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Revolving Door Newsletter: 08.02.11

Martha Stewart Eyes a Comeback; Women's Publishers Wanted

August 2, 2011
Charles Koppelman plans to step down as the executive chairman of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. He'll make $1.47 million as a severance package. The move paves the way for the eponymous founder to retake the top spot. She had been barred from doing so for six years as a result of her insider trading sentence. In a lengthy story on the fate of MSLO, New York paints a picture of a company desperate for leadership. The only problem: It doesn't sound like Stewart is the answer...

The New York Times promotes Dick Stevenson to editor of the new political desk. He had been the deputy bureau chief in Washington, D.C. The paper is clearly planning to ramp up its coverage heading into the 2012 election... Add Margot Roosevelt and Salar Jaff to the list of names laid off at the Los Angeles Times... Peter Lauria joins Reuters where he'll be editor-in-chief of technology, media and telecommunications. He was previously at Mogulite and The Daily Beast...

MSNBC hands Chris Hayes his own show. He will continue as editor-at-large at The Nation while sliding into the anchor seat on the weekends... Diane Robina leaves TV Guide Network. She had been executive VP, programming and marketing. Allen Shapiro will take over her duties...

Glamour, Women's Health and Real Simple all need new publishers, but executives do not seem in a huge hurry to fill the roles. The first magazine on that list does make one hire, snagging Holly Siegel from Nylon as senior beauty editor... Richard Beckman has a new gig at Prometheus, but no one can seem to decide if it's a promotion or not... Heather Gumbley joins Bonnier Corp.'s parenting group as associate publisher, marketing. She had been executive director of creative services for the Fairchild Fashion Group at Conde Nast... W creates a new position, naming Ed Romaine executive director of creative services and marketing. He joins from Elle...

Wendi Sturgis leaves Yahoo after Carol Bartz blamed the sales staff for a poor second quarter. She had been VP of North American account management. She's joining Yext, a startup... AOL HuffPo installs Christina Norman, who was recently disposed of her duties as CEO of OWN, to head the Black Voices site... Colin Dickerman, vice president and publishing director at Rodale Books, moves to Penguin Press as executive editor... Mauro DiPreta leaves HarperCollins imprint It Books for Crown to take over as editor-in-chief at Crown Archetype... And there are changes at Stylecaster, KYW in Philadelphia, and more...

August 2, 2011: Ed Romaine has been named executive director of creative services and marketing at W. He had been integrated marketing director at Elle. (FishbowlNY)

August 2, 2011: Iva Campisano has been named VP, sales at PMC. She had been sales manager, mobile advertising at Apple. (mb)

August 2, 2011: Dick Stevenson has been named political editor at The New York Times. He had been deputy Washington bureau chief there. (FishbowlNY)

August 2, 2011: Belinda Rasmussen has been named publisher at Pan Macmillan. She had been managing director at Carlton Publishing Group. (Publishers Lunch)

August 2, 2011: Adina Smith has been named SVP, group account director at Dentsu America. She had been SVP at Young & Rubicam. (mb)

August 2, 2011: Nicole Maziarz has been named senior designer at DMW Direct. She had been designer at Zer0to5ive. (mb)

August 2, 2011: David R. Mitchell has been named VP, creative director at SapientNitro. He had been SVP, executive creative director at Digitas. (AgencySpy)

August 2, 2011: Richard Rayner has been named columnist at the Los Angeles Review of Books. He had been columnist at the Los Angeles Times. (GalleyCat)

August 2, 2011: Sean Smith has been named SVP, global crisis communications at Porter Novelli. He had been assistant secretary of public affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. (PRNewser)

August 2, 2011: Hugh Douglas has been named studio analyst at ESPN. He had been reporter at WTXF-TV in Philadelphia. (SportsNewser)

August 2, 2011: Jonathan Yuhas has been named weekend meteorologist at KSTP in Minneapolis/St. Paul. He had been meteorologist at KARE in Minneapolis/St. Paul. (TVSpy)

August 2, 2011: Katie Fehlinger has been named weather forecaster at KYW-WPSG in Philadelphia. She had been weather forecaster at WCBS in New York. (TVSpy)

August 1, 2011: Laurie Petersen has been named executive producer and chief content officer at PRO U. She had been editorial director at Econsultancy. (mb)

August 1, 2011: Peter Lauria has been named editor-at-large at Reuters. He had been consultant at Mogulite. (FishbowlNY)

August 1, 2011: Christina Norman has been named executive editor of Black Voices at Huffington Post. She had been chief executive officer at OWN. (paidContent)

August 1, 2011: Heather Gumbley has been named associate publisher, marketing at The Parenting Group. She had been executive director of creative services at Fairchild Fashion Group. (FishbowlNY)

August 1, 2011: Ashley Vuckovich has been named booker at AOL's You've Got. She had been casting producer at Strickman-Ripps. (mb)

July 31, 2011: Meghan Cross has been named communications manager at StyleCaster. She had been senior account executive for

July 31, 2011: Holly Siegel has been named senior beauty editor at Glamour. She had been beauty director at Nylon. (mb)

July 29, 2011: Emily Miethner has been named community manager at She had been social media marketing coordinator at Sterling Publishing. (mb)

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