She had been senior vice president, creative, at DigitasLBi. (AgencySpy)

January 2, 2014: Leslie Draffin has been named morning anchor at KOKH in Oklahoma City. She had been morning anchor and military reporter at KTAL in Shreveport, La. (TVSpy)

January 2, 2014: Michael Foschetti has been named managing director at Havas Discovery. He had been senior vice president at Moxie. (release)

January 2, 2014: Hamish Macdonald has been named international affairs correspondent at ABC. He had been senior foreign affairs correspondent, anchor and executive producer at Network Ten. (TVNewser)

January 2, 2014: Jeff Fitzgerald has been named news director at WLIO and WOHL in Lima, Ohio. He will continue as anchor there. (TVSpy)

January 2, 2014: Kacey Drescher has been named producer and weekend reporter at WSFA in Montgomery, Ala. She had been anchor and producer at KFBB in Great Falls, Mont. (TVSpy)

January 2, 2014: Matthew Smith has been named anchor and reporter at WOWT in Omaha, Neb. He had been reporter and co-anchor at KVIA in El Paso, Texas. (TVSpy)

January 2, 2014: Katie Kyros has been named reporter at WPMT in Harrisburg, Pa. She had been reporter at WHAG in Hagerstown, Md. (TVSpy)

January 1, 2014: Corynne Cirilli has been named news director at Closer Weekly. She had been managing editor at xoJane.com. (mb)

December 31, 2013: Jacqueline Crea has been named reporter at KHOU in Houston. She had been multimedia journalist at KTSM in El Paso, Texas. (TVSpy)

December 31, 2013: Walter Makaula has been named weekday morning co-anchor at WFOR in Miami. He had been anchor at KSWB in San Diego. (TVSpy)

December 31, 2013: Kris Anderson has been named weekend morning anchor and reporter at WHDH in Boston. He had been anchor and reporter at WREG in Memphis, Tenn. (TVSpy)

December 31, 2013: Elle Duncan has been named sports anchor, host and reporter at NESN in Boston. She had been traffic reporter at WXIA in Atlanta. (TVSpy)

December 29, 2013: Amy Vida has been named account director at Tasting Table. She had been national account director at Niche Media. (mb)

December 27, 2013: Amy Rinehart has been named LTER Schoolyard Series Editor at INSTAAR. She had been publisher at National Institute for Trial Advocacy. (mb)



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