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Revolving Door Newsletter: 07.17.12

Yahoo! Fills CEO Spot; NYT Names Public Editor

July 17, 2012
Yahoo! shocks the tech community, poaching Marissa Mayer from Google to be CEO. The 37-year-old executive was one of the top people at the search giant, although her role had been minimized since the return of Larry Page. "She was pretty much voted off the island, even though she was critical to its earliest successes," an anonymous source tells Kara Swisher, who thinks Yahoo!'s choice has Daniel Loeb's fingerprints all over it. Mayer starts today after quitting Google, where she was employee No. 20, yesterday. She is also pregnant, due to have a boy in October with husband Zachary Bogue. There's no word on the future of interim CEO Ross Levinsohn, who many thought was going to get the job, but it almost certainly does not involve Yahoo!...

The cards are starting to fall at Sports Illustrated. Or, rather, the writers are leaving the bullpen. Damon Hack departs for The Golf Channel, where he will serve as an on-air talent as well as a writer. Meanwhile, Gabriele Marcotti who wrote for (as well as many other outlets), moves to ESPN's new soccer center, ESPNFC. Interestingly, both men left for publications that have a television arm. You wonder if others SIers will follow suit. Perhaps the magazine's soccer scribe, Grant Wahl, who wished Hack well and recently appeared on Fox Soccer Channel during the Euro 2012 broadcasts?...

Founder Marc Smirnoff leaves his post as managing editor of The Oxford American along with managing editor Carol Ann Fitzgerald. Publisher Warwick Sabin takes over as interim editor, a few days after locking the staff out of the office due to a personnel investigation. There's more to this story, clearly...The New York Times picks Margaret Sullivan as public editor. She had been editor and vice president of The Buffalo News, where she started in 1980. Sullivan is the first woman to hold the position and will replace Arthur Brisbane -- who offered "a nice blueprint of how not to go about" the position -- in September. In addition to a column in the print paper, she will be on social media, have a blog and a Web page. Excitement overload...

The Los Angeles Daily Journal, which previously canned its copy editors, fires staff photographers Todd Rogers and Robert Levins. The paper will rely upon freelancers and reporters for its image needs. Management did, however, buy a bunch of cameras... And there are changes at AOL, the Washington Post and more...

July 17, 2012: Jason Rzepka has been named SVP of public affairs at MTV. He had been VP of public affairs there. (release)

July 17, 2012: Katie Ussin has been named co-anchor at WDTN-TV in Dayton, Ohio. She had been anchor and reporter at KULR-TV in Billings, Mont. (TVSpy)

July 17, 2012: Marc Cook has been named editor-in-chief at Motorcyclist. He had been editor-in-chief at Kitplanes. (release)

July 17, 2012: Heather Muir has been named beauty director at Fitness. She had been beauty news editor at Allure. (release)

July 17, 2012: Donald Lee has been named senior publicist at WNET-TV in New York. He had been publicist there. (mb)

July 17, 2012: Debbie Falk has been named director of communications at NJTV-TV in New Jersey. She had been communications consultant there. (mb)

July 17, 2012: Natasha Padilla has been named senior publicist at WNET-TV in New York. She had been publicist there. (mb)

July 17, 2012: Lindsey Bernstein has been named junior publicist at WNET-TV in New York. She had been communications coordinator there. (mb)

July 17, 2012: Christopher Wollen has been named executive director of business development at The Barbarian Group. He had been executive vice president at Greg Worldwide. (mb)

July 17, 2012: Jolie Hunt has been named chief marketing and communications officer at AOL. She had been senior vice president, global head of brand and public relations, at Reuters. (FishbowlNY)

July 16, 2012: Justin Kenny has been named foreign editor at PBS Newshour. He had been North America duty news editor at Reuters Television. (release)

July 16, 2012: Marissa Mayer has been named CEO and president at Yahoo! She had been vice president at Google. (MediaJobsDaily)

July 16, 2012: Michael DuPont has been named executive vice president, national ad sales, at TV Guide Network. He had been vice president, national advertising sales, of Oxygen Media at NBCUniversal. (release)

July 16, 2012: Margaret Sullivan has been named public editor at The New York Times. She had been editor and vice president at The Buffalo News. (FishbowlNY)

July 16, 2012: Cate Corcoran has been named managing editor at She had been an associate at WIT Strategy. (mb)

July 16, 2012: Steve Bates has been named freelance writer. He had been reporter and editor at The Washington Post. (mb)

July 16, 2012: Jack Macleod has been named senior vice president and general manager at Meredith Xcelerated Marketing. He had been interim general manager there. (release)

July 15, 2012: Tomoko A. Hosaka has been named news editor at She had been Tokyo-based business and technology reporter at The Associated Press. (mb)

July 13, 2012: Shameka Brown Barbosa has been named creative director at Walton Isaacson NY. She had been associate creative director at Y&R. (mb)

July 13, 2012: Margaret Magnarelli has been named assistant managing editor at Money. She had been senior editor there. (mb)

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