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Joe Zee to Leave Elle for Yahoo

Joe Zee GJoe Zee is leaving his post at Elle for Yahoo. WWD reports that “multiple sources” said Zee, who has been creative director at Elle since 2007, has accepted an offer from Yahoo to run a fashion site.

If the rumor turns out to be true, it wouldn’t be surprising. Last week, Yahoo announced that it was shuttering its women’s site Shine so it could focus on launching several sites with specific focuses. Then, just two days ago, Bobbi Brown was hired to be editor of Yahoo Beauty. It seems Zee is next in line.

Should Zee leave, Alex Gonzalez, currently Marie Claire’s artistic director and Town & Country’s design director, could be a possible successor.

For more Zee, below is Mediabistro’s interview with him. In the segment, Zee explained how he broke into the fashion industry.

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David Butler, 63, Will Now Oversee 75 Daily Newspapers

DavidButlerPicDigital First Media, headquartered in New York City, has found its man. David J. Butler, editor and senior vice president of the San Jose Mercury News – as well as West editor for the company – has been promoted to chain editor-in-chief.

As such, Butler, age 63, will oversee 75 daily newspapers and other weekly publications that publish across the country. From today’s announcement:

“Dave Butler is a focused editorial leader who will continue to challenge Digital First Media newsrooms to innovate and to continue to transform,” said John Paton, DFM chief executive officer.

Added Butler: “I hope to bring a special appreciation and knowledge to the job having been a long-time editor at both companies (MediaNews Group, Journal Register Company). Our commitment at Digital First Media is unchanged — aggressively pursuing a new and exciting digital future while continue to produce superb, exclusive, local enterprise reporting that makes a difference in the lives of our readers, including those who cherish print.”

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Inc. Changes at the Top

Jim Ledbetter has been editor of Inc. for only a little over three months, but he’s already found his executive editor. The New York Post is reporting that Jon Fine is joining Inc. in May to take on the role.

Fine — husband of Mediabistro founder Laurel Touby — is a veteran media journalist, having spent nine years at Ad Age and Businessweek. He also spent a year as editorial director of Magnum Photos. Fine has been busy writing a memoir about his time in the indie rock scene. The book — due out next year — carries the fantastic title of Your Band Sucks.

In other Inc. news, David Whitford is returning to the magazine as editor-at-large. Whitford wrote for Inc. before leaving for Fortune in the late 90s.

WSJ Expands Economics Team, Marshall Project Names Exec Director

A few moves to note today, regarding The Wall Street Journal and The Marshall Project. Details are below.

  • The Journal has named Sudeep Reddy deputy global economics editor and Tim Aeppel senior economics correspondent. Reddy has been with the Journal since 2007; Aeppel since 1989. Nick Timiraos and Josh Zumbrun are also joining the paper’s economics team as reporters.
  • Nicole Gordon has been named executive director of The Marshall Project. Gordon is a lawyer and the founding executive director of New York’s Campaign Finance Board. She will oversee the Marshall Projects non-editorial functions, “including development, strategy, human resources, compliance and finance,” according to a release.

James Goldston Named President of ABC News

James Goldston has been tapped as the next president of ABC News. Goldston has been with ABC News since 2004, when he joined as a senior producer. He most recently served as senior VP for content and development, since 2012.

Goldston will now oversee all editorial and business decisions in ABC’s News Division, which includes all ABC News programs on ABC, ABC News Radio and abcnews.com. He succeeds Ben Sherwood, who was recently promoted to co-president of the Disney/ABC Television Group.

In a note to staffers announcing the move, Sherwood described Goldston as “An award-winning journalist, masterful programmer, and innovative businessman.”

Sherwood’s full memo is below.

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Ginger Thompson Leaves NY Times for ProPublica

Hours after it was announced that Tim Golden was leaving The New York Times, the paper has lost another veteran: Ginger Thompson. Thompson is departing the Times to join ProPublica as a senior reporter.

Thompson had been with the Times for the past 15 years, most recently serving as an investigative reporter. During her time at the paper, she was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize. Prior to joining the Times, Thompson was a reporter for The Chicago Tribune and a Pulitzer finalist while working at The Baltimore Sun.

“Ginger’s bona fides speak for themselves, from the impressive honors to the variety of topics she’s covered in winning them,” said Robin Fields, ProPublica’s managing editor, in a statement. “She is just the kind of reporter we dream of hiring, and we can’t wait to see how her range of talents adds to our newsroom.”

Food & Wine Adds Two, WSJ Names Economics Reporter

Food & Wine has two new staffers and The Wall Street Journal has a new economics reporter. Details are below.

  • Sarah DiGregorio and Yaran Noti have both joined the Food & Wine team. DiGregorio has been named senior editor in the magazine’s food department and Noti is the title’s new features editor. DiGregorio comes to Food & Wine from Parade, where she served as food editor. Noti most recently worked at Food Network Magazine.
  • The Wall Street Journal has named Matt Stiles an economics reporter. Stiles most recently worked for NPR as a data editor. Stiles had been with NPR since 2011.

Tim Golden Leaves NY Times, Bobbi Brown Joins Yahoo

A couple moves to note today, regarding The Marshall Project and Yahoo. Details are below.

  • Tim Golden is leaving The New York Times to join The Marshall Project. He will serve as the forthcoming site’s managing editor for investigations and news. Golden had been with the Times since 1990.
  • Bobbi Brown is joining Yahoo as editor-in-chief of Yahoo Beauty. Brown is best known as the founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. Brown will start at Yahoo on April 21. She will continue in her role as chief creative officer of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.

Jeremy Kaplan Lands Dream Job at Digital Trends

JeremyKaplanPicAnybody who kicks off their job announcement with a Scorsese reference is just fine by FishbowlNY. You typin’ to Mb (Mediabistro)… You, typin’, to Mb?

From Jeremy Kaplan‘s Editor’s Note:

“As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.”

That’s how Goodfellas begins. But me? Ever since way back when, I always wanted to be involved in technology.

March 31 was the first day of my dream job as editor-in-chief of Digital Trends – and that’s no April Fools’ joke. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do: I get to work with some of the leading experts in the technology world to talk about and pour over the newest gadgets. It’s ideal for someone like me, who can’t remember the name of someone I just met, and can’t forget the name of the processor in the Mac clone I bought in 1996. (It was a top of-the-line system from Power Computing, and it had a blistering 210-MHz 604e chip. The guy I met was named Dave, I think. Or was it Dan? Duncan?)

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Tony Gervino Named Editor of Billboard

TonyGervinoPicTony Gervino has been named the new editor-in-chief of Billboard. Janice Min, chief creative officer and co-president of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group, tweeted the news.

Gervino is a contributor to the New York Times and has served as Hearst Magazines International’s executive editor since 2011. He tweeted that he was “so excited” to join the magazine.

Here’s the internal memo from Min:

Dear Staff:

I am pleased to announce that Tony Gervino has been named editor-in-chief of the Billboard brand. Tony comes to us from Hearst Magazines International, where he was the executive editor overseeing the direction of titles in the company’s Home Design, Men’s Enthusiast, Teen and Women’s Network Groups. Among the brands in that stable are the international editions of Esquire, Car and Driver, Popular Mechanics, Seventeen, Robb Report, Veranda and Cosmopolitan.

Additionally, Tony has contributed widely to the New York Times, and between 2010 and 2011, he also served as a contributing editor to the New York Times Magazine, where he worked closely with the editor-in-chief. Before that, he was the editor of two cult-favorite publications in New York publishing: Slam (basketball) and Antenna, a men’s fashion and lifestyle magazine. He was the founding executive editor of XXL.

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