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From Golden Gate Reporter to Golden Gate Spokesperson

Priya David Clemens’ first assignment for KTVU-TV in San Francisco led her to interview Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District spokesperson Mary Currie. Nine years later, Clemens has improbably taken over for Currie, who retired in April.

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From a Marin Independent Journal report by Mark Prado:

Clemens worked at KTVU between 2005 and 2008. She then worked as a CBS News correspondent based in New York, reporting for CBS Evening News and The Early Show, and filling in as a weekend news anchor. From there she worked as an anchor for KOIN, the CBS affiliate in Portland, Oregon. Clemens lives in Alameda, is married and has two young children.

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Travel WritingStarting September 23, learn how to turn your travel stories into published essays and articles! Taught by a former Vanity Fair staff writer, James Sturz will teach you how to report, interview, and find sources, discover story ideas and pitch them successfully, and understand what travel editors look for in a story. Register now! 

Wenner Media CRO Bolts to Apple University

DavidKangLinkedInLast month, the New York Times offered a rare peek inside Apple’s internal employee training program. Reporter Brian X. Chen didn’t exactly get a mountain of details from the three staffers he spoke to, on the QT. Rather, just some program tidbits and a reminder of Apple U’s cloak:

It is highly secretive and rarely written about, referred to briefly in the biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. Apple employees are discouraged from talking about the company in general, and the classes are no exception. No pictures of the classrooms have surfaced publicly. And a spokeswoman for Apple declined to make instructors available for interviews for this article.

Not so top secret, according to intrepid New York Post media reporter Keith J. Kelly, is the identity of Apple University’s newest teacher. Joining the program at the end of the month will be David Kang, recently promoted at Wenner Media to the position of chief revenue officer. From Kelly’s report:

On the Wenner front, the move suggests that Jann Wenner’s succession plan may have hit a speed bump.

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Retired Manhattan Lawyer Gets His Jaguar Back

The media is having a lot of fun with this story and who can blame them? It’s not every week that a car stolen when a gallon of gas cost a quarter is returned to its rightful owner.

Per an item by Los Angeles AP writer Justin Pritchard, Miami Beach retiree Ivan Schneider thought at first that he was being pranked when west coast law enforcement officials contacted him to say they’d tracked down his beloved 1967 XK-E white convertible Jaguar, stolen from the Upper East Side in the spring of 1968:

“After we convinced him, he was excited,” said California Highway Patrol investigator Michael Maleta.

After all, Schneider told The Associated Press, he would think of the 1967 car every time he bought a new one. And, he said, he is a car guy who has owned quite a few exotics.

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Clay Aiken Works the New York Room

ClayAikenCampaignLogoAmerican Idol alum Clay Aiken is currently trailing North Carolina 2nd District Congressional opponent Renee Ellmers in an area that matters most: money available to burn.

Per Vocativ’s Mike Spies, a campaign fundraiser was held Monday at the Manhattan home of banker Donald Dye. The best part of Spies’ write-up are the various strands of seen-and-heard:

The guests are uniformly attractive and svelte, almost a parody of chic. I step out onto a porch and encounter Guto Bittencourt, a young Brazilian opera singer wearing thick-framed glasses, a skinny tie and a gray blazer. He’s talking to a blond woman who looks like Ivanka Trump.

“We were at this castle last week,” Bittencourt says. “It was amazing.”

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Lorne Michaels Engineers Another Inspired Succession

ShutterstockDarrellHammondHarlem2012The choice of Jimmy Fallon to take over for Jay Leno will rank as one of the best decisions comedy impresario Lorne Michaels has ever made. As if that weren’t enough for the current calendar year, there is now news of an equally inspired move in the SNL announcer department.

Taking over in this 40th season of SNL for the late Don Pardo will be Darrell Hammond. From Andrea Romano‘s Mashable item:

Hammond, who was a cast member from 1995 to 2009, also occasionally sat in for Pardo when he was sick.

“I sat in for Don when he had laryngitis several times over the years,” Hammond told USA Today. “When he passed, they wanted me; it felt right for me to be the one to replace him.”

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Outed by TMZ, New York Doctor Scrubs Her Facebook Page

Facebook is where TMZ grabbed a pair of large photos to run with its Wednesday exclusive identifying a New York ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist as the doctor allegedly responsible for initiating an unauthorized biopsy procedure on Joan Rivers at Yorkville Endoscopy. Today, that same Facebook page is blank.

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The 24/7 drumbeat of online gossip sites and social media has pushed us into a new phase of American jurisprudence – “Guilty Until Proven Innocent.” Even though there is still much to be determined and confirmed by investigators, half the world is calling for this individual’s head. People can still comment to the blanked-out Facebook page and one California doctor is espousing the minority view:

Michio Abe: I’m here for you Dr. Gwen Korovin. I’m simply here to stand beside you because there is zero evidence that you did anything to cause Joan Rivers’ death but yet your FB page has been so full of hatred towards doctors in general. We, doctors, do not deserve that kind of treatment. No, not at all.

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Huffington Post to Launch HuffPost Greece

Huffington Post Logo 1-18The Huffington Post Media Group is preparing a homecoming of sorts. Well, at least for Arianna Huffington. The company is launching a Greek-language edition of HuffPost in collaboration with 24Media, Greece’s largest digital publisher.

“For me personally, it’s the ultimate homecoming, not only because of my Greek heritage, but because HuffPost is, not coincidentally, very much rooted in a Greek tradition of bringing people together and facilitating interesting conversations,” Huffington said, in a statement.

HuffPost has had a busy couple of months. The company announced an Arabic-launguage site, followed by HuffPost India. Huffington also declared the collection of sites had passed 100 million unique views in August. All that and the company even suckered readers into paying one of its reporters salaries! Well done, HuffPost. Well done.

All About Beer Magazine Gets New Ownership Structure

AllAboutBeerLogoThe magazine that is widely viewed as “the bible” of the U.S. craft beer industry will remain headquartered in Durham, North Carolina. But moving forward, All About Beer will be overseen by Christopher Rice/All About Beer LLC rather than Daniel Bradford/Chautauqua, Inc.

From today’s announcement:

“I have been a loyal follower of All About Beer magazine’s work during my 20 years connected to the beer industry,” said Rice. “It has a substantial position not only as the best-selling beer publication in the U.S. and Canada, but also telling great beer and brewing stories since 1979.”

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Vulture Circles Debra Messing’s Off-Target Show

The headline for Margaret Lyons‘ Vulture review is emphatic: “Mysteries of Laura Is a Bad Show. It’s a Bad, Bad Show.” And as you might expect, the article below that headline is a rad read. It’s a rad, rad read.

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Starting with some astute bricks-and-mortar fact-checking:

Messing stars as Laura, a miserable human who abuses her police power by intimidating random pre-school teachers. She loves product-placing Target, and even though she lives in Manhattan, it seems very, very unlikely that she lives anywhere near Harlem or 117th Street. I resent integrated advertising in general, but it’s truly egregious here.

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Kansas iHeart Contest Winner Not Flying Coach Anymore

ShutterstockPrivateJetWhen Wichita, Kansas radio host Elvis Duran ran through the gargantuan list of prizes with iHeartRadio contest winner Kelli Pankratz, he made two major observations.

The first was that she should not wear heels when introducing, alongside iHeartRadio Music Festival MC Ryan Seacrest, one of the many performers at the September 19-20 Las Vegas event. “He’s very short,” Duran joked.

The other was to prepare for the life-changing impact of flying round-trip from Kansas to Sin City (with three lucky friends) aboard the iHeartRadio private jet. “You’ll never want to get on a commercial jet ever again,” Duran warned.

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