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The Revolving Door

Birdy Chatter: Meredith Shiner and Patrick Gavin Make Moves

FBDC alum and current Daily Caller gossip maven Betsy Rothstein has some interesting tidbits:

Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner, who recently resigned from the publication, is in serious talks to go to work for Yahoo! News. The deal has not yet been finalized.

Also…per a tweet by Michael Calderone of HuffPost, Patrick Gavin has resigned from Politico. He is moving on to new ventures which he is not yet disclosing. He declined to comment.

We also hear from a little birdy that, after five years, P-Gav’s last day at The Politico will be May 1st. His next moves are’t finalized yet, but should be soon.

The DC’s Alexis Levinson Jumps to Roll Call

Alexis Levinson, formerly of The Daily Caller, will now cover Senate races for Roll Call, Editor-in-Chief Christina Bellantoni announced today. Levinson had a similar beat at The DC, breaking news about Rep. Phil Gingrey’s Senate campaign staff exodus and traveling to New Hampshire and South Carolina to cover the presidential race.

Bellantoni also announced that Kyle Trygstad has been promoted to Associate Politics Editor. He will continue to serve as lead reporter on Senate campaigns as well.

Allie Robinson was also brought over from CQ as a Copy Editor. Check out the whole memo after the jump…

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J.J. Gould Named Atlantic Digital Editor

Newly installed Atlantic co-presidents Bob Cohn and James Bennett announced today that  J.J. Gould will be the new editor for TheAtlantic.com. Cohn was formerly the digital editor, while Gould had been executive editor for the site.

Gould was previously an editor at the Journal of Democracy, and he has also written for The Washington MonthlyThe American ProspectThe Moscow TimesThe Chronicle Herald, and The European Journal of Political Theory.

The move comes amid much reshuffling over at Atlantic Media. The departure of Bruce Gottlieb led to a game of musical chairs at the top of the masthead earlier this month, and just yesterday we reported that CTO Tom Cochran had left to go to the State Department.

 

State Department Steals Atlantic Media CTO

Tom Cochran, formerly the CTO of Atlantic Media, has a new job at the State Department. He will now serve as the Managing Director of the department’s Bureau of International Information Programs. This will be a homecoming of sorts for Cochran, as he previously worked in the White House as Director of New Media Technologies. There he led the team of people that created the “We the People” petition website.

“It’s bittersweet to leave such a great group of colleagues,” Cochran told co-workers in an email last week. “But I was presented with another terrific position in the Administration.”

Cochran’s hiring is part of an effort by the State department, according to TIME‘s Zeke J Miller, “to bring American foreign policy—in particular outreach to non-citizens—into the modern era.” Check out that story here.

New Senior Editor at Scientific American

Josh Fischman is joining the Scientific American staff today as a Senior Editor. He was previously Deputy Editor in Chief of Chemical & Engineering News, where he supervised its worldwide coverage. He has also worked for The Chronicle of Higher Education, U.S News &World Report, Earth, Science, and Discover. He will be based out of Nature Publishing Group’s offices here in DC.

Congrats on the new gig Josh!

HuffPost Hires Data Scientist Ahead of ’14, ’16 Elections

Huffington Post’s Senior Polling Director, Mark Blumenthal, announced today that Marist analyst Natalie Jackson has been hired as HuffPost’s Senior Data Scientist.

“Natalie’s full-time presence on the Pollster team will help us to improve and expand HuffPost’s polling aggregation and modeling,” Blumenthal said.  ”At a time when statistical models used to forecast elections have gained great prominence, she will help Pollster leverage our unique knowledge of and experience with pre-election polls.”

Jackson has a PhD in statistical methods from the University of Oklahoma and, prior to joining Marist, she did post-doctoral work at Duke University. Her first day is May 12.

AFP Moves MacMillan from DC to Tehran

Arthur MacMillan, senior news editor in Washington at Agence France-Presse, has been appointed Tehran Deputy Bureau Chief, and will take up his new post next month. Arthur previously served as a correspondent in Baghdad and as an Asia editor for AFP based in Hong Kong. He is on Twitter @arthurmacmillan and moves to Iran after nearly three years in the United States.

Good luck on the new gig, Arthur!

Capitol File Welcomes New Associate Editor

moellerAs of today, Capitol File magazine has a new associate editor, Amy Moeller. Moeller was previously the social and style editor at What’s Up? magazine, a monthly luxury/lifestyle publication in Annapolis, Md. In that role she managed the entertainment and society pages as well as the style section. Moeller has also previously served as the assistant editor at Annapolis pub Taste of the Bay, the layout editor at The Gazette in Gaithersburg, and the sports editor (watch out Britt McHenry!) at a community newspaper in Anne Arundel County.

“I am thrilled to have Amy join the growing Capitol File team,” said Elizabeth Thorp, editor in chief, in an email. “Her lifestyle and luxury magazine experience, her technical editing skills, and keen eye for trend pieces makes Amy a great fit for Cap File.”
Congrats Amy!

WTTG Reporter Audrey Barnes Named Laurel PIO

WTTG reporter Audrey Barnes will start work this week as the new Director of the Department of Communications of her hometown of Laurel, Maryland. Mayor Craig Moe made the announcement earlier this month, and Barnes will start on Wednesday.

Mayor Moe says top priorities for Barnes will be establishing the Laurel Community Media Network Television station as the “go to” place for news about Laurel and ramping up the city’s presence on social media.

Congrats Audrey!

ICYMI: Miles O’Brien Reunited with CNN; Big Changes at Discovery

CNN Signs Miles O’Brien as Aviation Analyst for Two Weeks by Josh Feldman at Mediaite:

Former CNN anchor/reporter Miles O’Brien will be temporarily returning to the network, a CNN source said. O’Brien has been signed for two weeks as an aviation analyst amid the network’s coverage of the ongoing search for the missing MH370 flight. O’Brien worked at CNN from 1992 to 2008, and being a pilot himself, he covered aviation issues and several plane crashes during his initial tenure.

Discovery Founder John Hendricks Retiring as Chairman of Board by Michael O’Connell at THR:

John Hendricks is officially departing Discovery Communications. The 61-year-old founder of the massive media company, who stepped down as CEO in 2004, will retire from his role as chairman of the board of directors and director of the board this spring. He will remain in the position through the May 16 annual meeting of shareholders.

Discovery Names COO of International Networks by Francesca Bacardi at Variety:

Discovery Communications has promoted Doug Baker to chief operating officer and chief financial officer for Discovery Networks Intl. He previously served as exec VP and CFO. In his new role, Baker will be responsible for oversight of strategy and research for Discovery’s 100-plus international outlets, in addition to leading all financial aspects of Discovery Networks Intl. finance and marketing.

(h/t Matt Neufeld)

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