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Amy Keller Laird Named Editor-in-Chief of Women’s Health

Amy Keller Laird won the Rodale execs over. She was named interim editor-in-chief when Michele Promaulayko left for Yahoo — and there were rumors that Keller Laird wouldn’t be taking over the glossy — but that’s all over with. Rodale has tapped her as the new editor-in-chief of Women’s Health.

Rodale’s president, Scott Schulman, seemed to think Keller Laird was the perfect choice all along. ”Amy’s editorial expertise, passion for our mission, and proven ability to connect with a growing audience of readers across all channels make her the ideal candidate to continue Women’s Health’s incredible global growth trajectory,” he said in a statement.

Keller Laird joined Women’s Health in 2011 as executive editor. She previously served as Allure’s beauty director.

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Naomi Zeichner Named Editor-in-Chief of The Fader

Six months after losing Matthew Schnipper to The Verge, The Fader has its new editor-in-chief. Naomi Zeichner, who previously worked with The Fader as an associate editor and senior editor, is coming back to take the lead. Zeichner most recently served as BuzzFeed’s music editor.

“Naomi is an incredible talent. Her creativity, taste and insider knowledge of the industry defines what The Fader stands for,” said Andy Cohn, The Fader’s president and publisher, said in a statement. “She’s re-joining an immensely talented group of editors, writers, designers and photographers, and we couldn’t be happier to have her back as we head into an exciting time for The Fader, with some major announcements to come.”

“I enjoyed and learned a lot from my time at BuzzFeed, but I’m returning to The Fader because I’m as passionate about being a part of music culture as I am about being a part of media,” added Zeichner.

GQ Adds Culture Writer, Bonnier Taps PR Manager

A couple Revolving Door notes for you today, involving GQ and Bonnier Corporation. Details are below.

  • Lindy West is joining GQ as a culture writer for GQ.com. West most recently served as a staff writer for Jezebel. Prior to that she was the arts critic for Seattle’s The Stranger. West begins September 22.
  • Bonnier has named Molly Battles PR manager for its Men’s Group, which includes brands such as Popular Science and Field & Stream. She comes to Bonnier from The Rosen Group, where she had been since 2012. Prior to The Rosen Group, she worked with CBS News.

Spin Loses Another Editor-in-Chief

SPINLogoSpin continues to spin (we trademarked that phrase, by the way). According to Poynter, Craig Marks, who rejoined the now ditial-only music publication in June, is already out.

Marks had previously worked for Spin from 1991 to 1996. When Marks came back to Spin, he said “I’m thrilled to lead a music brand whose best days, I’m certain, still lie ahead.” Things have clearly changed since then, but Marks didn’t seem bitter. “It was a mutual and amicable decision that I would leave,” he told Poynter. “With the new CEO and the new regime it felt like the right time to part ways.”

Spin has had four different CEOs and editors in the past four years, so we’re guessing this will end up being a good thing for Marks.

Guy Vidra Named CEO of The New Republic

TNR logo GThe New Republic has named Guy Vidra its chief executive officer. Vidra most recently served as general manager of Yahoo News, a role he held since 2012. He previously served as WaPo’s head of business development and emerging media.

“One thing I’ve learned over the past two years is that to preserve and strengthen great institutions, you have to change them,” said Chris Hughes, TNR’s owner, in a statement. “Guy is a highly respected innovator with deep experience who will build on our recent progress in redefining The New Republic for a new time.”

In related news, TNR announced an investment division, The New RepublicFund. The investment arm will “back early-stage technology companies predominantly in the digital media, analytics, and video spaces,” according to TNR.

Vidra begins October 13.

Nylon Adds to Team

Nylon has added three members to its team. Details are below.

  • Preetma Singh has been named market director. Singh comes to the magazine from WSJ., where she served as market editor.
  • Diane Clements has been named Los Angeles director of advertising. Most recently she held the same role with Rolling Stone.
  • Scot Bondlow joins to represent Nylon in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. Bondlow is the president of Bondlow/reps in California. Currently, he oversees advertising sales, sponsorships, branding and marketing partnerships for The Sports Illustrated Golf Group.

Dana Liebelson Joins HuffPost Politics

photo.jpgDana Liebelson is joining The Huffington Post’s politics team. Liebelson has worked as a reporter for Mother Jones and contributed to The Week and Marie Claire.

“At HuffPost, she’ll focus on tech policy and politics but won’t limit herself to any particular topic, continuing with the remarkable breadth she’s shown so far in her career,” wrote Amanda Terkel, HuffPost politics managing editor, in a memo announcing the news.

Liebelson joins HuffPost’s Washington bureau in October.

Modern Farmer Names Cara Parks Executive Editor

Modern Farmer Media — publisher of Modern Farmer — has named Cara Parks its new executive editor. Parks most recently worked as a freelance journalist, crafting pieces for publications such as The New York Times, The New Republic, Slate, and more. She also worked as an adjunct professor at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Previously, Parks served as a deputy editor for Foreign Policy and a world editor for The Huffington Post.

“I am thrilled to have Cara Parks join the Modern Farmer team,” said Ann Marie Gardner, Modern Farmer’s CEO and editor-in-chief, in a statement. “She not only has great ideas, is a brilliant writer, and strong, fast editor, but she comes with immense global experience from digital sites that deal with global issues. Cara is exactly the person to take Modern Farmer to the world and grow our digital and print platforms to a greater audience.”

Suejin Yang Joins Time Inc

Time Inc. has named Suejin Yang VP/general manager, digital entertainment of People and Entertainment Weekly. Yang comes to Time Inc. from NBC Universal, where she most recently served as VP of Bravo Digital Media since 2011.

Prior to her time at NBC Universal, Yang held various management roles at Viacom, from 1998 to 2011.

“Suejin Yang’s leadership and team building experience, along with her diverse background in product management, video, multi-platform strategy, and integrated marketing will be invaluable to Time Inc.,” said M. Scott Havens, Time Inc.’s VP of digital, in a statement. “In addition, her knowledge of entertainment, fashion, and lifestyle content dovetails perfectly with the People and Entertainment Weekly brands as we accelerate our digital content and product offerings to more than 40 million unduplicated digital readers a month.”

Bill Dedman Leaves NBC News for Newsday

Bill Dedman, the Pulitzer-winning investigative journalist, is leaving NBC News to join Newsday. Dedman had been with NBC News for the past eight years.

In 1989, Dedman won the investigative reporting Pulitzer for his “The Color of Money” series, which appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In 2008, he won an award from the Society of Professional Journalists, and in 2011, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers honored him with the Best in Business award.

“Bill is an engaging writer whose skills as a journalist for print, online and video will help us continue to build on the strong enterprise work we’re doing at Newsday,” said Deborah Henley, editor of Newsday, in a statement.

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