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Revolving Door Newsletter: 01.21.14

Changes at CNN; The New Republic Loses an Editor to Vanity Fair

January 21, 2014
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Could Al Roker be on his way out at Today? That's what Richard Johnson posits at Page Six. Sam Champion made an appearance on the show last week, which is making Roker and his people nervous, for obvious reasons. This should be fun to watch. "Just when you thought that NBC suits couldn’t create a situation worse than Ann Curry’s bungled, forced exit two years ago, the showdown between Roker and Champion threatens to do just that or worse," Johnson writes. The current weatherman sees his current $8 million per year contract expire later this year and, although he does have some leverage because he's loved by the viewers, that's a significant chunk of change...

Michael Kinsley leaves The New Republic (again) for Vanity Fair, where he'll be a contributing editor. “In my world, Michael is the gold standard of thoughtful journalism,” VF editor Graydon Carter, who has tried to hire Kinsey since 1992, said. The journalist will write about politics in some form or another... San Francisco lands a new publisher in Paul Reulbach. He had been in the same position at Boston. “Paul’s background leading publications in times of growth is exactly what we need in San Francisco,” Michael Dickey, president of Modern Luxury, said in a statement. “I am confident his experience will contribute greatly to the success of the magazine.”... Former Martha Stewart Living executive Eric Thorkilsen is finding massive success as CEO of Edible Feast... Pacific Standard, which will not stop making smart hires, does it again, snagging Bettina Chang as associate editor...

CNN makes a host of changes during its daytime programing. Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield replaces Around the World, co-anchored by Suzanne Malveaux and Michael HolmesJohn Berman and Michaela Pereira get a new show in the 11 a.m. hour, too. They will continue to anchor Early Start and New Day, respectively... Chris Lawrence starts at NBC 4 in Washington D.C...

Liz Seymour jumps to executive features editor at the Washington Post, a newly created position that will put her in charge of all features sections. The 15-year WaPo veteran had most recently been overseeing the Local Living section as well as being editor of Weekend and the Going Out Guide... Josh Katz, the New York Times intern who created the most-read piece of content on the site in 2013, will start as a staff editor in the paper's new data journalism project soon. A happy ending in any dialect... The Chicago Sun-Times parts ways with Grid publisher Brandon Copple... Vivian Giang will head a new vertical at PolicyMic that focuses on entrepreneurs... Judy Vezmar, CEO of LexisNexis International, joins the board of directors at blinkx, an Internet video search and advertising platform... And there are changes at Yahoo News, The New York Times, and more...

January 21, 2014: Tim Russell has been named managing director of sales at Meredith Video Studios. He had been vice president, East, at Comcast Media 360. (release)

January 21, 2014: Jerry McKinstry has been named senior account executive at Thompson & Bender. He had been a columnist and editorial board member at Newsday. (release)

January 21, 2014: Molly Wood has been named deputy technology editor at The New York Times. She had been host of Buzz Out Loud at CNET. (FishbowlNY)

January 21, 2014: Nathan Lump has been named director of branded content at Condé Nast. He had been digital director at Condé Nast Traveler. (mb)

January 21, 2014: Bennett Haeberle has been named investigative reporter at WISH in Indianapolis. He had been weekend anchor and reporter at WDRB in Louisville, Ky. (TVSpy)

January 21, 2014: Matt Fernandez has been named general assignment reporter at KVOA in Tucson, Ariz. He had been general assignment reporter at KVEO in Brownsville, Texas. (TVSpy)

January 21, 2014: Alan Straub has been named local sales manager at WPIX in New York. He had been director, national sales manager at MSG. (TVSpy)

January 21, 2014: Paul Reulbach has been named publisher at San Francisco. He had been publisher at Boston. (FishbowlNY)

January 21, 2014: Garance Franke-Ruta has been named Washington editor at Yahoo News. She had been senior editor at The Atlantic. (FishbowlNY)

January 21, 2014: Andrew Posen has been named senior director, investor relations, Tremor Video. He had been director of investor relations at AppNexus. (mb)

January 21, 2014: Zach Schonfeld has been named reporter at Newsweek. He had been editorial fellow at The Wire. (mb)

January 21, 2014: Barbara Shornick has been named vice president, marketing at MediaMax Network. She had been executive brand director at Reader's Digest. (mb)



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