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Rachel Smolkin Named Exec Editor of CNN Politics

Rachel Smolkin is leaving her spot as Politico’s managing editor for news to join CNN as its executive editor for politics. Smolkin had been with Politico since 2011. She previously worked for USA Today and American Journalism Review.

“Rachel will spearhead a new effort to create a digital product in Washington to provide our audiences with more news, more context and more insight about politics than ever before,” wrote CNN’s senior VP, Andrew Morse, in a memo to staffers. “She will work closely with Sam Feist and all of our teams in the DC Bureau to harness the very best reporting from our anchors, programs, reporters and producers.”

Smolkin will join CNN this week.

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Fareed Zakaria Joins The Atlantic

Fareed Zakaria is joining The Atlantic and its business site — Quartz — as a contributing editor. He will also participate in Atlantic Live events. Zakaria will continue his current roles a host for CNN and a columnist for The Washington Post.

Zakaria previously served as a Newsweek columnist and editor of International Newsweek. His also served as an editor-at-large for Time, which had one rough spot — in 2012, he was caught plagiarizing a New Yorker article. Nevertheless, The Atlantic is happy to have him.

“This is one of those wonderful high-water marks in The Atlantic’s 157 year history,” said David Bradley, Atlantic Media’s chairman and owner, in a statement. “Our founders (Emerson, Holmes, Longfellow…) would welcome Fareed enthusiastically — and then worry about raising their own game.”

Rodale Promotes Paul Collins

rodale logo GPaul Collins has been promoted to associate publisher of Rodale’s Runner’s World and Running Times. Collins has been serving as ad director for both brands since 2010.

Collins has been with Rodale since 2006. He previously served as Bicycling’s ad director and director of Rodale’s Sports Marketing & Events Group.

“Paul has everything we’re looking for in an associate publisher,” said Molly O’Keefe, Runner’s World and Running Times’ publisher, in a statement. “He has a dedication and passion for our brands. He has the ability to connect with partners and understand their expectations, and also the creativity and leadership to pull together programs that meet and exceed everyone’s goals. I’m excited to be able to promote Paul to this new position where we will continue to work together for these two dynamic brands.”

Ad Age Promotes Zmuda, Adds Two

Ad Age logo GAd Age has promoted Natalie Zmuda to deputy managing editor. She most recently served as marketing editor. Zmuda joined Ad Age in 2008, after five years with Condé Nast.

In addition to Zmuda’s promotion, Ad Age has announced the following hires:

  • Karen Edelman joins as senior editor of event content. For the past decade, Edelman ran a consulting firm that organized events for Forbes, Fortune and more
  • Malika Toure joins Ad Age as a reporter, focusing on Toure was most recently an intern for Ad Age’s sister pub Creativity.

More Layoffs and Hires at Self

Self continues its transition under the leadership of publisher Mary Murcko and editor Joyce Chang. According to WWD, eight have been cut from the magazine, including six from the fashion department and one each from the photo and art departments.

When Murcko and Chang took over the title in April, they didn’t wait long — only three weeks — before dropping Self’s executive director, creative director, web director, entertainment editor, fashion editor, associate publisher for sales and associate publisher for marketing. Then, just a few weeks later, Murcko and Chang conducted a round of hirings.

Just like in April, a few hires have been made on the heels of the eight people getting cut this week. Self has hired Dania Ortiz as fashion market and accessories director; Lori Cohn and Tammy Cohen as beauty executive directors; and Lexie McCarthy as northwest account director.

Be sure to check back in two weeks when seven more people are fired and five new people are hired.

Quartz, NY Observer Add to Teams

A few Revolving Door items for you this early afternoon, involving Quartz and The New York Observer. Details are below.

    • Quartz has named Heather Landy global news editor and Indrani Sen deputy news editor. Landy comes to Quartz from American Banker magazine, where she served as editor-in-chief. Sen has served in her role on an interim basis while Roya Wolverson was on maternity leave.
    • Alexandra Peers is rejoining the Observer as culture editor. In her previous stint with the paper, Peers helped expand its arts coverage. She comes to the Observer from Flyer Labs, where she served as executive director of content and strategy.

Derl McCrudden Promoted to Head of AP’s International Video News

APLogoThe Associated Press has promoted Derl McCrudden to head of international video news. McCrudden was previously head of video newsgathering. He has been with the AP since 2010. Previously, McCrudden was on the launch team of Al Jazeera English and helped run the channel’s Asia operation.

“Derl is one of the smartest journalists in the business, a proven leader whose calm demeanor and steely determination mark him out as a natural for this role,” said Sandy MacIntyre, AP’s VP and director of global video, in a statement.

The AP also announced the following changes:

  • Denise Vance, deputy director of U.S. video, has been promoted to head of U.S. video and radio.
  • Vaughn Morrisonformerly of CNN and Fox, was named head of U.S. video production.
  • Debora Gorbutt, head of video content development, will expand her role to oversee AP Middle East Extra.

Josh Topolsky Joins Bloomberg

bloomberg media logoJosh Topolsky, cofounder of The Verge and former editor of Engadget, is joining Bloomberg as editor of an upcoming series of verticals. The New York Times reports that Topolsky “will run develop and run Bloomberg’s new ventures, which will cover specific topic areas such as politics and luxury.”

Topolsky’s appointment is effective August 4. He’ll report to Businessweek editor Josh Tyrangiel and Bloomberg Media’s CEO Justin Smith.

At The Verge, Nilay Patel, a former managing editor of the site, will serve as editor-in-chief. Dieter Bohn will become executive editor.

BuzzFeed Adds to Investigative Team, WSJ Designer Departs

A couple Revolving Door items this afternoon, involving BuzzFeed and The Wall Street Journal. Details are below.

  • Kendall Taggart is joining BuzzFeed as an investigative data journalist. She comes to BuzzFeed from the Center for Investigative Reporting, where she created the America’s Worst Charities series, winner of the 2013 Barlett & Steele Award. Taggart starts October 1 and will report to Jeremy Singer-Vine.
  • David Pybas, a veteran of The Wall Street Journal, announced he is leaving the paper. Pybas had been with the Journal for over 20 years and was involved in multiple redesigns of the paper.

Major Executive Changes at Condé Nast

unnamedBig changes have just hit Condé Nast. Editorial director Tom Wallace and COO and CFO John Bellando are both leaving the company, while David Geithner — a former veteran of Time Inc. — is joining as CFO.

Wallace’s exit will give even more power to Condé’s artistic director, Anna Wintour. In a memo announcing the changes, Chuck Townsend, the publishing house’s CEO, wrote that Wintour “will ensure that our content and culture remain at the forefront of our industry.”

Bellando had been with Condé since 1999. Geithner will take over Bellando’s CFO duties, while Bob Sauerberg will “assume a leading role in all revenue generation activities,” wrote Townsend.

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