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Bill Simmons Returns to ESPN

simmonsAs Bill Simmons returns today to ESPN after serving out his three-week suspension, a number of questions linger. All of which are solidly addressed by New York Times writers Jonathan Mahler and Richard Sandomir.

1) How much does Simmons have left on his current contract with ESPN?

One year.

2) Who are the role models for Simmons, should he choose to go the non-traditional route?

Howard Stern and Glenn Beck.

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Google’s Krishna Bharat To Join Columbia Graduate School Of Journalism

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism made a major acquisition today by naming Krishna Bharat the Hearst New Media Professional-in-Residence.  Bharat is the founder and engineering head of Google News and recognized worldwide as one of the industry’s most influential computer scientists. 

Although he will continue to work out of Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA, Bharat will stay in touch with students in person and in virtual forums.  He will be a key resource for the recently founded Tow Center for Digital Journalism and deliver the annual Hearst New Media Lecture on April 7, 2011. 

School of Journalism dean Nicholas Lemann says he is pleased to bring Barat’s influence to Columbia and praised his role in new media:

In founding Google News, Krishna became a real pioneer in making professional journalism more widely accessible than ever before, and he continues to be one of the leading thinkers about how news and information is disseminated digitally. We are excited that he will be here to exchange ideas with our students and faculty.”

Bharat joins The Huffington Post’s chairman and co-founder Kenneth Lerer and former ESPN.com editor-in-chief, Neal Scarborough in the line of recent digital media experts to be appointed Hearst New Media Professional-in-Residence.

For more on Krishna Barat, check out our interview here: So What Do You Do, Krishna Bharat, Lead Engineer of Google News?

Updated: Huffington Post Gets New CEO

hippeau.pngEric Hippeau, managing partner of venture capital firm SoftBank Capital, has been named CEO of The Huffington Post. Hippeau, a HuffPo board member, is taking over for Betsy Morgan, who joined the online pub in October 2007 from CBSNews.com. She is leaving the company and vacating her spot on the board, the company said.

Hippeau was formerly the CEO of Ziff-Davis, where he led the company’s online initiatives including growing the ZDnet brand. SoftBank acquired Ziff-Davis in 1995 and Hippeau stayed in his role until 2000 when the company was sold. At SoftBank, he helped secure Series-A financing for the HuffPo in 2006, becoming an early investor.

Under Morgan’s leadership, the Huffington Post has grown rapidly and co-founders Arianna Huffington and Kenneth Lerer had nothing but good things to say about her.

Update: Huffington spoke to FishbowlNY and told us that the decision to appoint Hippeau was not a last minute move for the company, but rather something that had been in the works for awhile.

“Betsy has been a great CEO, and we owe our recent successes to her leadership — our six-fold increase in traffic, the doubling of our ad revenue,” Huffington said. “But we want to explore all the possibilities for expansion and for acquisitions, and we need the additional firepower of someone with Eric’s experience.”

Although Hippeau has been working closely with the Huffington Post for several years — thanks to his position on the small, four-person board — Huffington said she never thought he would “want to leave the life of a venture capitalist and join us in a full time role.” And, because he has been working with the company for quite some time, he can “hit the road running,” Huffington said. “He doesn’t have a learning curve.”

Full release after the jump

Earlier: New CEO For HuffPo

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Betsy Morgan Named Huffington Post CEO

image637893x.jpgAfter two years, Betsy L. Morgan is leaving her post as senior VP CBS Interactive and GM of CBSNews.com to helm HuffPo.

We’re guessing this means there will be more video on the text-heavy site. At the very least, maybe she could bring Hannah Storm with her.

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