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Revolving Door Newsletter: 03.15.11

Biz Stone Joins HuffPo; Facebook Poaches Google

March 15, 2011
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Arianna Huffington continues her talent acquisition, bringing 11 new faces into her tangled web. The biggest get is former New York Times editor John Montorio, who joins as culture and entertainment editor. Techcrunch calls the hire "a dramatic shift in favor of real journalism within AOL." Is the AOL Way giving way to the right way? Huffington and Tim Armstrong also hand some stock to Twitter founder Biz Stone in exchange for his services. AOL seemingly parts ways with all its freelancers and watches as Engadget editors Josh Topolsky and Nilay Patel walk away, citing a desire to move on from the place they've called home for too long...

Al Qaeda launches a female companion for Inspire. Al-Shamikha is aimed at the wives of Islamist martyrs and has already earned the nickname "Jihad Cosmo" from the Daily Mail... Maura Johnston lands at the Village Voice as music editor, replacing Rob Harvilla who decamps for Rhapsody in San Francisco. Johnston was the founding editor of Idolator and also recently helped out at The Awl... Hearst recruits David Kang as creative director, content extensions. He had been senior vice president, general manager at Rodale...

Katie Couric could be moving to ABC. Her contract with CBS expires in June, and there's talk she'll rejoin Jeff Zucker on a show. The network doesn't have any "natural openings" at the current moment, but you get the feeling that could be altered for such a big name. Ricki Lake could return to television in 2012. Twentieth, NBC and CBS are all reportedly interested in her daytime show, but the Couric discussions among other factors are slowing progress... CNN Worldwide taps Janet Rolle as executive vice president and chief marketing officer. She had been in the same position at BET Networks... Evan Bayh joins Fox News as a commentator and political analyst...

Facebook steals Amir Zoufonoun from Google. He was the company's No. 2 M&A person and will help Mark Zuckerberg expand his empire through purchases... Nikki Finke poaches from one of her favorite targets, snagging Hollywood Reporter's Patrick Hipes as managing editor of He's been with THR since 2004... Bill O'Reilly lands a book deal worth seven figures... Digg recruits Ben Folk-Williams to replace John Quinn... The head of Flickr leaves... Julia Allison hires the PR agency run by Susan Blond... And there are changes at Prometheus Global Media, and more...

March 15, 2011: John Montorio has been named culture & entertainment editor at Huffington Post. He had been editor-at-large at Entrepreneur Media. (TechCrunch)

March 15, 2011: Danielle Kimiatek has been named PR manager at Grey Group's Alliance. She had been account executive at Dan Klores Communications. (mb)

March 15, 2011: Laurence Bret-Stern has been named marketing director for Europe, the Middle East and Asia at LinkedIn. He had been director of European marketing at AOL. (WebNewser)

March 15, 2011: Ben Folk-Williams has been named vice president of engineering at Digg. He had been vice president of engineering at Vast. (WebNewser)

March 15, 2011: Dave Hathaway has been named special projects manager at Greenleaf Book Group. He had been business book buyer at Barnes & Noble. (GalleyCat)

March 15, 2011: Jen DiMascio has been named congressional editor at Aviation Week. She had been reporter at Politico. (FBDC)

March 15, 2011: Maura Johnston has been named music editor at Village Voice. She had been a freelance editor and music writer. (FBNY)

March 15, 2011: Charlie Waters has been named assistant managing editor at Las Vegas Review-Journal. He had been director of editorial support services there. (FBLA)

March 15, 2011: Cynthia Parsons McDaniel has been named consultant at ORBITNY 360. She is a contributing editor at (mb)

March 15, 2011: Mark Buckallew has been named director of product marketing at Maxymiser. He had been senior director of products at InQuira. (mb)

March 14, 2011: Marcy Polanco has been named senior director, corporate communications at BET Networks. She had been director, corporate communications there. (mb)

March 14, 2011: Allison Graham has been named head of production at Alpha Girl Productions. She had been head of production at Ten96Films. (mb)

March 14, 2011: Lisa Summers Haas has been named president and owner at About Town Public Relations. She had been vice president, communications at CBS. (mb)

March 14, 2011: Matt Kaplan has been named chief revenue officer at My Damn Channel. He had been vice president, digital media at Alpha Media Group. (mb)

March 14, 2011: Jason Allen has been named reporter at KTVT in Dallas. He had been reporter at WFTV in Orlando. (TVSpy)

March 14, 2011: Philip Klein has been named senior writer at Washington Examiner's commentary section. He had been a writer at American Spectator. (FBDC)

March 14, 2011: Jennifer Bendery has been named White House correspondent at Huffington Post. She had been White House reporter at Roll Call. (FBDC)

March 14, 2011: Shira Toeplitz has been named senior leader on the politics team at Roll Call. She had been reporter at Politico. (FBDC)

March 14, 2011: Scott Silverstein has been named assistant sports editor at Washington Examiner. He had been sports copy editor there. (FBDC)

March 14, 2011: Jeff Tomik has been named sports editor at Washington Examiner. He had been assistant sports editor there. (FBDC)

March 14, 2011: Biz Stone has been named strategic adviser for social impact at Huffington Post. He had been co-founder at Twitter. (FBNY)

March 14, 2011: Stephanie Rudnick has been named VP, marketing & communications at Wasserman Media Group. She had been VP, global communications at Momentum Worldwide. (mb)

March 14, 2011: Janet Rolle has been named executive VP and CMO at CNN. She had been executive VP and CMO at BET. (TVNewser)

March 14, 2011: Vikii Wong has been named freelance data management, visual content group at Scholastic. She had been freelance photo editor at Working Mother. (mb)

March 14, 2011: Ken Strickland has been named Washington deputy bureau chief at CNN. He had been Senate producer there. (TVNewser)

March 14, 2011: David Bohrman has been named senior vice president and chief innovation officer at CNN. He had been Washington bureau chief there. (TVNewser)

March 14, 2011: Patrick Hipes has been named managing editor at Nikki Finke's He had been assistant managing editor at Hollywood Reporter. (FBLA)

March 14, 2011: Ryan Pinette has been named vice president of production and operations at Bravo. He had been director of production and operations there. (FBLA)

March 14, 2011: Abby Gardner has been named site director at She had been beauty editor at (The Daily)

March 14, 2011: David Kang has been named creative director, content extensions at Hearst. He had been senior vice president and general manager at Rodale. (The Daily)

March 13, 2011: Lynn Harris has been named communications specialist at Breakthrough. She had been a freelance writer. (mb)

March 12, 2011: Christine Porretta has been named site editor at She had been producer at Disney. (mb)

March 11, 2011: Orville Clarke has been named creative director at Prometheus Global Media. He had been consulting at The Economist Group. (mb)

March 11, 2011: James Klatell has been named Web editor at The Hill. He had been managing editor at Campaigns & Elections. (mb)

March 11, 2011: Matthew Breen has been named editor-in-chief at The Advocate. He had been executive editor there. (mb)

March 11, 2011: John Levesque has been named managing editor at Seattle Business. He had been managing editor at Seattle. (mb)

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