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Revolving Door Newsletter: 05.03.11

Yahoo Poaches HuffPo; Staff Shuffles at Today

May 3, 2011
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On the heels of record-breaking traffic surrounding the royal wedding, Yahoo recruits Jai Singh as editor-in-chief for the company's media network. He was the managing editor of the Huffington Post Media Group and previously worked at CNET. Nico Pitney steps in to fill the void left by the departed talent. He's been the executive editor after starting at Arianna's site as politics editor during the 2008 presidential campaign...

Elle promotes Melissa Jewsbury to assistant managing editor. She had been production manager... Lucky loses market editor Jenny Kang who departs for where she'll be senior fashion editor... Business analyst Denise Johnson moves to Claims Journal as an associate editor... Ann Moore was seen at Time Inc.'s headquarters. Could she be back on staff?...

Ann Curry is expected to succeed Meredith Vieira as co-host on the Today show. Curry is currently the news anchor there. Vieira's decision to leave is her own. Today's 9 a.m. anchor Natalie Morales will take Curry's spot with White House correspondent and MSNBC anchor Savannah Guthrie stepping into the 9 a.m. anchor role. The new co-host will be heavily scrutinized to see if she messes up NBC's cash-making formula... Mary Hager replaces Carin Pratt as executive producer of Face the Nation. She's been with CBS News since 1991 and has worked on the CBS Evening News since 2001... Kevin Negandhi replaces Josh Elliott on the morning edition of SportsCenter. The previous anchor jumped to Good Morning America... NPR hires Edward Schumacher-Matos as ombudsman. He had been in the same position at The Miami Herald...

Patch taps Liena Zagare to head its community engagement efforts. She founded a well-known network of blogs about Brooklyn and is married to Politico's Ben Smith... Mike Brown, who was fired from Facebook for buying shares on the secondary market, joins Twitter. He'll work on mergers and acquisitions again... And there are changes at, Runner's World and more...

May 3, 2011: Susan Avery has been named digital director at More. She had been editor-in-chief at AOL's (mb)

May 3, 2011: Noreen Seebacher has been named community editor at She had been technology editor at

May 3, 2011: Laura Owen has been named staff writer at paidContent. She had been editorial manager at Publishing Trends. (mb)

May 3, 2011: Mike Wilson has been named EVP, group creative director at Arnold Worldwide. He had been chief creative officer at GSD&M. (AgencySpy)

May 3, 2011: Nico Pitney has been named managing editor at Huffington Post. He had been executive editor there. (FBNY)

May 3, 2011: Vlada Gelman has been named reporter at She had been a freelancer there. (FBLA)

May 3, 2011: Alan Abrahamson has been named teacher at USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. He had been sports columnist at NBC's sports blogs. (FBLA)

May 3, 2011: Jai Singh has been named editor-in-chief at Yahoo Media Network. He had been managing editor at Huffington Post. (TechCrunch)

May 3, 2011: Michael Brown has been named director of corporate development at Twitter. He had been a corporate development executive at Facebook. (AllTwitter)

May 3, 2011: Zoe Ryan has been named chair of architecture and design departments at Art Institute of Chicago. She had been interim chair of architecture and design departments there. (UnBeige)

May 3, 2011: Alyson Baker has been named director at Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. She had been executive director at Socrates Sculpture Park. (UnBeige)

May 3, 2011: Cathleen McGuigan has been named editor-in-chief at Architectural Record. She had been contributor at Newsweek. (UnBeige)

May 3, 2011: David Graf has been named associate multimedia producer at Runner's World. He had been communications specialist at Community Action Association of Pennsylvania. (release)

May 3, 2011: Amanda Hinderks has been named assistant photo editor at Runner's World. She had been intern at The Octagon Center for the Arts. (release)

May 3, 2011: Debra Witt has been named pages editor at Runner's World. She had been executive editor at Rodale's custom publishing group. (release)

May 3, 2011: Mike Fazioli has been named managing editor at Runner's World. He had been managing editor at Travel + Leisure.(release)

May 3, 2011: Kathy Leake has been named president and founding partner at LocalResponse. She had been co-founder and former chief revenue officer at Media6Degrees. (release)

May 3, 2011: Zach McCann has been named multimedia reporter at Orlando Sentinel. He had been sports assistant there. (mb)

May 3, 2011: Belinda Lanks has been named senior editor at Fast Company's design blog Co.Design. She had been managing editor at Metropolis. (mb)

May 2, 2011: Willie Wiest has been named inside sales associate at New Harbinger Publications. She had been sales intern there. (mb)

May 2, 2011: Lo Merino has been named publicity assistant at New Harbinger Publications. She had been publicity intern there. (mb)

May 2, 2011: Denise Johnson has been named associate editor at Claims Journal. She had been a senior claims examiner, field claims representative and a claims adjuster.(release)

May 2, 2011: Jenny Kang has been named senior fashion editor at She had been market editor at Lucky. (release)

May 2, 2011: Tony Cassara has been named CEO at Young Broadcasting. He had been director at Univision. (TVSpy)

May 2, 2011: Alex Vallis has been named senior digital editor at She had been editing and producing all of the food content at (release)

May 2, 2011: Robert Clifton has been named VP, creative director at Burrell Communications. He had been VP, creative director at Campbell Mithun. (PRNewser)

May 2, 2011: Zoe Schepps has been named public relations manager at Revlon. She had been public relations manager at InStyle. (The Daily)

May 2, 2011: Edward Schumacher-Matos has been named ombudsman at NPR. He had been ombudsman at The Miami Herald. (Poynter)

May 2, 2011: Melissa Jewsbury has been named assistant managing editor at ELLE. She had been production manager there. (mb)

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