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Revolving Door Newsletter: 09.20.11

A New Face At Dateline; The Observer Poaches The Daily

September 20, 2011
Lester Holt fills the anchor role at Dateline NBC. He will be a busy man as he keeps the weekend Today and Nightly News gigs as well. Chris Hansen, Hoda Kotb, Josh Mankiewicz, Keith Morrison and Dennis Murphy continue as correspondents. "One of the hardest working men on television, we are so pleased that Lester has added Dateline to his portfolio," Steve Capus, NBC News president, said in a statement. So if you were planning on hanging out with Holt on a weekend in the near future, maybe plan to turn your television on instead...

The New York Observer snags Hunter Walker from The Daily. He's returning from Los Angeles where he served under Richard Johnson... New York recruits Jonathan Chait for The Daily Intel. He'll cover politics... Connie Schultz resigns from the Cleveland Plain Dealer. She is married to U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and cites his political career as her reason for departing...

Tavi Gevinson's new website needs a new managing editor. Launch editor Emily Condon will head back to This American Life but hopes someone will "buy in and take a bit of a (calculated) risk."... TechCrunch: Paul Carr quits with a dramatic post on TC. The blogosphere explodes with rage. RD washes its hands of the entire affair... Reuters' James Pethokoukis leaves for American Enterprise Institute where he'll be an economics blogger... hires Elise Loehnen as editor-in-chief. She had been at Lucky for seven years, last as deputy editor...

Brian Williams may have snagged another big name for his newsmagazine. Ted Koppel is reportedly interested in joining the program as a contributor... CNN grabs Ari Fleischer as a political contributor. "Ari's extraordinary experience in the political arena and in the WH make him an invaluable contributor to the network," according to CNN Washington D.C. bureau chief Sam Feist... Jay Shaylor gets promoted to senior producer for overnight operations at Good Morning America... Cenk Uyger moves to Current TV. He joins Keith Olbermann who also departed MSNBC under acrimonious circumstances... And there are changes at ABC News, Univision News and more...

September 20, 2011: Paul Mason has been named president and chief executive officer at Link TV. He had been senior vice president and the executive-in-charge at Nightline and This Week with George Stephanopoulos. (FishbowlLA)

September 20, 2011: Dylan Scott has been named staff writer at Governing. He had been intern at Las Vegas Sun. (FishbowlDC)

September 20, 2011: Mike Maciag has been named data editor at Governing. He had been online reporter at Erie Times-News. (FishbowlDC)

September 20, 2011: Kathy Gambrell has been named editor at She had been managing editor at CongressDaily. (FishbowlDC)

September 20, 2011: Dave Armon has been named president at Critical Mention. He had been president at PR Newswire. (mb)

September 20, 2011: David Kinchen has been named general assignment reporter at WTXF-TV in Philadelphia. He had been reporter and fill-in anchor at WEYI-TV in Saginaw, Miss. (TVSpy)

September 20, 2011: Sherry Ray Hughes has been named meteorologist and reporter at WTSP-TV in Tampa, Fla. She had been meteorologist and multimedia journalist at WCPO-TV in Cincinnati. (TVSpy)

September 20, 2011: Ari Fleischer has been named political contributor at CNN. He had been press secretary at The White House. (TVNewser)

September 20, 2011: Kristen Andersen has been named director of publicity at ABC Primetime. She had been senior press manager at Bravo. (mb)

September 19, 2011: Lindsey Turrentine has been named editor-in-chief at CNET Reviews. She had been executive editor there. (mb)

September 19, 2011: Cecilia Vega has been named correspondent at ABC News. She had been reporter at KGO-TV in San Francisco. (TVNewser)

September 19, 2011: Jay Shaylor has been named senior producer at Good Morning America. He had been producer there. (TVNewser)

September 19, 2011: Steve Hendry has been named senior executive vice president of television operations at MGM. He had been senior executive vice president of finance at MGM. (release)

September 19, 2011: Stacy Shoemaker Rauen has been named executive editor at Hospitality Design. She had been senior managing editor there. (release)

September 19, 2011: Alia Akkam has been named managing editor at Hospitality Design. She had been managing editor at Beverage Media Group. (release)

September 19, 2011: Abby Livingston has been named politics reporter at Roll Call. She had been producer at CNN. (FishbowlDC)

September 19, 2011: Hunter Walker has been named politics writer at The New York Observer. He had been reporter at The Daily. (release)

September 19, 2011: Maria Martinez-Henao has been named managing editor of Network News at Univision News. She had been national and international assignment editor there. (TVNewser)

September 19, 2011: Jairo Marin has been named executive producer of Aqui y Ahora at Univision News. He had been managing editor there. (TVNewser)

September 19, 2011: Lourdes Torres has been named director of special projects at Univision News. He had been producer of special news projects there. (TVNewser)

September 19, 2011: Tina Daunt has been named contributing editor, politics, at The Hollywood Reporter. She had been political reporter and columnist at Los Angeles Times. (FishbowlLA)

September 19, 2011: Andrew Malcom has been named blogger at He had been Top of the Ticket blogger at Los Angeles Times. (FishbowlLA)

September 19, 2011: Alex Martin has been named deputy managing editor and national editor at Wall Street Journal. He had been deputy editor of Marketplace there. (FishbowlNY)

September 19, 2011: Matt Murray has been named international editor at Wall Street Journal. He had been deputy managing editor and national editor there. (FishbowlNY)

September 19, 2011: Rebecca Blumenstein has been named Page One editor at Wall Street Journal. She will continue as the deputy managing editor there. (FishbowlNY)

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