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Revolving Door Newsletter: 05.17.11

Staff Changes At NYO; Carol Smith In At Hearst

May 17, 2011
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Arianna Huffington will not stop hiring. The latest scores include former executive editor Neil Katz and Lori Leibovich, who join as executive news editor and women's editor, respectively. The moves come after a series of expected layoffs plagued the first stages of the merger. Additionally, the company shifts Saul Hansell from Seed to the Huffington Post, where he'll serve as editor of "Big News." Apparently, it's pretty much the same gig as before, albeit with a new, flashier title. And don't say Arianna is resting on her laurels as the HuffPo head launches a B2B division called AOL Industry. The new division consists of energy, defense and government verticals...

Harper's Bazaar shakes up its advertising side, installing former Elle savior Carol Smith as publisher. Current HB publisher Valerie Salembier gets shuttled sideways (read: demoted) to Town & Country while T&C publisher Jim Taylor is leaving the company. Bazaar's ad pages are down 11.3 percent in the first quarter...

The New York Observer continues its hiring streak as Elizabeth Spiers recruits Brian Gallagher, Nitasha Tiku and Michael Miller. Gallagher comes on as deputy editor while the latter two journalists join as staff writers. Reid Pillifant scores a promotion to features editor with online managing editor Aaron Gell getting bumped up to executive editor... Roll Call snags Alex Muller from The Hill where he had been a copy editor, graphic designer and Web producer... TBD continues to sink. The latest move is community engagement director Steve Buttry. He departs for the Journal Register Company to join former TBD general manager Jim Brady...

Mike Huckabee chooses to stay at Fox News instead of running for president. The potential GOP candidate didn't tell anyone of his decision beforehand -- including Donald Trump, who pre-taped two statements to run after the announcement. Thankfully, Huckabee's staff aired the correct one... CBS cancels Sh*t My Dad Says, leading some to wonder if this is the end of Twitter-inspired shows. (Sadly, RD believes it's just the beginning.)... Mary Noonan leaves CBS for CNBC. She's been with the Eye for 23 years, most recently as director of talent development, and she'll join the financial channel's documentary unit as senior producer...

Nathan Folkman trades Facebook for Path just months after departing Foursquare for Mark Zuckerberg's behemoth... Klout signs up former Yahoo data and analytics VP David Mariani... And there are changes at Bloomberg, Skyword and more...

May 17, 2011: Erika Niedowski has been named reporter at Associated Press in Providence, R.I. She had been Web editor at The Hill. (FBDC)

May 17, 2011: Nathan Folkman has been named engineer at Path. He had been at Facebook. (TechCrunch)

May 17, 2011: Peter Stern has been named CEO at bitly. He had been co-founder at Zenbe. (TechCrunch)

May 17, 2011: Sam Feist has been named Washington bureau chief at CNN. He had been political director there. (TVNewser)

May 17, 2011: Maria Streshinsky has been named editor-in-cheif at Miller-McCune. She had been managing editor at The Atlantic. (mb)

May 17, 2011: Deirdre Foley-Mendelssohn has been named senior editor at The Paris Review. She had been assistant editor at The New Yorker. (GalleyCat)

May 17, 2011: Aaron Griffiths has been named creative director at Chiat NY. He had been executive creative director at Ogilvy New York. (AgencySpy)

May 17, 2011: Christine Schoultz has been named vice president of marketing at BrightRoll. She had been vice president of marketing and client services at Specific Media. (mb)

May 17, 2011: Dena Ross has been named digital media producer at A&E Television Networks. She had been editor II at Wetpaint. (mb)

May 17, 2011: Demond Fernandez has been named reporter at KTRK in Houston. He had been reporter at WOAI in San Antonio. (TVSpy)

May 17, 2011: John Brown has been named anchor at WOFL's Fox 35 Morning News. He had been anchor and reporter at KTVI in St. Louis. (TVSpy)

May 17, 2011: Lynn Andriani has been named food editor at She had been senior editor at Publishers Weekly. (mb)

May 17, 2011: Sara Gramling has been named vice president, public relations at Magnolia Bakery. She had been consultant at Harrison & Shriftman. (mb)

May 17, 2011: Aaron Gell has been named online managing editor at The New York Observer. He had been executive editor there. (FBNY)

May 17, 2011: Reid Pillifant has been named features editor at The New York Observer. He had been staff writer there. (FBNY)

May 17, 2011: Michael Miller will cover the arts at The New York Observer. He had been writer for the Bookish column at

May 17, 2011: Nitasha Tiku has been named technology reporter at The New York Observer. She had been writer at Daily Intel. (FBNY)

May 17, 2011: Brian Gallagher has been named deputy editor at The New York Observer. He had been managing editor at Gilt Groupe. (FBNY)

May 17, 2011: Carol Smith has been named VP, publisher and chief revenue officer at Harper's Bazaar. She had been SVP and chief brand officer at Elle. (The Daily)

May 17, 2011: Derek Ng has been named regional client relationship manager at Edelman. He had been director of government communications at Burson-Marsteller. (PRNewser)

May 16, 2011: Melissa Zarriello has been named account director at Skyword. She had been senior sales account executive at (release)

May 16, 2011: Mary Noonan has been named senior producer at CNBC's documentary unit. She had been director of talent development at CBS News. (TVNewser)

May 16, 2011: Bennett Roth has been named editor at Bloomberg's Congressional tracking team. He had been K Street beat reporter at Roll Call. (FBDC)

May 16, 2011: Steve Buttry will join the Journal Register Company. He had been community engagement director at (FBDC)

May 16, 2011: Alex Muller will join the copy desk at Roll Call. He had been copy editor, graphic designer and Web producer at The Hill. (FBDC)

May 16, 2011: Lori Leibovich has been named women's editor at Huffington Post. She had been a lifestyle editor and writer. (FBNY)

May 16, 2011: Neil Katz has been named executive news editor at Huffington Post. He had been executive editor at (FBNY)

May 16, 2011: Joe Eyer has been named director of grassroots at The Dewey Square Group. He had been principal there. (PRNewser)

May 16, 2011: Joe Gallagher has been named chief revenue officer at Jun Group. He had been executive vice president, global sales at BBE. (mb)

May 16, 2011: Whitney Friedlander has been named online communications editor at Milken Family Foundation. She had been online producer at Los Angeles Times' "Arts and Entertainment" section. (FBLA)

May 16, 2011: Jeff White has been named senior director of publisher development for the southern region at Centro. He had been corporate director of online advertising at Morris Communications. (mb)

May 16, 2011: Victor Lee has been named president at Medialink's U.S. broadcast services. He had been head of strategic planning at Time Inc. (mb)

May 13, 2011: Daniel Diez has been named North American director of strategic marketing at Interbrand. He had been director of marketing and public relations at Interbrand New York. (mb)

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