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RIP: Daily News Reporter-Editor Bill Federici

Glenn Greenwald and Bill Federici are part of a very select newspaper reporter group: journalists who have played a part in daring, real-life capers.

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In the case of former Daily News reporter and editor Federici, who passed away Tuesday in Florida at age 82 after a long battle with cancer, it involved the DeLong Star Ruby. From colleague Bill Hutchinson‘s obit:

On September 3, 1965, Federici landed on the front page of the Daily News, photographed recovering the DeLong Star Ruby from a phone booth in Florida.

The 100.32-carat gem was stolen on October 29, 1964 from the American Museum of Natural History by Florida surf bum Jack “Murph the Surf” Murphy and two other men. Also swiped in the heist was the famed Star of India sapphire, which was recovered in a Florida bus station locker.

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Star Jones, Donny Deutsch and the Skinny on Wacoal’s Sexy New Ad Campaign

LunchAtMichaelsAs Wednesdays at Michael’s go, it was a relatively quiet scene at 55th and Fifth today, but the joint was still jam packed with the usual suspects doing their power lunch thing. You know who they are by now, but your intrepid Lunch columnist is here to serve: Star Jones and Donny Deutsch represented the talking head contingent, while Jeff Greenfield and Jerry Della Femina held court at their usual table (6) with pals Dr. Gerald Imber and Michael Kramer (the boys have been meeting for their weekly lunches for decades!) There was also the requisite representation of PR mavens, including Hearst’s Deb Shriver, Susan Blond and Lisa Linden in attendance. Perhaps all the celebs were saving their strength for tonight’s offerings at The Tribeca Film Festival.

If you ask me, our table was having the most fun because I was joined by two of my favorite Gotham power gals Leslie Stevens and Susan Malinowski. We’ve known each other since preschool (not really, but you get the picture) and our paths have crossed in interesting ways throughout the years through various jobs and clients. Back in the day, Susan, now vice president of marketing at Wacoal America, was my boss at Danskin-Pennaco Hosiery. Leslie, who helms her own PR firm, LaForce + Stevens, with partner James LaForce, worked with us as a consultant. Today, Susan is shaking things up at Wacoal America and Leslie’s agency is handling spreading all the big news about what’s happening with the brand.

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Mitzi Miller Named Ebony Editor-in-Chief

Johnson Publishing has named Mitzi Miller the new editor-in-chief of Ebony. Miller was most recently editor-in-chief of Jet, where she had been since 2011. Wendy Wilson, currently the managing editor of Jet, will assume the Miller’s duties.

“Mitzi is a gifted editor with tremendous energy and passion, and her strong editorial background will catapult the Ebony brand to greater heights,” said Desiree Rogers, CEO of Johnson Publishing, in a statement. “We are thrilled to have Mitzi in our JPC family and are excited to see the new direction she will bring to the magazine.”

Miller’s appointment is effective immediately.

An Edward R. Murrow Award That is Bittersweet

GarrickUtleyWRVOPicThe 51-minute radio documentary New York in the World has been recognized with an Edward R. Murrow/Small Market Radio award for News Documentary. But as WRVO general manager Michael S. Ameigh explains, the usual elation has been dampened by the fact that program host Garrick Utley passed away in the interim:

“We received the news that WRVO was awarded the Edward R. Murrow Award with a mixture of great pride and deep sadness that collaborator and narrator Garrick Utley, one of the most distinguished international journalists of his era, will share the honor posthumously having succumbed to cancer in February,” said Ameigh.

Ameigh describes New York in the World as Garrick Utley’s project. The documentary is based on research Utley commissioned as head of the SUNY Levin Institute, which promotes thoughtful engagement and an active response to globalization and its impact on New York state. “That he invited WRVO to produce the documentary is in itself profoundly gratifying,” Ameigh said.

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Once More | Friendly Skies | Digital Rise

Lost Remote: HBO is bringing old shows to Amazon Prime. Now you can get angry about the Sopranos finale all over again.

TVNewser: George Will says “Fox News is like getting on a Southwest Airlines plane” because “everyone’s happy.” Remind us to to only fly when Will flies from now on.

FishbowlDC: CNN Digital just recorded its strongest month ever in terms of traffic. Thanks assorted tragedies!

Daily News Heralds Tavern on the Green a ‘Tourist Trap No More’

Next to a therapist’s couch, where various mental problems gained during New York’s “winter from hell” can be broken down, the renovated Tavern on the Green could be right up there as a spring-summer comfort spot. At least if the advance reviews are to be believed.

KatySparksandTeamFollowing Tuesday’s friends, family and media preview, the NYDN duo of Michael Kaminer and Gersh Kuntzman are full of praise for an establishment that has wisely turned a culinary corner:

Chef Katy Sparks’ (pictured, front right) food is a far cry from the ersatz Italian dishes at the old Tavern, famously dubbed “Crap-hole on the Green” in one of the more polite Yelp posts before the restaurant closed.

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Seth Meyers Has a Newfound Appreciation for Pockets

NPRFreshAirLogoThe Web headline for today’s NPR Fresh Air interview with Seth Meyers is a good example of click-baiting with integrity. Because listening to the conversation titled “Seth Meyers’ Late Night Challenge: What To Do With His Hands?” does indeed address and answer one of the first bits of self-conscious business for the incoming talk show host:

“The trickiest part of this job the first week was just figuring out what to do with my hands. I think one of the great discoveries I made at the show was the memory of pockets. I was like, ‘OK, I can put one of these away.’”

“I as a person in conversation tend to use my hands a great deal and I think my first couple of monologues I looked like someone on a desert island trying to signal for a passing plane.”

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Christopher Mims Joins The Wall Street Journal

Christopher Mims is joining The Wall Street Journal as a tech columnist. Mims will contribute a weekly column to the paper, along with columns, blog posts and more to WSJD.com, the Journal’s tech site.

Mims comes to the Journal from Quartz, where he served as technology and science editor. His work has appeared in publications such as Wired, Scientific American, The Atlantic and Glamour.

“Chris is one of the leading tech writers and commentators in the country,” said Jonathan Krim, the Journal’s technology editor, in a statement. “We’re delighted that he’ll be joining our expanding WSJD coverage team.”

Mims will join the Journal early next month.

Time Warner Names Time Inc. Board

timeinc_logo_2.25.10Time Warner has announced Time Inc.’s board of directors. Once the spinoff from Time Warner is complete — it’s still supposed to happen in the second quarter of this year — Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp will be chairman.

The rest of the directors are listed below.

  • David Bell, Chairman and CEO, Slipstream Communications, LLC; former co-Chairman and CEO of The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc.
  • John Fahey, Non-Executive Chairman and former CEO, National Geographic Society
  • Manuel Fernandez, Former Executive Chairman, Sysco Corporation; former Chairman, President and CEO of Gartner, Inc.
  • Dennis FitzSimons, Chairman, Robert R. McCormick Foundation; former Chairman and CEO, Tribune Company
  • Betsy Holden, Senior Advisor, McKinsey & Company LLC; former co-CEO, Kraft Foods, Inc.
  • Kay Koplovitz, Chairman and CEO, Koplovitz & Company LLC; founder and former Chairman and CEO, USA Networks
  • J. Randall MacDonald, CEO, Managing Partner, Windham Mountain Partners; Retired Senior Vice President, Human Resources, IBM
  • Ronald Rolfe, Former Partner, Litigation, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
  • Howard Stringer, Former Chairman, President and CEO, Sony Corporation

Theresa Griggs Named Creative Director of Cosmo

Theresa Griggs has been named the new creative director of Cosmopolitan. Griggs comes to Cosmo from Women’s Health, where she served as design director since 2010. Prior to her time at Women’s Health, Griggs was Glamour’s art director for two years. She also formerly served as Entertainment Weekly’s art director.

“Theresa is a superb magazine designer and I’m thrilled she’s coming on board,” said Joanna Coles, Cosmo’s editor, in a statement. “She’s the final piece of the puzzle to the team I’ve assembled at Cosmo and I look forward to evolving the look of the magazine with her.”

Griggs’ appointment is effective May 12.

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