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Iran Plays Down Hopes of Journalist’s Release


Despite a brief sense of optimism last week following reports that Washington Post correspondent, Jason Rezaian, could be ‘freed in less than a month,’ it appears these hopes were premature.

According to Reuters, a senior Iranian official has dismissed reports that the release of the Iranian-American journalist from his detention in Tehran is imminent.  Rezaian, who has been detained since July 22, is being held without charge.

Analysts say Rezaian is being used by Iranian hardliners to impede the Rouhani administration’s negotiations with the West over its nuclear program.

Rezaian is one of 36 journalists said to be imprisoned in Iran, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

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FOX News Edge Welcomes Joel Waldman as DC Correspondent

17082686_BG2-2Joel Waldman was recently named a Washington correspondent for FOX News Edge, FOX News’ affiliate service.

Waldman joins from FOX 5 in New York City, where he served as an investigative reporter since 2011. Prior to that he was with KGUN in Tuscon, Az., WFOR in Miami, and WPBF in West Palm Beach, Florida

He starts December 1.


The Washington Post Announces New CFO, Names Two New VPs

The Washington Post today named Stephen P. Gibson CFO and VP of finance and administration. The announcement was made by publisher Fred Ryan and president and general manager Steve Hills in a memo to staff.

Gibson most recently served as CFO of Allbritton Communications for the past 16 years. He’ll step into the role November 20.

The memo also announced two VP promotions, effective immediately.

Beth Diaz, who has been with The Post since 2003, has been named VP of audience development and analytics. In this role, she’ll oversee Post “research, analytics, business development and digital marketing,” according to a release.

Kristine Coratti, who joined in 2006, has been named VP of communications.

Anderson Cooper to Interview Brother of WaPo Correspondent Detained in Iran

Tonight on CNN’s “AC360°,” host Anderson Cooper will interview Ali Rezaian, the brother of Jason RezaianThe Washington Post Tehran correspondent who has been detained in Iran since July. ”Parts Unknown” host Anthony Bourdain will also join the program to discuss his meeting Jason Rezaian in Iran this past summer while filming his show.

Jason Rezaian was detained with his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, who was released in early October.

Cooper’s interview with Ali Rezaian and Bourdain airs tonight at 8 pm on CNN.

Marina Marraco Joins WTTG

8mmxcF9SWTTG FOX 5 announced the hire of Marina Marraco as a reporter, contributing across broadcasts and online.

Marraco was most recently with WESH, Orlando’s NBC affiliate, where she covered Hurricane Sandy and the George Zimmerman trial. Prior to that, she was a correspondent for Univision Network and anchor at Orlando’s WVEN.

Marraco’s first day with WTTG is November 10.

New Media Desk, Several New Hires, and One Promotion at the Washington Examiner

logo-washington-examiner-medium21The Washington Examiner Wednesday announced several new hires and one promotion.

Former FishbowlDC writer Eddie Scarry is departing Mediaite for the Examiner’s newly created Media Desk, to be joined by T. Becket Adams from the Examiner’s commentary section. Both will hold the title of media writer and report to executive editor Mark Tapscott. Scarry and Adams start November 17.

Sarah Westwood and Ethan Barton have both also been hired as investigative reporters. Westwood comes from the Young Americas Foundation’s National Journalism Center and Barton from the Capitol News Service, an output of UMD’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

And joining in December, Claire Daniel, a contributor to Mediabistro’s GalleyCat and the digital and social publicity director of Hilsinger-Mendelson, will join the Examiner as a senior digital media strategist. Read more

Paul McGonagle Named VP, News Director of WTTG

016f29bPatrick Paolini, the VP and GM of WTTG, DC’s local FOX affiliate, has named Paul McGonagle the station’s new VP and news director. In this role, McGonagle will oversee the station’s editorial, business, and administrative functions, according to a WTTG press release.

McGonagle most recently held the same title at Boston’s WFXT (FOX), and prior to that was WFXT’s assistant news director. He has also worked at WJAR (NBC) in Providence, RI; KGAN (CBS) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and WNNE (NBC) in Burlington, Vt.

“Paul’s depth of local news experience in a top market, as well as his impressive tenure with FOX made him the ideal choice,” said Paolini. “He is the right leader to continue the momentum we have started here and take FOX 5 in an exciting, new direction.”

McGonagle replaces Dana Hahn, who’s recently been named VP and news director of KTVU (FOX) in San Francisco. McGonagle starts with WTTG today, Election Day.

Print, Broadcast, and Digital Platforms Collide, with an Epic Photobomb

What do you get when you have CNN’s Washington bureau chief Sam Feist holding up a full page print ad in today’s Washington Post (citing recent data by the Pew Research Center…same ad appeared in today’s New York Times) tweeted by CNN’s Jeremy Diamond?

This, photobombed by Peter Hamby:

If only Feist was doing a live radio hit while posing for the photo – TV, print, online, AND radio would have been covered…

POLITICO’s Byron Tau to Wall Street Journal

POLITICO’s Byron Tau announced on Twitter today that he’s leaving the Rosslyn-based political news outlet.

Tau has covered the White House, campaigns, and lobbying for POLITICO since 2010. Starting next week he’ll cover the White House for the Wall Street Journal.

He told FishbowlDC, “Sad to leave so many great friends and colleagues at Politico behind, but I’m excited for a new beat and a new challenge.”

WSJ Columnist Peggy Noonan Joins CBS News as Contributor

PNoonanThose who watched Sunday’s “Face the Nation” with Bob Schieffer know that Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan is set to join CBS News as a contributor. When announcing yesterday’s panel – which included Noonan – host Schieffer broke the news.

Noonan will contribute across CBS News’ broadcast and digital platforms, with regular appearances on “Face,” the “CBS Evening News” and “CBS This Morning.”

The former Harvard Institute of Politics fellow has authored eight books and is a former speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan. Early in her career, she was a producer at CBS News in New York.