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Chris Ariens

Chris joined Mediabistro in July 2007 as editor of TVNewser.com and executive producer of the blog network and was promoted to editorial director in June 2009. Before joining mediabistro, Chris spent seven years at MSNBC, as a producer, coordinating producer for the Olympics, and lastly as executive producer of daytime programs., Chris worked as a producer in local TV news in Green Bay (WLUK) and Tampa (WFTS). Email chris@mediabistro.com and follow @ChrisAriens on Twitter.

Cubes: Inside IAC’s Newsweek and The Daily Beast

The MediabistroTV crew headed over to Manhattan’s West Side recently to check out the gleaming Frank Gehry-designed IAC building which is home to Newsweek and The Daily Beast, among other IAC brands. NewsBeast’s Senior Columnist and CNN contributor John Avlon takes you into the belly of the Beast, which is home to the magazine, the website, a daily web series, and a lot of free food.

Lou Dobbs: My First Big Break

Lou Dobbs may be best known for his years as an anchor at CNN. Dobbs, the author of “Independents Day” and “War on the Middle Class,” is now with Fox Business Network. But like many in the TV news business, he got his start far from Midtown Manhattan. For Dobbs, it all began at a small radio and TV station in Yuma, Arizona — making $75 a week.

And now, almost 40 years later, Dobbs credits his days in Yuma for giving him his First Big Break.

After Three Months on the Job Lauren Kapp Leaves Huffington Post

Three months after leaving NBC News for Huffington Post Media Group, Lauren Kapp is leaving her post. Kapp was brought on as Huffington’s SVP of Global Strategy, Marketing and Communication. Reuters reports Kapp is leaving for personal reasons.

The differences between NBC and the Huffington Post are vast: NBC is part of a huge corporate conglomerate controlled by cable operator Comcast Corp and its news division has a long, storied history.

The Huffington Post, founded in 2005, is a scrappy upstart that has rewritten the rule book in how news is presented and consumed on the Internet with its mixture of aggregation, heavy use of photos, original reporting and commentary.

Kapp, spent the last 10 years at NBC News where she held PR jobs at “Today” and “Nightly News” before being upped to VP of communications and marketing, and was part of NBC News president Steve Capus’ inner circle.

Earlier this month, HPMG owner AOL hired Jolie Hunt for the newly-created role of chief marketing and communications officer. Hunt joined from Thomson Reuters.

Brian Williams: My First Big Break

MediabistroTV debuts a new series today, “My First Big Break” where we talk to media heavyweights about that break that got them to where they are today. Our first episode features Brian Williams, the anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News.” You know what he’s doing now, and you may know a bit about his past. But did you know he maxed out his credit cards and finally went bankrupt? Williams then took a job in technical operations until that First Big Break came along. He tells us who gave it to him, and how it changed the course of his career.

For more videos, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

CNN Publicist Heads to NBCU

PRNewser has learned that Christine Pietz, a publicist at CNN, is leaving the network for a similar post at NBCUniversal. New York-based Pietz, who is the primary publicist for CNN’s American Morning will be joining the communications group at NBCU’s TV distribution unit.

It’s a return of sorts for Pietz, who joined CNN from CNBC in 2006. In her new role, Pietz will work from the CNBC campus in Englewood Cliffs, NJ where NBCU’s TV distribution group is based.

The CNN morning program is undergoing other changes. TVNewser reported earlier this month that the show’s co-anchor John Roberts will be moving to CNN HQ in Atlanta and that executive producer Jamie Kraft is leaving CNN to become senior broadcast producer for NBC Nightly News. Pietz’s last day at CNN is Wednesday, she’ll join NBC on January 10.

Joe Ciarallo Joins mediabistro.com as PRNewser Editor

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We’re happy to announce that our longtime PRNewser freelance editor Joe Ciarallo will be joining the mediabistro.com team full time, effective today. Joe will be expanding on current PRNewser content as well as producing other PR related events, classes and Webcasts for Mediabistro. He has been with us from the start, working to grow PRNewser from its inception to one of the most widely read PR industry news sites.

He comes to us from the Horn Group, a digital communications agency in Manhattan, where he worked with a number of technology and digital media companies.

“It’s been amazing to see how PRNewser has grown and changed over the last two years. From our humble beginnings as a WordPress blog (hopefully the long time readers will remember those days) to being considered a key industry source of news, I think we’re just getting started,” said Ciarallo. “I can imagine one question people may ask will be about my awesome co-editor Jason Chupick. Jason is of course continuing to lend his well chosen words and insight to PRNewser and will remain on as co-editor.”

Expect to see a lot more activity on PRNewser and more PR industry resources overall from mediabistro.com.

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