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Maria Russo Rejoins the New York Times

RussoHeadshotAfter a long run in Los Angeles, veteran journalist and editor Maria Russo is headed back to New York City. Starting August 4, she will be the children’s book editor for the New York Times Book Review.

Here’s the memo from TBR editor Pamela Paul and deputy editor David Kelly:

Maria is a veteran of TBR, having filled in as a preview editor under Chip McGrath, and a native New Yorker. She was first brought in as a freelance book reviewer by Dwight Garner, whom Maria succeeded as books editor at Salon. Maria is also a former features editor at the New York Observer.

Despite all her New York cred, for the past 10 years, Maria has been working in Los Angeles, where she was most recently the editor in chief of Pasadena magazine. Before that, she was an editor in the Calendar section of the Los Angeles Times. Maria has also published widely as a freelancer, writing for the Magazine and the Book Review, among other venues.

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Alan Murray Named Editor of Fortune [Updated]

Alan Murray has been named the new editor of Fortune. He will be just the 17th editor of the glossy, which was founded in 1930 by the legendary Henry Luce. Murray most recently served as president of the Pew Research Center. He had been with Pew since 2012.

Prior to joining Pew, Murray worked at the Wall Street Journal in a variety of roles, most recently deputy managing editor and online executive editor. During Murray’s 10-year stint as the Journal’s Washington bureau chief, the bureau won three Pulitzers.

“Alan’s diverse background uniquely positions him to lead Fortune,” said Time Inc.’s executive VP, Todd Larsen, in a statement. “He is a digital champion and media visionary who can bridge every aspect of our business, moving effortlessly from the newsroom to the boardroom to television to conference stage.”

Murray will succeed Andy Serwer, who is leaving Time Inc. after 30 years.

Update (12:00 pm):
Below is Murray’s note to Pew staffers, announcing his decision to leave.

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Andy Wright Named New York Times Magazine Publisher

Wright, AndyAndy Wright, a 17-year veteran of The New York Times, has been named publisher of the New York Times Magazine.

Wright was most recently senior VP of advertising, overseeing categories such as automotive, finance, real estate, technology and conferences. Wright also led the Times‘ San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta sales offices.

Wright will keep his senior VP of advertising title and continue to manage the conference sales category in his new role.

“Andy is an exceptional leader with the experience and commitment needed to guide The New York Times Magazine’s advertising business as it begins its transformation under new editorial leadership,” said Meredith Kopit Levien, the Times’ executive VP of advertising, said in a statement.

Katie Nelson Named National Editor for HuffPost

Katie Nelson has been named The Huffington Post’s new national editor. Nelson most recently served as The New York Daily News’ deputy managing editor, digital. She had been with the paper since 2009. Nelson previously worked as a reporter for the AP.

“As we continue to expand internationally and experiment with new ways to tell the stories that matter most, Katie brings a mix of reporting experience and digital savvy that perfectly fits HuffPost’s hybrid approach,” said Arianna Huffington, in a statement.

Nelson joins the HuffPost August 6. She will report to the site’s managing editor, Kate Palmer.

Slate Names Dan Kois Culture Editor

Dan Kois GSlate has named Dan Kois its new culture editor. Kois, a senior editor at Slate, was most recently editor of the site’s Book Review section. He is also a contributor to The New York Times Magazine.

As the founding editor of New York’s culture blog, Vulture, Kois has plenty of pop culture chops. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Awl, Oxford American and Television Without Pity.

Julia Turner, Slate’s new editor-in-chief, announced Kois’ appointment on Twitter.

Janet Mock Named Marie Claire Contributing Editor

Marie Claire has added Janet Mock, a New York Times best-selling author and transgender rights activist, as a contributing editor. Mock will contribute print and online articles and act as a Marie Claire brand ambassador.

The move marks a bit of a return to Marie Claire for Mock. In a 2011 piece, she publicly came out as transgendered in a piece she wrote for the magazine told her story of growing up as a trans girl.

Mock is the author of the bestseller Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More and previously served as a staff editor for People.

“Janet is an incredibly smart and articulate writer,” said Marie Claire’s editor, Anne Fulenwider, in a statement. “Her ideas about identity, youth culture, and society’s changing norms about beauty illuminate the ever-evolving definition of the modern woman. I look forward to adding her unique point of view to our pages.”

AP New York Vet is Wire Service’s Third Man in Havana

Michael WeissensteinThere have been just a few AP Havana bureau chiefs since the wire service resumed operations in Cuba in 1999. The newly announced third is 39-year-old New York native Michael Weissenstein (pictured).

Weissenstein will move over from Mexico City, where he has been based for the past two years covering Central and Latin America. He previously worked as an editor and reporter for AP New York, in addition to stints for the wire service in London and the Middle East. From today’s announcement:

“Cuba is important for the Americas and the world,” said John Daniszewski, senior managing editor for international news. “AP continues to deploy top-notch journalists to tell the story of Cuba’s people, culture and government with accuracy, fairness and insight.”

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THR Adds Staffer, NY Times Expands Editorial Board

A couple moves to note this morning, involving The Hollywood Reporter and The New York Times. Details are below.

  • Chris Gardner is joining THR as a staff writer. He’ll contribute to the magazine’s Rambling Reporter section. He comes to the magazine from MSN.
  • Ernesto Londoño is joining the New York Times editorial board. He most recently worked for The Washington Post as a Pentagon correspondent. At the Times, Londoño will write about foreign affairs.

Marie Claire Names Nancy Gillen Managing Editor

Marie Claire has named Nancy Gillen its new managing editor. Gillen most recently held the same role at Glamour. She had been with Glamour since 2011.

The move marks a return to Hearst for Gillen, who served as Harper’s Bazaar’s managing editor from 2006 to 2011. She previously served as managing editor of ElleGirl.

Gillen begins her new role August 4. She will report to Marie Claire’s editor, Anne Fulenwider.

HollywoodLife Welcomes New Managing Editor

CarolynDavisPicPeople magazine; MTV; US Weekly; HollywoodLife. That’s the career progression of Carolyn Davis (pictured) who, effective July 15, is the managing editor for Bonnie Fuller‘s celebrity news site.

To go along with this hire, HL also promoted senior reporter Emily Longeretta to news editor. From this week’s announcement:

“Carolyn’s in-depth knowledge and experience in the celebrity/entertainment and pop culture world will be a tremendous asset to HollywoodLife, as well as her infectious energy and enthusiasm for connecting with our audience of female Millennial readers,” said HollywoodLife president and editor-in-chief Fuller.

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