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Chris Ariens

Chris joined Mediabistro in July 2007 as editor of TVNewser.com and executive producer of the blog network and was promoted to editorial director in June 2009. Before joining mediabistro, Chris spent seven years at MSNBC, as a producer, coordinating producer for the Olympics, and lastly as executive producer of daytime programs., Chris worked as a producer in local TV news in Green Bay (WLUK) and Tampa (WFTS). Email chris@mediabistro.com and follow @ChrisAriens on Twitter.

Bonnie Bernstein Takes Over Oprah’s Studio

Back in the day, Oprah Winfrey would give away new cars from her Harpo Studios in Chicago. Well, part of the iconic studio has turned a corner and was recently taken over by CampusInsiders.com, a site devoted to college sports. The face of the venture is Bonnie Bernstein, the veteran CBS Sports and ESPN reporter. Beginning next week, she’ll host a new daily show from Harpo Studios.

How will this sports show be different from everything else out there? In part II of our Media Beat interview, Bernstein tells us it’s all about the insiders.

Sports Reporter Bonnie Bernstein’s Double Play

A gymnast throughout her youth, sports journalist Bonnie Bernstein has a new balancing act.

The veteran CBS Sports and ESPN reporter joined CampusInsiders.com earlier this year, but not as just a host. She’s also VP of Content and Brand Development for the site, which places insiders on campuses across the country, reporting on college athletics. Bernstein’s half-hour daily show launches next week — from Oprah Winfrey‘s Harpo Studios, no less. She tells mediabistro how this new-style sports gig won her over.

FishbowlLA Going on Hiatus

Mediabistro’s FishbowlLA is taking five. In the meantime, FBLA co-editor Richard Horgan has moved over to FishbowlNY to cover the Hollywood trades, awards season and a broad range of national media stories.

Launched in 2005, the site has seen its fair share of illustrious editors over the years including Claude Brodesser-Akner, Mayrav Saar, Tina Dupuy and Kate Coe. Thanks to all of them as well as to Matthew Fleischer, Pandora Young and Marcus Vanderberg for keeping us in the LA loop.

We’re keeping the Twitter account @FishbowlLA active with news and updates. So follow us there, if you don’t already. Within the next few weeks, all existing FishbowlLA content will be folded into the FishbowlNY archives.

We look forward to interacting with you elsewhere on the Mediabistro blog network. If you haven’t seen the redesigned Mediabistro home page, which launched last week, check it out here.

Hasta la vista…

Welcome to the New Mediabistro

Have you noticed anything different about Mediabistro? Yep, our home page is rocking a much cleaner look. All of the great content you love is now grouped according to industry: social media, advertising/PR, TV and video, publishing, design and tech. Click on any of these categories in the navigation bar to find our blogs that cover those fields, plus applicable courses, jobs and premium features from AvantGuild.

Now front and center: The Slider features stories from across our sites and updated throughout the day. What’s Hot @mediabistro keeps track of top news and trends. And the MediabistroTV player includes our dynamic, original videos geared toward media professionals.

Want to go deeper, in fewer clicks? Further down is the Scroller, with up-to-date news from all our blogs. If publishing is your passion, you can view what’s hot on FishbowlNY, FishbowlDC, FishbowlLA and GalleyCat. Is TV your beat? If so, you’ll get the latest news from  TVNewser, TVSpy and LostRemote. The right sidebar includes top job openings, new course offerings, must-see events and streaming updates from @mediabistro.

Great design doesn’t just look pretty — it allows the content to shine through. And we think the new Mediabistro does just that. Like it? Love it? Let us know what you think.

Glenn Greenwald on the Source of NSA Stories

Glenn Greenwald opens up to the New York Times on his back-to-back stories in the Guardian about two (formerly) top-secret NSA programs.

Greenwald, a former practicing attorney, started a blog in 2005 following the news of warrantless surveillance in the administration of George W. Bush. Greenwald took his blog to Salon in 2007, where he had full editorial independence. He moved to the Guardian last year, keeping his gaze trained on issues of perceived government overreach. As for how this story came to him:

The leak, he said, came from “a reader of mine” who was comfortable working with him. The source, Mr. Greenwald said, “knew the views that I had and had an expectation of how I would display them.”

So how does someone who is writing about top-secret government programs protect himself — and his sources — from being monitored by the agencies he’s exposing. Greenwald’s got it all figured out:

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Jeff Zeleny Leaves New York Times for ABC

Jeff Zeleny, the New York Times’ national political correspondent will leave the Times for ABC News next month where he’ll be senior political correspondent.

Zeleny tells TVNewser the decision to jump from print to TV was easy, since he hasn’t “worked for a newspaper in quite a while,” referring to the Times’ expansion into video and social.

So how did his editors take it when he told them the news?

“There’s no question that some of the editors were disappointed,” he says. But as for executive editor Jill Abramson: “She was very gracious throughout this whole process. It’s been a great opportunity at The Times. They tried to get me to stay.”

Zeleny also is bullish about his soon-to-be old medium when we asked if he thinks there will be a print edition in 10 years: “I do think there will be a print edition of the New York Times in 10 years. There’s no question that mobile has been a huge part of our audience, but there are still a lot of people who find value in the print edition.”

Cubes: Inside IAC’s Newsweek & The Daily Beast

The MediabistroTV crew headed over to the West Side recently to check out the gleaming Frank Gehry-designed IAC building which is home to Newsweek and The Daily Beast, among other brands. NewsBeast’s Senior Columnist John Avlon takes you into the belly of the Beast, which is home to the magazine, the website, a daily web series, and a lot of free food.

Cubes: Inside IAC’s Newsweek & The Daily Beast

The MediabistroTV crew headed over to Manhattan’s West Side recently to check out the gleaming Frank Gehry-designed IAC building home to Newsweek and The Daily Beast, among other IAC brands. NewsBeast’s Senior Columnist and CNN contributor John Avlon takes you into the belly of the Beast, which is home to the magazine, the website, a daily web series, and a lot of free food.

Estée Lauder Turns the Internet Pink

Just as the iPhone 5 frenzy was subsiding, the outside of the Apple Store at 59th and 5th was abuzz again for the kick off of the 20th anniversary of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The event, sponsored by Estée Lauder Companies, was in honor of Evelyn Lauder who died last year of ovarian cancer. It was Evelyn Lauder who handed out pink ribbons at makeup counters in New York City leading to the first National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in 1992.

Today, the campaign has gone global – and even digital – as the company raises awareness and money for breast cancer research through the use of social media sites and live events in cities all over the world.

SocialTimes editor Devon Glenn was in the crowd at Monday’s event and talked with Estée Lauder model and actress Elizabeth Hurley, and Estée Lauder executive chairman William P. Lauder. Watch:

Lou Dobbs: My First Big Break

Midtown Manhattan is a long way from Yuma, Arizona. But for Fox Business Network anchor Lou Dobbs, that’s where it all began: at KBLU radio and TV. Dobbs left a lucrative but boring job in commercial banking for the bright lights and low pay of TV news. His starting salary was $75 a week.

But now, almost 40 years later, Dobbs credits his days in Yuma for giving him his First Big Break.

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