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Revolving Door Newsletter: 08.19.11

More Churn at Newsweek/Daily Beast; The Times Staffs Up

August 19, 2011
Tina Brown's turnover continues. The latest: Louise Roug and Lee Aitken leave Newsweek/The Daily Beast soon after Randall Lane, Jeff Barish and Andrew Bast walked out the door. In their place, Brown brings in Kyle Pope and Justine Rosenthal. Additionally, Malcolm Jones, Mike Giglio and Zachary Karabell get new beats and/or promotions. The former Vanity Fair editor also lures New York Daily News columnist Michael Daly. The money is there; the question is how long can Newsweek sustain the churn?...

Hugo Lindgren staffs up The New York Times Magazine. Jon Kelly, who Lindgren hired away from Vanity Fair when he was at Bloomberg Businessweek, joins as senior editor for the reworked front-of-book section. Greg Veis, The New Republic import, moves to politics editor. Samantha Henig leaves The New Yorker to head up the NYT Mag's website, which needs to differentiate itself from the rest of the paper's site... 

AdAge loses Edmund Lee to Bloomberg News. Lee joined the publication just 17 months ago after a long freelancing career, a stint at the Village Voice, and three years at WWD... The New York Press closes down after much speculation. It will live on, sort of, as the arts section of Our Town Downtown... Entertainment Weekly grabs Stephan Lee from O: The Oprah Magazine. He'll be an editorial assistant... gets a new editor a few weeks after it got an upgrade. Chris Rovzar of fame joins as digital editor. Michael Hogan left in June for the Huffington Post. Rovzar will report to Vanity Fair's executive director of multimedia projects Jamie Pallot... Salon recruits Jefferson Morley as Washington editor. He spent the last two years writing a book but previously worked at the Washington Post... Soraya Darabi leaves the day-to-day operations of Foodspotting in order to focus on getting more work with ABC...

Capital New York raises $1.7 million to hire more staff. New York Observer politics guru Azi Paybarah and Yahoo's Joe Pompeo come onboard as do Reid Pillifant and Dana Rubinstein. It's NYO-lite up in here... Louis Gray joins Google. The tech blogger will serve as Google+'s evangelist... Steve Doppelt leaves Merkley + Partners for Euro RSCG's New York office. He'll join up on the Dos Equis account... And there are changes at 5W Public Relations, Univision News and more...

August 19, 2011: Samantha Henig has been named online editor at The New York Times Magazine. She had been online news editor at New Yorker. (WWD)

August 19, 2011: Jon Kelly has been named senior editor at The New York Times Magazine. He had been back-of-book editor at Bloomberg Businessweek. (WWD)

August 19, 2011: Jason Barrett has been named deputy editor at CQ Roll Call. He had been legislative researcher there. (mb)

August 19, 2011: Monique Valeris has been named account director at HL Group. She had been associate manager of corporate communications at Hearst Corporation. (mb)

August 19, 2011: Steve Sternberg has been named deputy health rankings editor at U.S. News & World Report. He had been senior health and medicine reporter at USA Today. (mb)

August 19, 2011: Kevin Phillips has been named creative director at VIA Agency. He had been art director at Ogilvy Australia. (mb)

August 18, 2011: Chris Wragge has been named anchor at WCBS-TV in New York. He will continue to anchor on The Early Show. (TVNewser)

August 18, 2011: Jose Cancela has been named general manager and president at KVEA-TV in Los Angeles. He had been the founder of Hispanic USA Inc.. (FishbowlLA)

August 18, 2011: Suzanne Marques has been named entertainment reporter at CBS2-TV and KCAL9-TV in Los Angeles. She had been a regular contributor there. (FishbowlLA)

August 18, 2011: Mark Dante has been named executive vice president of station group sales at Univision Television Group. He had been senior vice president at Univision Client Development Group. (release)

August 18, 2011: Justine Rosenthal has been named senior editor at The Newsweek Daily Beast Company. She had been editor at National Interest. (Adweek)

August 18, 2011: Kyle Pope has been named editor-at-large at The Newsweek Daily Beast Company. He had been contributing editor at Vanity Fair. (FishbowlNY)

August 18, 2011: Sarah Wuennemann has been named account coordinator at Jun Group. She had been associate research analyst at Dynamic Logic. (mb)

August 18, 2011: Amy Vecsi has been named sales director at Jun Group. She had been account executive at Medialets. (mb)

August 18, 2011: Amanda Grasham has been named sales director at Jun Group. She had been director of Midwest sales at Specific Media. (mb)

August 18, 2011: Edmund Lee has been named media reporter at Bloomberg News. He had been digital media reporter at AdAge. (FishbowlNY)

August 18, 2011: Chris Phipps has been named VP of sales at Galactic Ltd. He had been VP of business development at Fusion Performance Marketing. (mb)

August 18, 2011: Shiba Russell has been named anchor at WNBC-TV in New York. She had been weekend co-anchor there. (FishbowlNY)

August 18, 2011: Chance Patterson has been named senior VP of corporate affairs and communications at Harpo Studios. He had been VP of international communications at Discovery Communications. (Variety)

August 18, 2011: Chris Rovzar has been named online editor at Vanity Fair. He had been editor and lead writer at Daily Intel. (release)

August 18, 2011: Stephan Lee has been named editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly. He had been a writer at Oprah Magazine. (mb)

August 17, 2011: Elizabeth Engelhardt has been named account supervisor of health and beauty at 5W Public Relations. She had been manager at Aimee Majoros Public Relations. (mb)

August 17, 2011: Carlos Villalon has been named foreign correspondent at Univision News. He had been photographer at Redux Pictures. (release)

August 17, 2011: Karl Penhaul has been named special foreign correspondent at Univision News. He had been international correspondent at CNN. (release)

August 17, 2011: Sara Randazzo has been named staff writer at The American Lawyer. She had been law firm business reporter at The Daily Journal. (mb)

August 17, 2011: Nick Van Sicklen has been named digital sales director at Food & Wine. He had been vice president of sales and business development at Snooth Media. (release)

August 17, 2011: Kasie Hunt has been named lead political reporter at The Associated Press. She had been congressional reporter at Politico. (FishbowlDC)

August 17, 2011: Nicholas Ballasy has been named Capitol Hill and political correspondent at The Daily Caller. He had been video journalist at CNS News. (FishbowlDC)

August 17, 2011: John Paterson has been named director of advertising sales at He had been executive director of integrated sales at Billboard. (mb)

August 16, 2011: Fred Chong Rutherford has been named technical project manager at NBC Universal. He had been director of digital media development at The Topps Co., Inc. (mb)

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