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Revolving Door Newsletter: 08.12.14

Major Changes at Lucky; Maureen Dowd Joins NY Times Mag

August 12, 2014
The New York Times Magazine recruits Maureen Dowd as a staff writer. She joined the paper in 1983 and will continue writing for the op-ed section. "Maureen is one of The Times’ signature writers. Period," new editor Jake Silverstein said in a statement. "And as we work toward a redesign that will put new emphasis on stylish, longform narratives, she’ll be a brilliant addition to our team. While I can’t disclose any specific assignments yet, I can reveal that Maureen's subject matter for the magazine will range far afield from her current bailiwick of politics, foreign affairs and edible marijuana." The publication is also planning a redesign for early 2015 and should add a host of new staffers as well...

Paula Faris steps into the role of weekend co-anchor on Good Morning America. The former ABC News correspondent, who also filled in as co-anchor at World News Now, replaces Bianna Golodryga, who is off to Yahoo News... ESPN suspends Max Kellerman for comments he made about the Ray Rice situation... Fox News hands Cherie Grzech a promotion to senior director of the network's Washington bureau and the politics team... Claudia Milne will run Bloomberg's U.S. live television coverage after 20 years at the BBC. Her father was a producer for 60 Minutes...

Condé Nast makes a major move with Lucky, spinning it off into something called The Lucky Group, which is a joint venture with e-commerce platform BeachMint. Josh Berman, the head of the latter company, will be CEO of the new entity. For now, the magazine’s staffers are staying put. Additionally, Epicurious and Bon Appetit join sales forces, with Epicurious vice president and general manager Carolyn Kremins out in the shuffle. And Details gets a new publisher in the form of Drew Schutte, who previously held the same positions at Wired and The New Yorker... New York hires Cara Katz as advertising director. She moves from American Express Publishing, but started her career at her new home as an account executive and sales assistant...

The new luxury vertical from the good people at Bloomberg Pursuits adds four staffers, poaching Esquire senior fashion market editor Nic Screws and Tasting Table's Tejal Rao, who will be food editor and restaurant critic. Additionally, Justin Ocean leaves Yahoo Travel to be deputy editor, with Stephen Pulvirent stepping in as associate editor... Business Insider continues to expand its U.K. shop, hiring Michael Bird as markets and finance reporter, James Cook as tech reporter and Tomas Hirst as politics reporter. They come from City A.M., The Daily Dot and the World Economic Forum, respectively... adds Nylon market director Rachael Wang. She'll be fashion market director... And there are changes at Food Network Magazine, Guardian U.S. and more...

August 12, 2014: Oliver Laughland has been named senior reporter at Guardian U.S. He had been reporter at Guardian Australia. (FishbowlNY)

August 12, 2014: Alex Needham has been named arts editor at Guardian U.S. He had been culture editor at (FishbowlNY)

August 12, 2014: Dominic Rushe has been named technology editor, East Coast, at Guardian U.S. He had been U.S. business correspondent at The Guardian. (FishbowlNY)

August 12, 2014: Adam Serwer has been named national editor at BuzzFeed. He had been reporter at MSNBC. (FishbowlNY)

August 12, 2014: Audrey Savage has been named vice president of sales at Telemundo in San Antonio. She had been sales manager at Telemundo 39 in Dallas. (TVSpy)

August 12, 2014: Alex Kirchner has been named chief meteorologist at WREX Rockford, Ill. He had been weekend meteorologist at WXOW in La Crosse, Wis. (TVSpy)

August 12, 2014: Greg Adaline has been named anchor at WVUE in New Orleans. He had been anchor at WLNS in Lansing, Mich. (TVSpy)

August 12, 2014: Dhanusha Sivajee has been named executive vice president of marketing at XO Group. She had been chief marketing officer at AOL Brand Group. (FishbowlNY)

August 12, 2014: Barbara Messing has been named director at XO Group. She had been chief marketing officer at TripAdvisor. (FishbowlNY)

August 12, 2014: Edith Zimmerman has been named senior writer at First Look Media. She had been editor at The Hairpin. (FishbowlNY)

August 12, 2014: Laura Dawn has been named executive editor of multimedia at First Look Media. She had been creative and cultural director at (FishbowlNY)

August 12, 2014: Paul Mueller has been named anchor at WBIN in Concord, N.H. He had been general assignment reporter at Bay News 9 in Tampa, Fla. (TVSpy)

August 12, 2014: Jess Seilheimer has been named chief strategy officer at MWW. She had been senior vice president, digital innovation/strategic planning, at Havas. (PRNewser)

August 12, 2014: Kara Freisinger has been named sales director at Food Network Magazine. She had been freelance account manager at Real Simple. (FishbowlNY)

August 12, 2014: Yasmin Sabir has been named senior editor at Food Network Magazine. She had been senior associate food editor at Woman’s Day. (FishbowlNY)

August 12, 2014: Erica Cohen has been named market editor at Food Network Magazine. She had been assistant editor at HGTV Magazine. (FishbowlNY)

August 12, 2014: Sarah Bruning has been named senior features editor at Food Network Magazine. She had been features editor at Natural Health and Fit Pregnancy. (FishbowlNY)

August 12, 2014: Steven Barbeau has been named deputy art director at Food Network Magazine. He had been senior designer at Flex Magazine. (FishbowlNY)

August 12, 2014: Jennifer Vineyard has been named senior editor at New York. She had been a freelance writer. (mb)

August 11, 2014: Drew Schutte has been named publisher at Details. He had been chief integration officer at Condé Nast. (FishbowlNY)

August 11, 2014: Lori Senecal has been named president and chief executive officer at MDC Partner Network. She had been chief executive officer at Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners. (AgencySpy)

August 11, 2014: Hope Hanselman has been named reporter at WLOS in Asheville, N.C. She had been reporter at KVLY-KXJB in Fargo, N.D. (TVSpy)

August 11, 2014: Ingrid Allstaedt has been named weather anchor at WLOS in Asheville, N.C. She had been reporter there. (TVSpy)

August 11, 2014: Kenneth Li has been named editor-in-chief at Re/code. He had been managing editor there. (FishbowlNY)

August 11, 2014: Cara Katz has been named advertising director at New York. She had been director, corporate marketing and sales, at American Express Publishing. (FishbowlNY)

August 11, 2014: Sean Moriarty has been named chief executive officer at Demand Media. He had been chief executive officer at Saatchi Art. (release)

August 11, 2014: Claudia Milne has been named head of U.S. live TV at Bloomberg. She had been deputy editor, North America edition, at (TVNewser)

August 11, 2014: Cherie Grzech has been named senior director, Washington bureau and politics, at Fox News. She had been director of news and politics there. (FishbowlDC)

August 11, 2014: Rachael Wang has been named fashion market director at She had been market director at Nylon. (FishbowlNY)

August 11, 2014: Austin Beutner has been named publisher and chief executive officer at the Los Angeles Times. He had been president and co-chief executive officer at Evercore Partners. (FishbowlNY)

August 11, 2014: Maureen Dowd has been named staff writer at The New York Times Magazine. She will continue in her role as op-ed columnist at The New York Times. (FishbowlNY)

August 11, 2014: Aaron Nolan has been named co-anchor of KARK 4 Today at KARK in Little Rock, Ark. He had been anchor at KOLZ in Little Rock, Ark. (TVSpy)

August 11, 2014: Rick Lipps has been named general manager at WICS in Springfield-Decatur, Ill. He had been vice president and general manager at WCBD in Charleston, S.C. (TVSpy)

August 11, 2014: Megan Espinal has been named marketing associate at American College of Education. She had been web editor and director of social media at The Saturday Evening Post. (mb)

August 11, 2014: Jaime Hollander has been named special projects director at Better Homes & Gardens. She had been merchandising director at Every Day with Rachael Ray. (mb)

August 11, 2014: Donna Bembenek has been named vice president, marketing communications, at YMCA of the USA. She had been senior vice president, external relations, at YMCA Milwaukee. (mb)

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