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Revolving Door Newsletter: 05.24.11

NYT Hires New Op-Ed Columnist; Scores Editor

May 24, 2011
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Frank Bruni lands himself a new gig at The New York Times. The former chief restaurant critic had been hanging out as writer-at-large at the weekly magazine, but he is moving to the op-ed page. The plan calls for Bruni to anchor the revamped Sunday "Week in Review" section headed by opinion pages editor Andrew Rosenthal. Bruni will also pen a weekly column in the paper, probably on Thursdays. NYT brass won't say he is replacing anyone -- and technically they are correct -- but there's a gaping hole in the op-ed lineup left by the departure of Frank Rich and Bob Herbert...

WSJ. Magazine hires Michael Caruso as deputy editor. He owned the top jobs at Details and Men's Journal before moving to an editor-at-large role with the ill-fated Portfolio... Tina Brown recruits Simon Schama as a contributor. He'll stay at The New Yorker as well, although the frequency of his articles will decrease... Amanda Hess escapes for GOOD's California office...

Newsday gives raises to its managers less than a year after union members took five and 10 percent pay cuts... The Sacramento Bee lays off 44, including nine in the newsroom. The paper has cut 400 jobs over the past three years... Roll Call reorganizes its copy and design desks, promoting Emily Ortman to copy desk chief and Blake Whitney to deputy design director... Jeanne Cummings leaves Politico for Bloomberg. She joins as enterprise editor... The Washington Post loses "Spy Talk" columnist Jeff Stein to the National Security Counselors where he'll be news media counselor... promotes Kenneth Li to editor. Joining Li is Huffington Post business editor Ryan McCarthy as deputy editor. Li replaces James Ledbetter, who moves to op-ed editor. Is Reuters trying to compete with Bloomberg View?... CBS Interactive makes a host of changes prompted by the departures of senior vice president and GM Greg Mason and executive editor Neil Katz... NBC grabs Tal Rabinowitz as executive vice president of comedy programming... MSNBC taps former RNC chairman Michael Steele as a contributor. He reportedly had offers from CNN and Fox as well...

Phyllis Grann is retiring after a legendary editorial career. She's currently at Doubleday and has worked with authors including Tom Clancy, Judy Blume and Patricia Cornwell. She will continue consulting and freelance editing... And there are changes at Highlights for Children, Amazon and more...

May 24, 2011: Eliza Newlin Carney has been named reporter at Roll Call's lobbying and influence team. She had been contributing editor at National Journal. (FBDC)

May 24, 2011: John Bicknell has been named editor of special publications at Roll Call. He had been reporter at CQ. (FBDC)

May 24, 2011: Wonya Lucas has been named president and CEO at TV One. She had been executive VP and COO at Discovery Channel and Science Channel. (FBDC)

May 24, 2011: Frank Bruni has been named op-ed columnist at The New York Times. He had been writer-at-large at The New York Times Magazine. (FBNY)

May 24, 2011: Romesh Ratnesar has been named deputy editor at Bloomberg Businessweek. He had been contributing editor-at-large and foreign affairs columnist at Time. (FBNY)

May 24, 2011: Kurt Soller has been named style and grooming editor at He had been men's fashion editor at Ralph Lauren. (mb)

May 24, 2011: Jason Yasment has been named West Coast sales director at Departures. He had been national sales manager at Los Angeles Times Media Group. (release)

May 24, 2011: Sean Murphy has been named director of content at American Express Publishing's Custom Media division. He had been content director at Hearst Magazines' Integrated Media division. (release)

May 24, 2011: Klaudia Kaczmarek has been named editorial assistant at She had been intern there. (mb)

May 24, 2011: Dan Beder has been named managing director, Boston at Isobar. He had been EVP, marketing director at Digitas. (release)

May 24, 2011: Mitchell Alan Parker has been named editor at Austin Monthly Home. He had been senior editor and home and design editor at Houston. (release)

May 24, 2011: Cory Rivademar has been named photo editor at Austin Monthly. She had been creative director at Trevor Romain Company. (release)

May 24, 2011: Madeline Hollern has been named senior editor at Austin Monthly. She had been assistant editor at San Antonio Magazine. (release)

May 24, 2011: Sarah Thurmond has been named senior editor at Austin Monthly. She had been associate editor at Tennis. (release)

May 24, 2011: Jessica Power has been named creative director at Austin Monthly. She had been art director at Parents. (release)

May 24, 2011: Sunil Chadda has been named CFO at Oxygen. He had been VP, corporate financial planning and analysis at NBC Universal. (release)

May 24, 2011: Mary Menna has been named market manager for Boston and Providence at Clear Channel Radio. She had been director of sales for Boston and Providence there. (release)

May 24, 2011: Pam McKay has been named market manager for San Antonio at Clear Channel Radio. She will continue to be the market manager for Austin there. (release)

May 24, 2011: Thea Mitchem has been named market manager for Washington, D.C. and Baltimore at Clear Channel Radio. She had been operations manager there. (release)

May 24, 2011: Kenneth Li has been named editor-in-charge at He had been editor-in-charge of the technology, media and telecoms reporting team there. (Poynter)

May 24, 2011: James Ledbetter has been named op-ed editor at He had been editor-in-charge there. (Poynter)

May 24, 2011: Corbett Daly has been named deputy politics editor at He had been Washington bureau chief at Thomson Reuters Financial. (TVNewser)

May 24, 2011: Ysolt Usigan will head the tech and lifestyle vertical at CBS Interactive. She had been senior beauty and style editor at (TVNewser)

May 24, 2011: Tal Rabinowitz has been named executive vice president of comedy programming at NBC Entertainment. She had been SVP of comedy development and digital programming at Sony Pictures Television. (Broadcasting and Cable)

May 23, 2011: Joseph Carvajal has been named director, marketing and business development at Latinum Network. He had been U.S. Hispanic brand marketing manager at Brown-Forman Corporation. (mb)

May 23, 2011: Rich Calacci has been named chief revenue officer at Bleacher Report. He had been SVP at CBS Interactive. (mb)

May 23, 2011: Charlotte Steinway has been named editorial assistant at She had been editorial intern at (mb)

May 23, 2011: Larry Kirshbaum has been named publisher at Amazon's general-interest imprint. He had operated LJK Literary Management. (GalleyCat)

May 23, 2011: Jeff Stein has been named news media counselor at National Security Counselors. He is a noted author and expert on national security and foreign affairs issues. (FBDC)

May 23, 2011: Amanda Hess has been named lifestyle editor at GOOD. She had been sex and gender columnist at (FBDC)

May 23, 2011: Simon Schama has been named contributor at The Newsweek Daily Beast Company. He will continue to write for The New Yorker. (FBNY)

May 23, 2011: Jeanne Cummings has been named enterprise editor at Bloomberg. She had been assistant managing editor at Politico. (FBNY)

May 22, 2011: Elizabeth Van Doren has been named executive editor, book publishing at Highlights for Children. She had been a freelance editor and writer. (mb)

May 21, 2011: Desiree Rabuse has been named editor-in-chief at She had been freelance writer at BlackBook. (mb)

May 21, 2011: Chris Heuwetter has been named president at TwiloPR. He had been executive at M. Silver Associate. (mb)

May 20, 2011: Sarah Caron has been named social media editor at Education World. She had been freelancer writer, editor and recipe developer. (mb)

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