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Josh Earnest Learns During WH Press Briefing of Reports that Steve Sotloff was Beheaded

Screen Shot 2014-09-02 at 14.44.15During today’s White House press briefing with Josh Earnest and moments after initial reports that American journalist Steve Sotloff was beheaded by ISIS, TIME’s Zeke Miller asked Earnest about the reports or for reaction, which the White House press secretary had yet to learn or see.

“This is something that the administration has obviously been watching very carefully since this threat against Mr. Sotloff’s life was originally made a few weeks ago,” said Earnest this afternoon. “Our thoughts and prayers, first and foremost, are with Mr. Sotloff and Mr. Sotloff’s family, and those who worked with him. The United States, as you know, has dedicated significant time and resources to trying and rescue Mr. Sotloff.” Read more

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Stratacomm’s Emily Kuhn Joins CNN Digital as Publicist

image.pngDC publicists take note, another Tuesday announcement out of CNN’s Washington bureau to be put on your radar. Stratacomm’s Emily Kuhn has joined CNN Digital as a publicist.

An email sent out by former FishbowlDC editor turned CNN-er Matt Dornic announced Kuhn’s hire. Kuhn interned for Dornic at 3 Dog Agency, a media relations boutique he founded in 2007, and in her new role will focus her initial attention on CNNMoney and CNNPolitics.com.

Kuhn is the recipient of Public Relations Society of America’s Silver Anvil and Bronze Anvil awards, a PR Daily Social Media Award and a National Association of Government Communicators Award.

See Dornic’s welcome to staff after the jump. Read more

Slate’s David Weigel Headed to Bloomberg Politics

WeigelIn a post to Slate Tuesday afternoon, political reporter David Weigel announced his September 19 departure for Bloomberg Politics, days ahead of the expected October 6 launch of the Bloomberg Politics site, to feature a daily politics show with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.

“This is still my favorite magazine and I’m only leaving it because Bloomberg’s putting together — I will try to avoid corporate-speak — an ambitious political magazine run by the sort of geniuses who made Bloomberg Businessweek into a great print mag, and New York‘s political coverage a daily must-read,” wrote Weigel. Read more

Zach Wolf Named Managing Editor of CNN Politics Digital

rRRQ0XAqCNN executive director of Politics Digital Rachel Smolkin today announced to staff that Zach Wolf will join her as managing editor of CNN’s digital political endeavors. Smolkin joined CNN in August from POLITICO where she served as managing editor for news.

“As we launch an innovative new era for our political coverage, Zach brings a very special blend of talents: a keen eye for news, a deep knowledge of video journalism in both the broadcast and digital spaces, and a sophisticated understanding of the Washington bureau’s awesome news-gathering operation,” wrote Smolkin in an email to to the DC bureau.

Wolf joined CNN in July 2013 as a senior planning editor. Prior to that he was the deputy political director for ABC News.

See Smolkin’s full note to staff after the jump. Read more

Two New Hires for Morning Consult, Tech Vertical to Launch this Month

8y4hMLAdThe Morning Consult announced today that Marissa Evans and Davis Burroughs will join the digital media company that in the past six months has grown to cover health, energy, and finance policy.

Evans joins the Consult as health editor after a fellowship at Kaiser Health News, replacing Jonathan Easley who later this month will launch its new tech vertical. Evans is the founder and editor-in-chief of InHue Magazine, a digital health publication for women of color.

Burroughs joins Morning Consult as an editorial assistant and will manage its columns section.

FOX News Radio White House Correspondent Mike Majchrowitz Passed Away at 51

f2672570abd6d9f0e311a2c08904942aMike Majchrowitz, White House correspondent for FOX News Radio, passed away Sunday at the age of 51 after a long battle with cancer.

“Mike was an original – a solidly tenacious reporter, a thoughtful anchor and a good man,” said Mitch David, FOX News Radio VP. “He earned the respect of his colleagues for many things, not the least of which was his kindness. From our earliest days he helped Fox News Radio grow into what we are now. His voice was unique, as was his courage. Throughout his struggle, he remained positive and was an inspiration to us all. We will miss him.”

Majchrowitz joined FNR in 2005 to serve as a Congressional correspondent until 2010 when he switched to the White House beat. In 2012, he returned to cover the presidential campaign while battling cancer.

Funeral arrangements to follow. Click here as FOX News Radio remembers Majchrowitz.

The Washington Post Owner Jeff Bezos to Replace Publisher Katharine Weymouth

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Katharine Weymouth

In a 9am email to staff this morning, The Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth announced her imminent departure as the paper’s publisher after 7 years. Beginning October 1, Fred Ryan, formerly with Allbritton Communications and POLITICO, will be publisher and CEO.

According to The Washington Post, its owner Jeff Bezos told Weymouth on August 18th that he had selected a new publisher.

In an interview with the outlet he’ll now lead, Ryan said that he does not have plans to replace executive editor Martin Baron or editorial page editor Fred Hiatt.

The Washington Post was bought by Weymouth’s great grandfather in 1933 and sold to Bezos in August 2013. In her email, Weymouth said that she will offer Ryan and the Post support as an advisor through the end of 2014.

Weymouth’s note to staff after the jump.

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Mediabistro Morning Roundup – 9.2.14

From TVNewser to FishbowlNY, here are your top stories from across Mediabistro.

TVNewser Chelsea Clinton Leaving NBC News

FishbowlNY Bauer Media Creates Digital Division

GalleyCat Infinite Jest Adapted in Lego

10,000 Words Grading the Media on Ferguson Coverage

TVSpy Accused Sacramento Anchor Makes First Appearance in Court

Lost Remote #LaborLive: Animal Planet Streaming Live Births for Holiday Weekend

FishbowlDC Longtime Meet the Press EP Betsy Fischer Martin To Depart NBC News

SocialTimes 5 Fun Tips and Tricks for Better iPhone Photography

AllFacebook Facebook Announces News Feed Events Ads for Pages, Insights for Events

AllTwitter Is Visual Content the Future of Social Media?

Inside Mobile Apps Sqor Launches Sports News Feed App on Android

InsideFacebook Can A CEO or Star Employee Boost Your Facebook Engagement?

PRNewser ALS Association Wants to Trademark ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’

AgencySpy Arnold Celebrates the Opening of its New Office

MediaJobsDaily Four Myth Busters About Temporary Work

Tuesday Morning Splash

What’s Happening

— What Will Drive the Future of Global Health? at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, 3 p.m.

— War of Words: The Impact of Russian State Television Propaganda on the Russian Internet at the Elliot School of International Affairs, 4 p.m.

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Savannah Guthrie, Tom Brokaw, and Brian Williams Welcome Chuck Todd

During the final Sunday before Chuck Todd takes over as moderator of NBC’s ”Meet the Press,” the network introduced its newest chapter, with Todd in the seat most recently filled by the ousted David Gregory.

Andrea Mitchell introduces Todd, and the segment airs clips of him being called upon for interviews over the years, followed by commentary from family members including his wife and his mother and colleagues Savannah Guthrie, Tom Brokaw, and Brian Williams.

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