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Revolving Door Newsletter: 08.23.11

A Coup For Al Jazeera; Bleacher Report Gets Legit

August 23, 2011
Big moves in network news. NBC News recruits Al Jazeera's Ayman Mohyeldin. The AJE star will be The Peacock's newest foreign correspondent. His new position signals yet another sign that the place he leaves is becoming a legitimate channel in the United States. It's a coup for Al Jazeera and Mohyeldin and a great hire for NBC News. The network, however, loses Lee Cowan to CBS News. He came from The Eye in 2007. At NBC, he covered the Obama campaign before moving to the Los Angeles bureau...

Fox News Channel gives the weekend afternoon anchor slot at America's News Headquarters to Heather Childers. She joined the network in February... Brian Kenny will say goodbye to SportsCenter. There are rumors he's headed to MLB Network, which would be a big score for the growing and improving network... Vince Cellini is the new host of NBA GameTime. He will also host College Football Preview Show on American Public Media taps Deborah Clark as executive producer of Marketplace. She takes over for the promoted JJ Yore, who is the show's general manager...

Patrick Day moves to The Hollywood Reporter as deputy editor of the website. He founded the Los Angeles Times' The Envelope blog...  Roll Call loses Emily Heil to the Washington Post. She'll work on the national staff, writing "In the Loop" with Al Kamen... Trish Wilson is the new deputy Latin America and Caribbean editor at Associated Press. She leaves from the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she was assistant managing editor... After 128 years, American Printer closes its doors. "Ultimately, there was no foreseeable model to achieve profitability," editor Katherine O'Brien wrote in a blog post announcing the news... The American Society of News Editors cuts four full-time positions...

Bleacher Report takes a huge step toward legitimacy, starting a Lead Writer program and recruiting Bethlehem Shoals, Dan Levy and three others to the positions. This follows on the heels of the King Kaufman hire in January and it is a big symbol of the site's outsized ambitions... Todd Bradley really wants out of HP. The Personal Systems Group head wants to be CEO somewhere else... And there are changes at and more...

August 23, 2011: Beth Jacobson has been named senior director of public relations at Entertainment Weekly. She had been director of public relations at Lucky. (release)

August 23, 2011: Kierna Mayo has been named editorial director of digital at Ebony. She had been editorial director at (mb)

August 23, 2011: Charlie Gray has been named chief people officer at BuyWithMe. He had been executive vice president at . (TechCrunch)

August 23, 2011: Michael Caplan has been named president and general manager at KTHV-TV in Little Rock, Ariz. He had been vice president and general manager at WBTW-TV in Florence-Myrtle Beach, S.C. (TVSpy)

August 23, 2011: Leslie Barrett has been named co-anchor at WFMJ-TV in Youngstown, Ohio. She had been reporter and weekend anchor at WTAP-TV in Parkersburg, W.Va. (TVSpy)

August 23, 2011: Sonya Stevens has been named meteorologist at WCIV-TV in Charleston, S.C. She had been meteorologist at WMAZ-TV in Macon, Ga. (TVSpy)

August 23, 2011: Aaron Ofseyer has been named meteorologist at WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, Mich. He had been meteorologist at KEZI-TV in Eugene, Ore. (TVSpy)

August 23, 2011: Cristi Jessee has been named news director at KBAK-TV in Bakersfield, Calif. She had been news director at KSAX-TV in Alexandria, Minn. (TVSpy)

August 23, 2011: Sam Ryan has been named host and reporter at MLB Network. She had been sports anchor at WCBS-TV in New York. (TVSpy)

August 23, 2011: Ayman Mohyeldin has been named foreign correspondent at NBC News. He had been English correspondent at Al Jazeera. (TVNewser)

August 23, 2011: Heather Childers has been named co-anchor at America's News Headquarters. She had been reporter there. (TVNewser)

August 23, 2011: Emily Heil has been named reporter at CQ-Roll Call Politics. She had been reporter at the . (FishbowlDC)

August 23, 2011: Bret Hovell has been named Washington-based producer at CBS News. He had been digital producer at ABC News. (FishbowlDC)

August 23, 2011: Dan Levy has been named national lead writer at He had been contributor at (FishbowlLA)

August 22, 2011: Laura Petersen has been named senior director of sales at Resonate Networks. She had been director of West Coast sales at 4Info. (mb)

August 22, 2011: Laura Locke has been named senior writer of social media at CNET. She had been a reporter at Time and (release)

August 22, 2011: Trish Wilson has been named deputy Latin America and Caribbean editor at Associated Press. She had been assistant managing editor at Philadelphia Inquirer. (Huffington Post)

August 20, 2011: Joan K. Smith has been named VP of marketing and managing editor at She had been managing editor and associate director at (mb)

August 19, 2011: Kate Glover has been named morning executive producer at KNSD-TV in San Diego. She had been news director at KMIR-TV in Palm Springs, Calif. (TVSpy)

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