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Jose Antonio Vargas Released From Federal Custody in Texas (TVNewser)
Jose Antonio Vargas, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was the focus of the recent CNN documentary Documented, was released from the custody of U.S. Border Patrol agents Tuesday evening. FishbowlDC Vargas was detained in McAllen, Texas Tuesday, days after speculating that he may be stuck in the border town. On Friday, Vargas wrote an essay for Politico, where he described his visit to a children’s shelter for Central American refugees. FishbowlNY Vargas was leaving the town to go to a screening of his film in Los Angeles when he was arrested. He was brought to a border patrol station for questioning. Supporters and members of the media gathered across the street, and were warned that if they approached the station any closer, they would also be arrested. HuffPost Vargas flew to the border last week to interview and film undocumented immigrants who have fled their home countries in Central America due to escalating violence. A TSA agent at the McAllen-Miller Airport initially cleared Vargas’ Philippines-issued passport when he attempted to board a flight Tuesday morning. He was placed into custody soon after, however, when he couldn’t produce a U.S. visa at the request of a border patrol agent. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Vargas, who won a Pulitzer as part of a Washington Post team in 2008, has become an outspoken advocate for undocumented immigrants after “coming out” as undocumented in a New York Times story in 2011.

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Margaret Low Smith Departs NPR for The Atlantic

Margaret low smith G Margaret Low Smith is leaving NPR to join The Atlantic as its vice president and president of AtlanticLive, the magazine’s events division.

Smith, who first came to NPR in 1982, most recently served as its senior VP of news; a role she held since 2011.

“Margaret is a newsroom leader who understands the high editorial and product standards we strive to meet every day,” said Bob Cohn, president and chief operating officer of The Atlantic, in a statement. “Her many successes at NPR have been the result of her creativity, strategic intelligence, and business rigor.”

Smith is succeeding Elizabeth Baker Keffer, the founding president of AtlanticLive.

NPR Reorganizes Executive Structure

NPR has developed a new executive structure that it hopes will allow closer coordination of its news, digital and programming strategies and a greater alignment of its news operations.

This has translated into the promotion of Kinsey Wilson to the new role of executive vice president and chief content officer. He will set the direction and oversee the operations for all content areas: news, programming and digital media. Margaret Low Smith will permanently lead NPR News as senior vice president, a position she has been acting in since January 2011. These changes are effective immediately.

“This is a time of great opportunity for NPR and our Member stations,” says CEO Gary Knell. “In Kinsey and Margaret, we have two journalists, strategists and leaders with a keen understanding of the craft that distinguishes NPR – and how we must continue to innovate and evolve. Our collective aim is to work with stations to become an unrivaled leader in news and cultural coverage that reaches all Americans, no matter how they tune in.”

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NPR Shuffles Its Executive Staff

NPR’s Kinsey Wilson just got a major promotion. It was announced today that Wilson will be NPR’s new executive vice president and chief content officer, in charge of shaping the direction of all NPR news, programming and digital media content. Wilson has been a digital innovation guru of sorts at NPR since his arrival in 2008. He headed the efforts to develop the radio network’s web and mobile platforms.

Meanwhile, Margaret Low Smith has been formally named senior vice president of NPR News, where she had been serving in acting capacity since January of 2011. Smith oversees the daily operations of NPR’s news staff of around 400.

Eric Nuzum was also formally named acting vice president for programming, a position he too has held on an interim basis since January 2011.