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Ousted Cathie Black talks to Fortune About Making a Comeback

After being ousted as the chancellor of New York City public schools after merely 95 days, former Hearst magazines boss Cathie Black granted one of her first interviews to Fortune, and seemed to be in good spirits.

“It was like having to learn Russian in a weekend — and then give speeches in Russian and speak Russian in budget committee and City Council meetings,” she said about her brief stint in the public sphere.

Before managing magazines, including Cosmopolitan and Oprah’s O, Black also built USA Today for Gannett. But her media success has not shielded her from the barrage of criticism since she began the chancellor post.

“And the worst pictures!” Black told Patricia Sellers, “obviously referring to a horrid closeup shot of her on a February cover of New York magazine.”

Though it was scant on details, Black’s interview with Sellers seemed to suggest that she would be making a comeback, but likely in the media or business sphere:

[S]he is also relieved — to escape the paparazzi, dress in designer clothes again, and eat at old haunts like Michael’s, the media-elite lunchtime canteen.

No one doubts that she’ll land on her feet.

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