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Time‘s Rick Stengel Named America’s New Publicist

Time magazine managing editor Rick Stengel is leaving journalism for a job at the State Department. The very likely title is Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, one we’ve characterized before as “America’s Publicist“. Stengel, the oft-face of magazine on shows such as Morning Joe, and nominee of many National Magazine Awards (including a win for Magazine of the Year in 2012)  has the following job description:

The Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs leads America’s public diplomacy outreach, which includes communications with international audiences, cultural programming, academic grants, educational exchanges, international visitor programs, and U.S. Government efforts to confront ideological support for terrorism. The Under Secretary oversees the bureaus of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Public Affairs, and International Information Programs, well as the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, and participates in foreign policy development.

Stengel replaces Tara Sonenshine, who served under both Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. The position has been occupied by a number of big names in recent history including James K. Glassman, Karen Hughes, and Judith McHale.

[h/t Capital New York]

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Roll Call: Judith McHale, Isobar, Teneo, and More

Judith McHale, the Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy, has announced she’ll be stepping down after two years in the position. The role is one that has been focused on “winning the hearts and minds” of Muslim populations around the world. It’s a job that we’ve characterized as “America’s Publicist.” Previous undersecretaries include James Glassman and Karen Hughes.  [via Heritage.org]

Sara Ramsey has joined global comms company Isobar as MD of the San Francisco office. Previously, she was the VP of account management at Real Branding. She is replacing Tara Moss, who is moving to another position within parent company Aegis Media North America.

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B-M Throws a Birthday Party

Burson-Marsteller celebrated the 90th birthday of namesake Harold Burson at Guastavino’s in New York City on Tuesday. (Beautiful space, BTW, if you’re looking for a new place to host an event.)

Among the distinguished guests we saw: Mark Penn, Karen Hughes, Kelly Cutrone (who like our funky-fresh bird sweater!), Julia Hood, and, of course, Mr. Burson himself.

A couple of other snapshots after the jump.

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Politico’s Allen: ‘The Challenge is Breaking Through the White Noise’

A still from yesterday's event. From left: Mike Allen, Karen Hughes, Don Baer, and Pat Mitchell

During the Paley Center for Media’s International Council forum on digital media and politics in New York on Wednesday, Mike Allen, chief political correspondent for Politico, discussed the current explosion of media coverage.

“Now there is no place that everyone automatically goes for news. In the new world, all media outlets face the nightclub conundrum – when they’re hot, everyone goes there. Politico needs to make sure we don’t end up like Studio 54,” he said.

The panel was moderated by Pat Mitchell, president and CEO of the Paley Center for Media, and the other panelists included Don Baer and Karen Hughes, both worldwide vice chairs at Burson-Marsteller and former presidential communications advisers, for Clinton and Bush respectively.

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Karen Hughes: Organizers Should Locate Ground Zero Islamic Center “Elsewhere”

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Karen Hughes, the President George W. Bush administration official once tasked with running a massive public relations campaign to develop more positive public sentiment of Americans in Middle-Eastern countries, said in a Washington Post op-ed this weekend that the the Islamic Cultural center currently being planned for two blocks from Ground Zero should be moved “elsewhere.”

…I believe it is so important that Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and his congregation make what I fully understand would be a very difficult choice: to locate their mosque elsewhere. Putting the mosque at a different site would demonstrate the uncommon courtesy sometimes required for us to get along in our free and diverse society.

Hughes, who served as undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs from 2005 to 2007 for President Bush, is now global vice chair at Burson-Marsteller.

Meanwhile, he debate of the community center continues full force, with rallies this weekend attracting media attention.

The Ticker: UK PR vs journalism; Obama’s 1st year; New Wash Times editor; Toyota’s problems

The Independent: Has the British PR industry grown too big for journalism?

New York Times Op-Ed: Former Presidential press secretaries and speechwriters weigh in on the difficulties of the first year in the White House, including Ronald Nessen, James Fallows, Dee Dee Myers, and Karen Hughes

Romanesko: “Libertarian-conservative” Sam Dealey named Washington Times editor

New York Times: Toyota’s Slow Awakening to a Deadly Problem

PRWeek UK: Shine, Lexis, Brands2Life and Bite scoop top employer ratings from Sunday Times Best Companies list

NPR’s Bob Garfield Booked to Keynote PRSA

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NPR “On the Media” host, AdAge columnist and author Bob Garfield will keynote the annual PRSA conference this fall.

Garfield gained some extra notoriety by publicly shaming Comcast with the launch of ComcastMustDie.com in 2007.

The site launched around the same time coincidentally, that Comcast’s Frank Eliason started dealing with blogger blowback with a small team of people internally, which led to the launch of the now massive ComcastCares Twitter feed (26,495 followers and 32,893 updates as of the time of this post).

Other PRSA keynoters in recent years include Craig Newmark, Mia Farrow, Mitch Albom and “America’s PublicistKaren Hughes.

Ellen Moran Leaves White House Communications Post

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Ellen Moran is leaving her post as White House Communications Director to become the Chief of Staff at the Department of Commerce. As Politico’s Ben Smith says, it’s not a common trajectory.

The AP reminds us that Moran was the only member of President Obama’s inner circle that did not have a long term relationship with him, and did not play a role in the epic two-year campaign to win.

To call it a frat house would be unfair as there are so many women in White House positions of power. However, dare we hazard an uninformed guess, she served her usefulness getting the Communication department organized in the first 100 days–skills learned from running EMILY’s List.

Like Bush and his longtime relationship with Karl Rove and Karen Hughes, Obama seems to have messaging and positioning duties more than covered with David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs.

[photo via New York Times magazine from NY Times Mag: Meet Obama's Communications Team]