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Revolving Door Newsletter: 12.23.08

WaPo's Online Editor Steps Down

December 23, 2008
Jim Brady will step down from his position as executive editor of after Inauguration Day. Brady started at the site in 1995 as sports editor before decamping to America Online. He returned four years ago to head the online newsroom, which will merge with the print newsroom next year and could result in a decrease in power for the Web boss. Brady said he is "beat up, tired, burned out," and that the decision was entirely his call. D.C. insiders are already speculating about his replacement, with Liz Spayd's name being tossed around...

Could the rumors of the magazine industry's death be exaggerated? Well, no, but 335 new magazines did launch in 2008. That number was down 13 percent from the previous year, and most were niche titles... Wenner Media put its Us Weekly spinoff, Us Style, on hold until the fall of 2009. The magazine was scheduled to publish quarterly starting this spring...

It looks more and more like Chris Matthews won't run for Senate after all. Steve Capus, for one, doesn't think he will... Aurelia Grayson jumped from The Early Show to senior broadcast producer of the NBC Nightly News... Ray Ban, the perfectly-named EVP of programming and meteorology at The Weather Channel, is retiring...

In a twist worthy of The Wire, The Baltimore Sun's editor Timothy A. Franklin leaves the paper to teach at the Indiana University School of Journalism. Montgomery Cook, currently the director of content development, will replace Franklin... Congressional Quarterly hired a couple staffers...

The Journal Register Co. shuttered 16 newspapers in the Connecticut area. Twenty-one people lost their jobs... The Seattle Times told 500 staffers they would be taking a mandatory week off without pay sometime between now and February. Expect the paper to take more drastic cost-cutting measures in the near future as it struggles to avoid yet another round of layoffs... One solution to the Internet problem for newspapers: ignore it entirely. This is the strategy of New Jersey-based TriCityNews, which is thriving with no Web presence...

Frank Gehry has been forced to lay off the design staff working on the Atlantic Yards project in light of Bruce Ratner's decision to put it on hold... Brad Kay takes over the top spot at SS+K... And there are changes at CNN, Sunset, Grand Central Publishing, Inside Congress, and more...

December 23, 2008: Laura Hagen has been named senior director of integrated sales at She had been director of sales, Eastern region there. (WebNewser)
December 23, 2008: Jeff Flores has been named director of sales, Western region at He had been national sales director at American Greetings Interactive. (WebNewser)
December 23, 2008: Celia Wu has been named senior director of sales development at (WebNewser)
December 22, 2008: Montgomery Cook has been named editor, senior vice president at The Baltimore Sun. He had been director of content development there. (E&P)
December 22, 2008: Aurelia Grayson has been named senior broadcast producer at NBC Nightly News. She had been senior supervising producer and broadcast producer, The Early Show at CBS News. (TVNewser)
December 22, 2008: Brad Kay has been named president at SS+K. He had been former executive director at DraftFCB. (AgencySpy)
December 22, 2008: Eran Lobel has been named founder, CEO at Boston.TV/Citylife.TV. He had been executive producer at Element Productions. (mb)
December 22, 2008: Celia Johnson has been named assisant editor at Grand Central Publishing. (Publishers Lunch)
December 22, 2008: Karen Kosztolnyik has been named executive editor at Grand Central Publishing. (Publishers Lunch)
December 22, 2008: Bennett Roth has been named leadership reporter at Inside Congress. He had been Washington bureau correspondent at the Houston Chronicle. (FBDC)
December 22, 2008: Jim Kirk has been named government team leader, Washington bureau at Bloomberg News. He had been associate managing editor, business news at the Chicago Tribune. (FBDC)
December 21, 2008: Olivia Zaleski has been named host, junior producer at CNN. She had been contributing editor at (mb)
December 20, 2008: Jeff Donald has been named communications manager at USEC, Inc.. He had been director of external affairs at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (mb)
December 19, 2008: Samantha Rady has been named account manager at Huson International Media. She had been sales development director at Jewish Living. (mb)
December 19, 2008: Hugh Lessig has been named military reporter at Newport News Daily Press. He had been capitol reporter there. (mb)

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