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Revolving Door Newsletter: 06.24.14

Changes at Gawker Media; Yahoo Poaches Michael Isikoff from NBC News

June 24, 2014
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Gawker Media continues to grow up. In a recent meeting, editorial director Joel Johnson told editors that he wanted to hit 100 million unique visitors a month across the company's slate of eight core titles, and expects to ramp up staffing. "If things go right, we could double our editorial staff by the end of 2015," he said. "What we’re saying now is: don’t worry about your editorial budget, find the right people and bring those people in, and we’ll make a place for them." Nick Denton's flagship site has added staff writers Allie Jones, Aleksander Chan and Andy Cush since the April meeting and it would seem that many more are on the way...

People Stylewatch hires Gena Kaufman as social media editor, poaching her from Glamour... Rachel Van Dongen jumps from Congress editor and deputy politics editor to deputy managing editor at Politico. Steven Sloan gets her old job... Bethesda Magazine hires Cindy Rich as senior health editor. She comes from Washingtonian, joining former colleague Mary Clare Glover...

Yahoo makes another big score, recruiting Michael Isikoff as chief investigative correspondent. He's tracked down stories from the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky debacle to the Penn State sex abuse scandal. Isikoff had most recently been at NBC News, but believes that "digital is the future of the news business," so he said goodbye, taking some of Marissa Mayer's endless pile of cash to do so... David Storey moves to the foreign policy team at Reuters, with Jim Loney taking his spot as head of the breaking news team...

Emily Gould leaves 29th Street Publishing, the digital publishing venture where she had been editorial director since July. No one is talking about her departure, although her job there was a key plot point of a recent New York Times Sunday Styles section profile on the former Gawker editor. Her first novel debuts next week... David Brock relaunches the American Independent Institute, with Sam Skolnik as director. Brock, who also founded Media Matters for America, will serve as the organization's president... And there are changes at Zimbio, Moroch Partners and more...

June 24, 2014: Chip Sheean has been named creative director at Swirl. He had been creative director at Nice San Francisco. (AgencySpy)

June 24, 2014: Cindy Rich has been named senior editor at Bethesda Magazine. She had been senior writer at Washingtonian. (FishbowlDC)

June 24, 2014: Kingsley Taylor has been named managing director at MRY. He had been director of new business at David & Goliath. (AgencySpy)

June 24, 2014: Dina Light-McNeely has been named director of digital and social strategy at Moroch Partners. She had been vice president of strategy/solutions lead at RAPP. (AgencySpy)

June 24, 2014: Glenn Geller has been named executive vice president and managing partner, brand planning strategy, at Moroch Partners. He had been director of solutions planning at Lowe Campbell Ewald. (AgencySpy)

June 24, 2014: Sam Chadha has been named chief integration officer at Moroch Partners. He had been executive vice president, business strategy and development, at Starcom MediaVest Group. (AgencySpy)

June 24, 2014: Daniel Armbruster has been named co-anchor and reporter at KHBS-KHOG in Fort Smith, Ark. He had been co-anchor and reporter at KTBC in Austin, Texas. (TVSpy)

June 24, 2014: Joe Johnston has been named director of public affairs at KSTP-KSTC in Minneapolis. He had been director of marketing there. (TVSpy)

June 24, 2014: Shannon Bond has been named U.S. media and marketing correspondent at the Financial Times. She had been general assignment reporter there. (FishbowlNY)

June 24, 2014: Chris Patten has been named vice president, account services, at Tocquigny. He had been director, program management, at frog. (AgencySpy)

June 24, 2014: Steve Shaw has been named president, Westwood One, at Cumulus. He had been senior vice president, Cumulus national sales, there. (release)

June 24, 2014: Joey Skladany has been named TV editor at Zimbio. He had been contributor at (release)

June 24, 2014: Sabrina Santucci has been named general assignment reporter at WXII in Winston-Salem, Mass. She had been anchor and reporter at WTVO in Rockford, Ill. (TVSpy)

June 24, 2014: Tiffany Justice has been named reporter at KTVZ in Bend, Ore. She had been an intern at Jakob Marketing Partners. (TVSpy)

June 24, 2014: Jeff Morrow has been named meteorologist at WKRN in Nashville, Tenn. He had been meteorologist at WYFF in Greenville, S.C. (TVSpy)

June 23, 2014: Erin Connolly has been named general assignment reporter at WFSB in Hartford, Conn. She had been news anchor and reporter at Time Warner Cable News in Albany, N.Y. (TVSpy)

June 23, 2014: Gena Kaufman has been named social media editor at People StyleWatch. She had been a blogger at (FishbowlNY)

June 23, 2014: Jim Loney has been named team leader, breaking news team, at Reuters. He had been deputy, breaking news team, there. (FishbowlNY)

June 23, 2014: Jared Lake has been named director of digital media at Hawthorne Direct. He had been director of business development at M&C Saatchi Mobile. (release)

June 23, 2014: Lauren Musacchio has been named creative director at Straw and Gold. She had been assistant editor at Rolling Stone. (mb)

June 23, 2014: Ed Russo has been named meteorologist at WSBT in South Bend, Ind. He had been meteorologist at WICU in Erie, Pa. (TVSpy)

June 23, 2014: Beverly Kidd has been named anchor at WTKR in Norfolk, Va. She had been anchor and reporter at KTVK in Phoenix. (TVSpy)

June 23, 2014: Lauren Talarico has been named multimedia journalist at KHOU in Houston. She had been weekend anchor at WLTX in Columbia, S.C. (TVSpy)

June 23, 2014: Amy Stolls has been named director of literature at NEA. She had been literature program officer there. (GalleyCat)

June 23, 2014: Allen Henry has been named reporter at WSFA in Montgomery, Ala. He had been multimedia reporter at WOUB in Athens, Ohio. (TVSpy)

June 23, 2014: Michael Isikoff has been named chief investigative correspondent at Yahoo. He had been national investigative correspondent at NBC News. (FishbowlNY)

June 23, 2014: Rich Jaroslovsky has been named vice president for content at SmartNews. He had been executive editor and technology columnist at Bloomberg News. (mb)

June 20, 2014: Ashley Vuckovich has been named celebrity booking producer at The Meredith Vieira Show on NBC. She had been booking producer at The Huffington Post. (mb)

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