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Revolving Door Newsletter: 04.08.14

Barbara Walters Sets Retirement Date; Changes at WSJ

April 8, 2014
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Say it ain't so, Babs. Barbara Walters will retire on May 16. We all knew it was coming, but still. "In this business there are legends, there are icons and then there is Barbara Walters," Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, said. "She's a dear friend and colleague as well as someone I deeply admire and it's impossible to fully convey her impact and influence on television. She broke barriers, defied convention, made history and set the standard for journalistic excellence for more than 50 years. It's hard to imagine television without her." Walters joined ABC News in 1976...

Billboard hires Tony Gervino as its new editor-in-chief. He had been executive editor at Hearst Magazines International. Gervino takes over for Bill Werde, who Guggenheim Media co-president Janice Min let go in January. Joe Levy, who had been acting editor at Billboard, will move to an editor-at-large spot and return to writing full-time... Cosmopolitan recruits Amy Laine as integrated marketing director. She had been a partner at Hyperlaine and previously had a gig as marketing manager at Hearst Magazines... Men's Journal contributing editor Terrance Noland moves to the executive editor slot at Chicago... New York hires freelancer Reid Uhrich as art director, creative services...

Shannon Jacobs gets promoted to SVP of communications at CBS. She has been with the network since 2005 and was once press aide to Richard Gephardt... Rachel Crane moves to CNN as a digital correspondent. She had been a technology and innovation reporter at Bloomberg... Delia Bushell joins BT as managing director of TV and Sport. She had been chief commercial officer at Sky Italia...

The Wall Street Journal adds three staffers to its politics team. Reid Epstein leaves Politico to be the lead Washington Wire blogger, while Washington Post op-ed editor Autumn Brewington will serve as politics editor. Natalie Wardel takes over as social media editor of the paper's team that is based in the nation’s capital... Ashley Ford lands a job as a staff writer at Buzzfeed...

AOL poaches WebMD executive vice president and CTO William Pence to be global chief technology officer. He previously worked at Napster and IBM and succeeds Curtis Brown, who is leaving the company... Wieden + Kennedy hires David Kolbusz as executive creative director. He had been deputy creative director at BBH London, a job that he started in December 2012. He replaces Scott Vitrone and Ian Reichenthal who left last November... And there are changes at, Tribune Broadcasting and more...

April 8, 2014: Roberto Ferdman has been named staff writer at Wonkblog. He had been staff reporter at Quartz. (FishbowlDC)

April 8, 2014: Marc Lineveldt has been named executive creative director at SK+G Advertising. He had been executive creative director at Fitzgerald+CO. (release)

April 8, 2014: Hilary Golston has been named multimedia journalist and reporter at WKYC in Cleveland. She had been weekend evening anchor at WVTM in Birmingham, Ala. (TVSpy)

April 8, 2014: Frank Konkel has been named editor for events at Government Executive Media Group. He had been reporter at Federal Computer Week. (FishbowlDC)

April 8, 2014: Tony Gervino has been named editor-in-chief at Billboard. He had been executive editor at Hearst Magazines International. (FishbowlNY)

April 8, 2014: Alan Gellman has been named chief marketing officer at Esurance. He had been senior vice president, digital marketing, at Wells Fargo. (release)

April 8, 2014: Jeremy Kaplan has been named editor-in-chief at Digital Trends. He had been science and technology editor at (FishbowlNY)

April 8, 2014: Andrew Bass Jr. has been named art and production manager at RIMS. He had been art director at Haymarket Media. (mb)

April 7, 2014: David Kolbusz has been named executive creative director at Wieden & Kennedy New York. He had been deputy executive creative director at BBH London. (AgencySpy)

April 7, 2014: Shannon Jacobs has been named senior vice president of communications at CBS. She had been vice president of communications there. (PRNewser)

April 7, 2014: Patricia Golden has been named vice president of sales at Tribune Broadcasting. She had been senior vice president of sales at WMAQ in Chicago. (TVSpy)

April 7, 2014: Amy Laine has been named integrated marketing director at Cosmopolitan. She had been partner at Hyperlaine. (FishbowlNY)

April 7, 2014: Rachel Crane has been named digital correspondent at CNN. She had been reporter at Bloomberg. (FishbowlNY)

April 7, 2014: Joe Perrapato has been named account executive at WPIX in New York. He had been director of business development and strategic partnerships at CBS. (TVSpy)

April 7, 2014: Kristen Guilfoos has been named morning anchor at KBTX in Bryan, Texas. She had been morning anchor at WSAW in Wausau, Wis. (TVSpy)

April 7, 2014: Azenith Smith has been named reporter at KTVU in San Francisco. She had been reporter at KVVU in Las Vegas. (TVSpy)

April 7, 2014: Natalie Wardel has been named social media editor at She had been social media director at KSL 5 in Salt Lake City. (FishbowlNY)

April 7, 2014: Autumn Brewington has been named politics editor at The Wall Street Journal. She had been op-ed editor at The Washington Post. (FishbowlNY)

April 7, 2014: Reid Epstein has been named lead Washington Wire blogger at He had been reporter at Politico. (FishbowlNY)

April 7, 2014: William Pence has been named global chief technology officer at AOL. He had been executive vice president and chief technology officer at WebMD. (FishbowlNY)

April 7, 2014: Marcia Frost has been named Midwest travel expert at She had been a freelance writer. (mb)

April 7, 2014: Reid Uhrich has been named art director, creative services, at New York. He had been a freelance art director and graphic designer. (mb)

April 7, 2014: Terrance Noland has been named executive editor at Chicago. He had been contributing editor at Men's Journal. (mb)

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