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Revolving Door Newsletter: 04.15.14

Howard Owens Departs National Geographic; Bloomberg Gets a New Columnist

April 15, 2014
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The man who brought Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy and Killing Jesus to National Geographic Channels U.S. is out. Howard Owens leaves after three years as president, a time during which he pushed the network into original programming. "Howard injected remarkable energy into the National Geographic Channels brand," CEO David Lyle said. "He has been an invaluable member of our leadership team, and we wish him nothing but the best in his future business endeavors." Owens previously helped co-found Ben Silverman's Reveille production company and is looking forward to moving on to his "next adventure."...

Mohamed El-Erian lands a spot as a Bloomberg View columnist, one of the best gigs in the game for the money if not the visibility. The chairman of President Obama's Global Development Council plans to focus on economic policy and the financial markets... The Wall Street Journal sends deputy national news editor Rob Rossi to Hong Kong, where he'll be deputy editor, standards... The New York Daily News loses Ted Young, who decamps for London's Metro. He joined Colin Myler and the Daily News gang in May 2012, taking over the website and driving it to new traffic highs. In London, Young replaces Kenny Campbell at Metro...

Turner Broadcasting loses Turner Entertainment Networks president Steve Koonin. He'll move to the Atlanta Hawks, where he'll become CEO. Koonin had been with Turner since 2000 and quoted Green Day's Time of Your Life in his departure memo. He's the latest in a rash of departures from the company, and more could be coming soon... Lori MacPherson leaves Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, where she had been executive VP, global product management. She's been with the company that is restructuring for 23 years...

Michael Isikoff says goodbye to NBC News, where he had been an investigative correspondent since 2010. He previously spent 16 years with Newsweek and didn't reveal where he's headed next... ABC News recruits Laura Ingraham as a contributor. The former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will continue as a Fox News contributor and fill-in host on The O'Reilly Factor... The Hill loses Jonathan Easley to Morning Consult, where he'll be health editor. He replaces Meghan McCarthy, who is moving up to managing editor... Francesca Chambers jumps from Red Alert to the Daily Mail...

It's official. Yahoo makes another big-name hire, poaching Elle creative director Joe Zee as editor-in-chief and executive creative officer of its fashion arm. He'll also be editor-at-large for Yahoo Beauty... FiveThirtyEight hires Dhrumil Mehta as a database journalist... Peter Liguori is leaving the Yahoo board. The Tribune CEO had been on the board since 2012 and also recently stepped down from MGM's board... And there are changes at Penske Media Corp., the Associated Press and more...

April 15, 2014: Michael Paterson has been named senior partner/group creative director at Ogilvy NY. He had been creative director there. (AgencySpy)

April 15, 2014: Corinna Falusi has been named executive creative director at Ogilvy NY. She had been group creative director there. (AgencySpy)

April 15, 2014: Lindsay Gravette has been named design director at Gravette. He had been design director at Duncan/Channon. (AgencySpy)

April 15, 2014: Dawn Wotapka has been named associate vice president at Rubenstein Associates. She had been real estate reporter at The Wall Street Journal. (mb)

April 15, 2014: Howard Schneider has been named reporter, Federal Reserve, at Reuters. He had been reporter, international economics, at The Washington Post. (FishbowlNY)

April 15, 2014: Elizabeth Kennedy has been named news director, South Asia, at the Associated Press. She had been bureau chief, Beirut, there. (FishbowlNY)

April 15, 2014: Zeina Karam has been named bureau chief, Beirut, at the Associated Press. She had been correspondent, Mideast, there. (FishbowlNY)

April 15, 2014: Meghan McCarthy has been named managing editor at Morning Consult. She had been health editor there. (FishbowlDC)

April 15, 2014: William Earl has been named senior editor, brands, at Penske Media Corp. He had been executive editor at PMC's (FishbowlNY)

April 15, 2014: Jonathan Easley has been named health editor at Morning Consult. He had been reporter, healthcare policy, at The Hill. (FishbowlDC)

April 15, 2014: Lauren Victory has been named general assignment reporter at WTIC in Hartford-New Haven, Conn. She had been video journalist and reporter at WPTZ in Burlington, VT. (TVSpy)

April 15, 2014: Pete Marquardt has been named general manager at WGBA and WACY in Green Bay, Wis. He had been general manager at WJFW in Wasau, Wis. (TVSpy)

April 15, 2014: Dave Walls has been named reporter at WSET in Roanoke-Lynchburg, Va. He had been play-by-play announcer at the National Lacrosse League. (mb)

April 15, 2014: Tanya Vea has been named VP and station manager at KSL in Salt Lake City. She had been EVP, news and cross-platform development, there. (TVSpy)

April 15, 2014: Bill Gardner has been named VP, programming and development, at PBS. He had been director, general audience programming, there. (mb)

April 15, 2014: Michael Kelley has been named SVP, programming and business affairs, at PBS. He had been VP, strategy and operations, there. (mb)

April 15, 2014: Jason Shulman has been named senior vice president, sales, at Vdopia Inc. He had been head of sales at Spotzot. (mb)

April 15, 2014: John Wattiker has been named international fashion manager at Esquire. He had been account manager of beauty, grooming and financial services there. (mb)

April 15, 2014: Terry Raskyn has been named director of public information at Bronx County District Attorney's Office. She had been president at IRD News. (mb)

April 14, 2014: Vernon Church has been named COO at TruthCo. He had been president at Cakeworthy Advisors. (mb)

April 14, 2014: Kate Merrill has been named weekday morning anchor at WBZ in Boston. She had been weekend morning anchor there. (TVSpy)

April 14, 2014: Kerry Connolly has been named weekend morning anchor at WBZ in Boston. She had been weekday morning anchor there. (TVSpy)

April 14, 2014: Lucas Eskin has been named film editor at Cut+Run. He had been senior editor at Beast. (AgencySpy)

April 14, 2014: Mark Paiva has been named film editor at Arcade Edit. He had been co-founder of Poster Boy Edit. (AgencySpy)

April 14, 2014: Jen Dean has been named film editor at Arcade Edit. She had been film editor at Whitehouse Post. (AgencySpy)

April 14, 2014: Rob Rossi has been named deputy editor, standards for Asia, at the Wall Street Journal. He had been deputy national news editor there. (FishbowlNY)

April 14, 2014: Mohamed El-Erian has been named columnist, economic policy and financial markets, at Bloomberg View. He will continue in his role as chief economic adviser at Allianz Group and chairman of President Obama's Global Development Council. (FishbowlNY)

April 14, 2014: Joe Zee has been named editor-in-chief and executive creative officer at Yahoo Fashion. He had been creative director at Elle. (FishbowlNY)

April 14, 2014: Adam Caskey has been named meteorologist at KSAT in San Antonio. He had been meteorologist at WJLA in Washington, D.C. (TVSpy)

April 14, 2014: Chuck Carter has been named managing editor at WPIX in New York. He had been assistant news director at WTIC in Hartford, Conn. (TVSpy)

April 12, 2014: Alexis Tirado has been named managing editor at Flama. She had been managing editor at MTV. (mb)

April 11, 2014: David Butler has been named chain editor-in-chief at Digital First Media. He had been editor and senior vice president of the San Jose Mercury News there. (FishbowlNY)

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