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Revolving Door Newsletter: 01.07.11

Glenn Beck Nabs Former HuffPo CEO; 'NewsBeast' Lands Publisher

January 7, 2011
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Ellen Weiss is out at NPR. The senior vice president found herself in the news last year after firing Juan Williams. CEO Vivian Schiller keeps her job, but won't earn a bonus because the board expressed "concern over her role in the termination process." Williams supported the decision from his pulpit on Fox News, pointing out the evils of the liberal bias at his former organization, an opinion that has some in the media calling him a clown. And now we'll wash our hands of this entire ordeal...

Glenn Beck's Web venture, The Blaze, taps former Huffington Post CEO Betsy Morgan as president. The New York Times wonders how she can go from the left-leaning HuffPo to Beck's site, but Morgan says "I am a very apolitical person. I'm a business person, who is absolutely fascinated by brands." (Although she did contribute to one campaign.) Also, you'd have to imagine, money talks. The Blaze also promotes managing editor Scott Baker to editor-in-chief and recruits former Premiere Radio Networks President Kraig Kitchin as director of sales...

Newsweek/Daily Beast lands Ray Chelstowski as publisher. The former Rolling Stone/Entertainment Weekly man will be tasked with combining the two publications' sales staff. From the sound of things, that basically means goodbye Newsweekers, hello TDB crew... Tiger Woods and Golf Digest part ways. The gofler will need to find another way to make $1 million per year. We imagine he will... IMG sells The Daily to founder Brandusa Niro...

Rick Hirsch, a longtime Miami Herald journalist, is the paper's new managing editor... The Falls Church News-Press decides to give Helen Thomas a weekly column. The 90-year-old lost her last position in June 2010 after making a comment that many perceived as anti-Semitic... News of the World suspends assistant editor Ian Edmondson. His crime: Approving the hacking into Sienna Miller's voicemail account (or, cynically, getting caught doing so)...

MSNBC gives Ted Williams a job recording voice-overs for its Lean Forward campaign. His hire proves, well, something... Nancy Grace signs a new contract, keeping her on HLN for multiple years. The host had "serious" conversations with Fox Business Network before re-upping... Kathy Griffin leaves her life on the D List... Mel Kiper Jr. and Dari Nowkhah launch Dari and Mel on ESPN Radio. The weekly show airs Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon... And there are changes at Woman's Day, Bloomberg, and more...

January 7, 2011: Rick Hirsch has been named managing editor at The Miami Herald. He had been managing editor of the newspaper's Broward County edition. (The Miami Herald)

January 7, 2011: DJ Lewin has been named director of sales at CBS' South Florida properties. He had been local sales manager there. (TVSpy)

January 7, 2011: Scott Baker has been named editor-in-chief at Glenn Beck's The Blaze. He had been managing editor there. (WebNewser)

January 7, 2011: Kraig Kitchin has been named director of sales at Glenn Beck's The Blaze. He had been president at Premiere Radio Networks. (WebNewser)

January 7, 2011: Betsy Morgan has been named president at Glenn Beck's The Blaze. She had been chief executive officer at Huffington Post. (WebNewser)

January 7, 2011: Wendy Benjaminson has been named assistant Washington bureau chief at Associated Press. She had been news editor there. (FBDC)

January 7, 2011: Kate Brown has been named director of public relations and marketing at Foreign Policy. She had been media relations manager at New American Foundation . (FBDC)

January 7, 2011: Vernon Loeb has been named local editor at The Washington Post. He had been deputy managing editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer. (FBDC)

January 7, 2011: Tim Kennedy has been named general manager at Rodale. He had been president, publisher and chief executive officer at The Morning Call. (FBNY)

January 7, 2011: Brendan Greeley has been named staff writer at Bloomberg Businessweek. He had been technology and policy correspondent at The Economist. (FBNY)

January 7, 2011: Ashlee Vance has been named staff writer at Bloomberg Businessweek. He had been enterprise technology writer at The New York Times. (FBNY)

January 7, 2011: Ray Chelstowski has been named publisher at Newsweek. He had been publisher at Prestige New York. (FBNY)

January 7, 2011: Ivan Askwith has been named head of digital media at Lucasfilm. He had been director of strategy at Big Spaceship. (AgencySpy)

January 7, 2011: Yuri Salnikoff has been named VP, managing director, client services at R/GA. He had been managing director there. (AgencySpy)

January 6, 2011: Liza Aelion has been named brand creative director at Woman's Day. She had been creative director at The Knot and The Nest. (mb)

January 6, 2011: Lindsay Brooke Cohen has been named editorial director at Haute Living Magazine. She had been fashion and accessories editor at Niche Media. (mb)

January 6, 2011: Alicja Wojczyk has been named public relations coordinator at La Prairie. She had been communications assistant there. (mb)

January 6, 2011: Jaime Maser has been named vice president, brand and public relations at La Prairie. She had been director of communications there. (mb)

January 6, 2011: Linda Pricci has been named marketing manager, creative services and social/new media at Rizzoli. She had been sales & marketing coordinator there. (mb)

January 6, 2011: Richard Powell Jr. has been named chief communications officer at Bloomberg. He had been chief operating officer and chair at Burson-Marsteller Worldwide. (PRNewser)

January 6, 2011: Lisa Wolford has been named managing director at Glover Park Group. She had been partner at Robinson Lerer & Montgomery. (PRNewser)

January 6, 2011: Bill Wohl has been named chief marketing officer and senior vice president at Hewlett-Packard. He had been vice president of global field communications at SAP AG. (PRNewser)

January 6, 2011: Robert Gibbs has been named political adviser at President Obama's re-election campaign. He had been press secretary at the White House. (PRNewser)

January 6, 2011: Jennifer Bush has been named editorial director at Gilt Groupe Home. She had been articles editor at ELLE DECOR. (mb)

January 6, 2011: Alexandre Malgouyres has been named communications director at John Galliano. He had been global communications director and spokesman at SPEC Entertainment. (WWD)

January 6, 2011: Mike Fisher has been named Western advertising director at Vanity Fair. He had been Los Angeles advertising director there. (release)

January 6, 2011: Amber Estabrook Poggi has been named national advertising director, luxury and Europe at Vanity Fair. She had been advertising director, international fashion and luxury there. (release)

January 6, 2011: Mary Connelly has been named associate publisher at Vanity Fair. She had been advertising director, sales development there. (release)

January 6, 2011: Patricia Cunningham has been named senior vice president/client services at The Halo Group. She had been freelance strategic account director at Prudential Financial.

January 6, 2011: Molly Heintz has been named managing editor at The Architect's Newspaper. She had been a fellow at the Philip Johnson Glass House. (Unbeige)

January 6, 2011: James Gaddy has been named acting managing editor at Interview. He had been editor at Print. (Unbeige)

January 6, 2011: Olga Grisaitis has been named director at Art Directors Club. She had been acting director at there. (Unbeige)

January 6, 2011: Melissa Lavigne-Delville has been named vice president, strategic insights for women at NBCUniversal. She had been managing director at The Intelligence Group. (release)

January 6, 2011: Michael Schneider has been named Los Angeles bureau chief at TV Guide. He had been TV editor at Variety. (FishbowlLA)

January 6, 2011: Bronwyn Barnes has been named entertainment editor at She had been associate entertainment editor there. (mb)

January 6, 2011: Esther Lem has been named chief marketing office at Chegg. She had been vice president at Unilever. (release)

January 6, 2011: Tom Dillon has been named senior vice president of distribution at Chegg. He had been chief operating officer at Netflix. (release)

January 6, 2011: Jonas Larsen has been named vice president, specials at Comedy Central. He had been executive producer at Oxygen Networks. (release)

January 6, 2011: Danielle Sullivan has been named blogger for Strollerderby at Babble. She had been managing editor at NYMetroParents. (release)

January 6, 2011: Katie Allison Granju has been named blogger for Strollerderby at Babble. She had been a blogger for Home/Work and Baby's First Year there. (release)

January 6, 2011: Meredith Carroll has been named blogger for Strollerderby at Babble. She had been a freelance writer. (release)

January 6, 2011: Dan Bishop has been named art director at Fresh Home. He had been senior associate art director at Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Media. (mb)

January 5, 2011: Moya McAllister has been named owner/director at Moya McAllister Photography. She had been photography director at Story Worldwide. (mb)

January 5, 2011: Julie Taraska has been named senior editor at Gilt Home. She had been founding editor and copywriter there. (mb)

January 5, 2011: Christine Schirmer has been named director or public relations at Scribd. She had been vice president of media strategy at The OutCast Agency. (mb)

January 5, 2011: Amy Wimer has been named publisher, Men's Book Chicago at Modern Luxury Media. She had been owner at Magnolia Media and Marketing. (mb)

January 5, 2011: Kristy Zoshak has been named promotion manager at O, The Oprah Magazine. She had been development counselor at LIM. (mb)

January 5, 2011: Andrea Barbalich has been named executive editor at First for Women. She had been deputy editor at Reader's Digest. (mb)

January 5, 2011: Tony Nethercutt has been named general manager of North America operations at Mojiva. He had been vice president of sales at AdMob. (release)

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