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Vivian Schiller Tweets Her Departure from Twitter as Head of News

Vivian Schiller, Twitter’s head of news, took to her company’s social media platform Wednesday evening to announce that she is leaving the company that she joined less than one year ago.

In her second of three tweets, Schiller referenced Chloe Sladden and Ali Rowghani “for convincing me to come work at Twitter.” Sladden, who served as VP of media, announced that she was leaving Twitter in June of this year following Rowghani’s resignation as COO. Read more

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NPR’s Gary Knell Takes Over National Geographic Society

National Geographic Society announced today that Gary Knell has taken over as president and CEO from John M. Fahey, who will continue to serve as chairman of the National Geographic board of trustees. Knell previously served as the president and CEO of NPR from 2011 to 2013 and as CEO of Sesame Workshop for 12 years.

The move to National Geographic is the fulfillment of an announced Knell made in August of last year. He announced then that after a tenure of only 21 months, he would be leaving NPR. Knell was credited with bringing stability and steady leadership to the organization, which had been rocked by turmoil in it’s upper echelons for years. The chaos at NPR was capped off by the resignation of CEO Vivian Schiller in 2011 following her mishandling of the firing of Juan Williams and a scandal involving a video showing NPR management criticizing conservatives.

Prior to his work at NPR and Sesame Workshop, Knell also served as senior vice president and general counsel at WNET/Channel 13 in New York, was counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary and Governmental Affairs Committees in Washington, D.C., and worked in the California State Legislature and Governor’s Office. Knell has been a member of the Society’s board of trustees since April 2013 and has served on the board of governors of the National Geographic Education Foundation since November 2003. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Gets New Name is getting a new name. Despite the complex, corporate jargon, the long and short of it is that will now be Some staff will be “co-located” at NBC’s headquarters in New York in order to create “unified multi-platform teams, and promote the sharing of resources and cross-platform reporting between the network’s broadcast and digital properties.”

NBC News President Steve Capus announced today that NBC News is now the full owner and operator of Msnbc Digital Network. This includes,,, and the apps and extensions of these respective properties.

All of NBC News’ digital businesses, including Msnbc Digital Network properties,,, social media and all of the network’s digital initiatives, will form a new division called NBC News Digital.

NBC News Digital will be overseen by Vivian Schiller, Senior VP & Chief Digital Officer of NBC News. Charlie Tillinghast will continue to oversee the legacy Msnbc Digital Network properties, reporting to Schiller. The current NBC News Digital sales team will now report to Marianne Gambelli, President of NBC Network Ad Sales, and work closely with John Kelly, Executive VP of NBC News Ad Sales.


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Quotes of the Day

Slate’s Dave Weigel: “Hey where’s the debate can anyone tell me?” (Accompanied by the above photograph.)

Just say Coochie Coochie Coo to Sen. Maj. Leader Harry Reid

“Sen Reid re his blackberry: ‘I have a one track mind. It’s really hard for me to talk when I’m being tickled on the side.’” — The Takeaway’s congressional radio correspondent Todd Zwillich.

Journo needs miracle worker

“I’m looking for a D.C. tailor who can work miracles on three button-up shirts with inexplicably torn elbows. Any suggestions?” — TBD‘s Ryan Kearney in a tweet that was steps away from being Unnecessary Tweet of the Day.

Mysterious sighting in WaPo HQ Tuesday: ex-CNNer Eliot Spitzer. Shhh…Anyone with information on what he was doing there, email us at or

FishbowlDC Trivia: What is Ezzy’s favorite cuisine? Answer after the jump…

Looking for work?

“NBC News is searching for a Social Media Editor. Spread the word!” — NBC’s Vivian Schiller. Visit here for details and to apply.

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Vivian Schiller Lands at NBC News

Former NPR CEO Vivian Schiller has landed a new job.  Schiller, who in March  resigned from her position after a damaging video of NPR executives hit the Web, has accepted a role as Chief Digital Officer for NBC News.  Reporting to NBC News President Steve Capus, Schiller will lead the digital strategy for both NBC News and MSNBC and oversee the network’s digital extensions on the web and in mobile, as well as providing direction to the newsgroup’s properties like and

Prior to joining NPR, Schiller served  as Senior Vice President and General Manager of and spent four years as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Discovery Times Channel, a joint venture of The New York Times and Discovery Communications.  Prior to that, she ran CNN Productions, where she led CNN’s long-form programming efforts.  Schiller will begin her new gig in mid-July.

HuffPost LOVES Sensationalizing With All Caps


Under the Twitter handle @HuffPostMedia, here’s how they sensationalize with all caps:

Today.: Lawrence O’Donnell goes BALLISTIC in wild interview with birther queen Orly Taitz

April 26: Keith Olbermann makes HUGE announcement about new show

April 14: Mika Brzezinski LOSES it, laughs hysterically over spoof

April 13: Anderson Cooper TRASHES Snooki

March 30: CNN anchor TEARS into Donald Trump: ‘ridiculous,’ ‘a joke’

And slamming? They’ve got that nailed too.

April 14: Fox News’ Neil Cavuto slammed as ‘ignorant’ by Dem Rep. in fiery clash

April 8: Bill Cosby slams Donald Trump, stuns Meredith Vieira into silence

April 5: Former NPR CEO Vivian Schiller slams James O’Keefe


Ex-NPR CEO Vivian Schiller in the Flesh

On Tuesday morning former NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller will lead a roundtable breakfast at Paley Center’s Media Council in Manhattan. The breakfasts happen regularly. The audience, comprised of council members, isn’t likely to press her on hard topics, but there aren’t hard and fast rules so she may face tough questions.

She faced a recent grilling at the National Press Club last month. That was two days before she resigned her post at NPR.

Carrie Oman, manager of public relations for the Council, said details on what Schiller will discuss over breakfast haven’t been revealed. Any of the 24 board members can attend, but it isn’t certain who will show up. Attendees could include anyone from Jeffrey Bewkes of Time Warner, Inc. and NYT Company Publisher and Chairman Arthur Sulzberger to Richard Cotton of NBC Universal. Max Robins, Vice President & Executive Director of Industry Programs for the Council, put the program together.

So why Schiller? No word on the recent contentious and scandalous circumstances around why she resigned, but in a release they list five graphs of her experience starting out with this: “A media executive and journalist with more than twenty years experience in the industry, Vivian Schiller was president and CEO of NPR from January 2009 to March 2011.”

UPDATE: The Council’s Max Robins got back to FishbowlDC. He said Schiller had an opportunity to decline but accepted the invitation to speak at the breakfast. “We had long planned to have Schiller speak here,” he told FishbowlDC. “She’s a member of our media council. We welcome her. I think she has a lot of ideas and things to say. We don’t predict what people are going to talk about. There are no ground rules. Course anybody has the right to say no comment or ‘I don’t have anything to say about that right now.’ Vivian is a very dynamic individual. We’re really looking forward to having her.”

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Hey Politico! Check Your Nelsons

Will the real Bill Nelson (to the left) please stand up?! Things sure do get confusing when the subjects of your reporting have a common last name.  Take NPR’s Vivian Schiller and Ron Schiller, for example.  For years we thought they were the same person, married, brother and sister…or all of the above.  Turns out they’re not the same person at all.  They’re not even related!?!

But that same multi-family last name phenomenon might explain why Politico‘s running today a photo of Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson to accompany a story about Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida.  Similar but different, Politico.

Update: Politico swapped pics a mere seven minutes after we posted.  Solid reaction time, guys.

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(A Sprinkling of Things We Think You Ought to Know…)

*Well wishes for Joynt: New York Social Diary Blogger and Q & A Cafe Host Carol Joynt underwent her lumpectomy Monday at Washington Hospital Center. It was an outpatient procedure. She was recently diagnosed with, as she described it, “small, contained DCIS breast cancer.” We wish her the best of health and a quick recovery.  “The outpouring of affection–and food–from friends and neighbors has been heartwarming, of course, but there’s not much to match a cancer survivor stopping by out of the blue to show me her healthy cleavage, with the words, ‘you’re gonna be fine!’” she wrote on her personal blog Monday.

*An NPR publicist catches a break in the turbulence. After a tough week of coping with the fallout of NPR CEO Vivian Schiller‘s resignation, NPR Publicist Emerson Brown was spotted on Saturday night enjoying dinner at the lovely Tabard Inn off Dupont Circle.

*Behind the Scenes: On Monday Politico aired the “Game Changer” feature in which Patrick Gavin takes to the ice and plays hockey with Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.). It’s only the second time in his life that he’s been in ice skates. “Once was a date that didn’t go well,” Gavin explains. In the video, Gavin touches the senator’s shoulder eight times — is he holding on for dear life? The reporter remarked to FishbowlDC, “I think that once he gave me a big bear hug, any physical barriers between the two of us were instantly gone. You’ve seen the man’s hair right? Hard to keep one’s hands off a man with a mane like that.” Watch here.

*Upcoming Phone Interview: This morning we chat by phone with Roll Call Editor Scott Montgomery. After losing a top editor and a number of reporters in the past few weeks, we’ll ask the hard questions. We’ll bring you a full report later…

Ron Schiller Resigns from the Aspen Institute

Our crystal ball was correct. Ron Schiller, the former NPR VP who was caught via hidden camera making stupid statements about Republicans, the Tea Party and Jews, has resigned from his new position at the Aspen Institute (before it began).  Jim Spiegelman, the organization’s director of communications, released a statement this morning:

“Ron Schiller has informed us that, in light of the controversy surrounding his recent statements, he does not feel that it’s in the best interests of the Aspen Institute for him to come work here.”

In the wake of the controversy, NPR CEO Vivian Schiller (same name, no relation) resigned from her post this morning.