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Yahoo Adds Kristen Baldwin and Kerry Diamond

Yahoo logo GYahoo has made two major hires — Kristen Baldwin and Kerry Diamond. Baldwin will serve as editor-in-chief of Yahoo TV and Diamond will serve as editor-in-chief of Yahoo Food.

Baldwin comes to Yahoo from Entertainment Weekly, where she had been since 1995. She most recently served as deputy editor. Baldwin has also made appearances on appearances on Today, The View, Entertainment Tonight and more. Baldwin starts September 29.

Diamond is the co-founder and editorial director of Cherry Bombe, a women-centric food glossy that Adweek named one of this year’s hottest magazines. She is also the co-owner of three Brooklyn restaurants: Nightingale 9, Wilma Jean, and Smith Canteen. Diamond starts September 22.

Time Promotes Two, Adds Three

Time_magazine_logoTime has promoted two staffers and added three. Details are below.

  • Lily Rothman has been promoted to archive editor. She most recently covered pop culture for the magazine and its website.
  • Reno Ong has been promoted to audience engagement and homepage editor in Hong Kong. For the past two years Ong has served as a copy editor in Hong Kong.
  • Alice Gabriner rejoins Time as international photo editor. She previously worked for Time’s photo department from 1999 to 2009. She left the magazine to become director of photography at the White House.
  • Mandy Oaklander joins Time’s health team as a writer and editor. She was most recently worked at Prevention.
  • Jack Linshi has been named a breaking news reporter and homepage editor. He graduated from Yale in May.

Kate Lanphear Named Editor of Maxim

maxim logo GKate Lanphear — yes, a woman — has been named the new editor-in-chief of Maxim. Lanphear comes to the magazine from T: The New York Times Style Magazine, where she served as style director. Prior to her time at T, Lanphear served as Elle’s style director for four years.

The decision to hire Lanphear to run the most dude bro magazine of all time is interesting, to say the least. According to WWD, during her time at Elle, Lanphear “became a recognizable street style star.” What does that mean for Maxim? Well, we’re not quite sure, since we’re not really clear on what a “street style star” is or does. However! WWD makes it sound important, so perhaps Lanphear is going to try and class the joint up a bit.

This is just the latest noteworthy addition to the glossy since Sardar Biglari purchased it in March. In July, Kevin Martinez left Details to join Maxim as its publisher.

Is Maxim as we know it dead? And what will the new Maxim look like? Keep an eye out for its March issue. That will be the first one under Lanphear’s leadership.

BuzzFeed Adds Hayes Brown, Defense One Adds Two

A few Revolving Door items for you this afternoon, involving BuzzFeed and The Atlantic’s national security site, Defense One. Details are below.

  • BuzzFeed has hired Hayes Brown as foreign news editor and reporter. Brown comes to the site from ThinkProgress, where he most recently served as editor of its World vertical. Before joining ThinkProgress he served as a contractor for the Department of Homeland Security. Brown starts October 6.
  • Gordon Lubold and Marcus Weisgerber are joining Defense One. Lubold comes to the site from Foreign Policy and Weisberger joins from Defense News.

Jason Kontos Saunters Over to Promenade Magazine

JasonKontosPicHow’s this for a magazine audience pitch? According to the good folks at Davler Media, here’s who likes to peruse Promenade magazine:

Promenade reaches 3 million readers per issue, in four- and five-star hotel rooms, private clubs and upscale residential buildings. Readers who are highly educated, well-traveled and cultured.

Add in another half-million monthly uniques at sister website NYLuxury.com and you’ve got a choice editorial purview. One that is now going to be run by editorial director Jason Kontos (pictured), who is taking over for the departing Phyllis Singer.

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Matt Gross Named Editor of Boston.com

Matt Gross has been named the new editor of Boston.com. Gross comes to the site from Bon Appetit, where he served as editor of Bonappetit.com since 2012.

From 2006 to 2010 Gross penned the popular Frugal Traveler column for The New York Times. His has also worked as an editor for New York and FoxNews.com. His work has appeared in magazines such as Saveur and Afar.

“Matt’s experience gives him a unique perspective that will drive compelling content, leveraging multimedia and social channels to tell great stories on Boston.com, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary next October,” said Corey Gottlieb, Boston Global Media Partners’ executive director of digital strategy and operations, in a statement. “His vision will help to further define Boston.com’s identity.”

Gross begins his new role September 29.

THR and Billboard Tap Head of Video, Quartz Editor Expands Role

A couple Revolving Door items to note this afternoon, involving The Hollywood Reporter and Quartz. Details are below.

    • The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard have named Jeremy Colfer head of video. He comes to the glossies from Sundance TV, where he worked as a senior producer for branded content. Previously Colfer served as senior director/GM, Official Comedy Network at Bedrocket Media Ventures.
    • Zach Seward, a senior editor at Quartz, has added product director to his role. In a memo announcing the change, Quartz’s editor, Kevin Delaney, wrote, “This move reflects the vision and importance of Zach’s contributions to what Quartz is as a digital product. He’s played a constant lead role in discussions about how to improve and expand our site, and has originated countless ideas for how it should look, work, and be structured.” Seward has been with Quartz since it launched in 2012.

TheStreet Names Managing Editor, Tech Reporter

TheStreet logo GTheStreet.com has hired Scott Billings as managing editor and Jennifer Van Grove as a tech and social media reporter.

Billings comes to TheStreet from Hawthorne Writers, which he founded. He previously worked as CNBC’s senior news editor for six years. He also spent more than a decade with The Wall Street Journal. Van Grove most recently worked for CNET as a reporter covering breaking news stories.

“Our mission is to offer investors credible insights that will help them make the best decisions about their money,” said Elisabeth DeMarse, TheStreet’s president, in a statement. “Our newsroom has really been taking shape under the leadership of editor-in-chief Janet Guyon in recent months, and adding Scott and Jennifer to the team will undoubtedly further the company’s goal.”

Kim Kelleher Named Publisher of Wired [Updated]

The wait to find out who will be Wired’s new publisher is over. Breathe people! According to The New York Post, Condé Nast is expected to give the job to Kim Kelleher, the former Say Media president. Kelleher was president of Say Media from August of 2012 to November of 2013.

Kelleher will be succeeding Howard Mittman, who left the magazine last Friday to join GQ as its new publisher when Chris Mitchell shifted to Vanity Fair.

This will mark a return to Condé for Kelleher, as she previously served as Self’s VP and publisher. Kelleher also served as Sports Illustrated’s publisher and Time’s worldwide publisher. She was named Ad Age’s publisher of the year in 2011.

We’ve reached out to Condé for confirmation on Kelleher’s appointment. We’ll update when we hear back.

Update (7:00 pm):
It’s official, per a Condé release.

An EIC Promotion That Was a Long Time Coming

JohnLaposkyPicAll good things come to those who wait. And wait. And… wait.

When John Laposky joined This Week in Consumer Electronics as managing editor, the consumer electronics horizon did not yet include the iPhone and high-definition TV. The year was 1995, and now, roughly 936 weeks later, Laposky has graduated to editor-in-chief.

From today’s announcement:

Laposky takes over the position from Steve Smith, who transitioned to editor-at-large at the end of July.

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