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Revolving Door: Norah O’Donnell Replaces Erica Hill on ‘CBS This Morning’, Dick Cheney Interviewed by ABC’s Jonathan Karl, and More

CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Norah O’Donnell has been named co-host of “CBS This Morning” replacing Erica Hill who first came to CBS News in 2008, while still with CNN, to co-anchor the weekend “Early Show.” In January, 2010 she joined CBS full time. (TVNewser)

Lauren Kapp, the former top communications and marketing executive at NBC News who left for a strategy and marketing position at Huffington Post in May, will be leaving that job this week. Reuters reports Kapp will leave Huffington Post Media Group August 1, three months after joining from NBC. Reuters says personal reasons are behind the change. (TVNewser)

Former Vice President Dick Cheney was interviewed by ABC’s Jonathan Karl. The interview, Cheney’s first since his heart transplant earlier this year, will be previewed across all ABC’s platforms today, and will air in its entirety on “Nightline” this evening. (TVNewser)

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has been making the media rounds to promote his new book, and one of the stops was C-SPAN. C-SPAN’s Brian Lamb asked Scalia about his recent interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, and why Justices are usually so reluctant to do public appearances. (TVNewser) Video Below:

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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.

Revolving Door: MSNBC, Salon, and More from the News Corp Hacking Scandal

MSNBC’s top spokesperson Jeremy Gaines is heading to the Gannett Company to lead the corporate comms division as VP, effective May 21. Gannett owns USA Today, a number of broadcast stations, and tons of other media properties. NBC News’ lead spokesperson Lauren Kapp is heading to The Huffington Post as of April 30. NBC has not announced replacements for either position. [via]

Speaking of USA Today, two of the papers journalists say they’ve become the target of a “smear campaign” after reporting on “government propaganda contractors.” We tweeted the PRSA response; here it is as well. [via]

Salon has a new look. Thoughts? Separately, the site’s press release for the redesign says the number of monthly unique visitors has grown 30 percent to 7.7 million since 2011. [via]

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NBC Combines Marketing, Promo and PR Departments

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NBC News said today that it will be combining its communications, marketing and promotion arms into one department, NBC News Marketing and Communications.

Lauren Kapp, who has been with NBC since 2002, most recently as VP NBC News Communications, is being promoted to oversee the new unit.

“We work so closely together, but as the industry changes and the media landscape evolves, we just found ourselves working more closely, and it makes sense to have us more cohesive,” said Kapp in a phone interview with PRNewser today. “We’re always looking for ways to do things better.”

She also said the entire teams of each department will remain intact and no layoffs would take place as a result of the combination. A key recent promotion in the department was Ryan Osborn as the first social media director of NBC News. The promotion, “gives you some sense of the direction we’re heading in,” said Kapp.

Kapp has been the chief spokesperson for NBC News and its president Steve Capus since August 2009. She also managed public relations for the “Today” show from October 2002 until July 2007, serving as chief spokesperson for the show and as the primary publicist for its anchors and correspondents. Prior to joining NBC, she worked in the ABC News press department from April 2000 through October 2002.

Summer Wilkie Joins NBC News as Senior Manager, Communications

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First on PRNewser: Summer Wilkie has joined the NBC News team as Senior Manager, Communications. Wilkie is overseeing the PR for “Nightly News with Brian Williams,” among other projects and initiatives within the News division.

She will report to Lauren Kapp, Vice President of Communications for NBC News. Previously, Wilki was at Oxygen for nearly eight years covering public affairs, corporate communications and PR.