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Politico has lost Political Reporter Jonathan Martin to The New York Times. Martin has been with Politico since its debut, just 6 short years ago. During his time with the political news outlet, he covered major stories such as the accusation of sexual harassment against then Republican presidential candidate Hermon Cain. The announcement comes as a major acquisition for The Times, where he will serve as National Political Correspondent, a position held by legendary greats such as R. W. Apple. It is unclear how the change will affect Politico as Martin was considered one of its major strengths, but with a plethora of young talent his departure will surely lead to the birth of a new political reporting giant at the paper.
ESPN (http://espn.go.com/ and https://twitter.com/espn) is currently in the process of cutting about 300-400 employees or between 5-10% of its staff. This is the first time since 2009, where 100 staff members were laid off, that the network has made such a massive reduction to its workforce. ESPN stated that they were making changes across the board in order to manage costs effectively and improve continued growth.
In a memo to The Rolling Stone’s Editorial Team Publisher Jann Wenner announced the promotion of his son Gus Wenner to Editor, taking charge of the magazine’s website. The twenty-two year old Brown graduate spent time interning with the magazine during his undergraduate years, and was officially hired just a short time ago. Though many outsiders have responded negatively to the announcement, in a statement to the International Business Times a former Stone’s staffer stated accusations of nepotism towards Gus Wenner may not be well deserved. According to the anonymous source “he’s a good kid who came in with a lot of great ideas, he shadowed [chief digital officer] David Kang at the website for a while, and he was pretty deep in it.” Although his rise may be unconventional, Gus Wenner seems to be the most promising heir to the family owned magazine. For more information -- http://www.ibtimes.com/rolling-stoned-gus-wenner-janns-son-ridiculed-nepotism-twitter-it-deserved-1273599
Baton Rouge's The Advocate is expanding its coverage and content of New Orleans and has added a few top former employees of The Times-Picayune to its staff. New Editor Peter Kovacs (email@example.com) has hired George Russell (firstname.lastname@example.org) as Managing Editor/Investigations, Martha Carr (email@example.com) as the New Orleans Bureau Chief, and Claire Napier-Galafaro (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Andrew Vanacore (email@example.com) as Reporters all covering New Orleans. With Carr in place as Bureau Chief Sara Pagones (firstname.lastname@example.org) is now the Bureau Chief of St. Tammany. Pagones, Carr and Russell were part of The Times-Picayune's staff that won Pulitzer Prizes for their Hurricane Katrina coverage.
Foreign Affairs magazine (http://www.foreignaffairs.com) is growing in numbers on the web with over a million visitors a month. They even have a fun new app titled "Foreign Affairs on TV". This app takes users on a spin behind the government affairs on TV shows that include "Game of Thrones" and "Downton Abbey" after each week's episode.
Los Angeles Times (http://www.latimes.com) Reporter Kenneth Weiss (http://www.twitter.com/KennethWeiss) and Photographer Rick Loomis were recipients of the 2012 Scripps Howard Foundation Award for Environmental Reporting. A $10,000 check and the Edward J Meeman award was presented to Weiss and Loomis for their five-part series on preserving the planet's ecosystem called "Beyond 7 Billion."http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/population/
The Chicago Sun-Times has decided to lay off its entire photography staff, a total of 28 full-time staffers, effective immediately. The paper plans to use freelance photographers and reporters to shoot photos and video as they shift their focus to meeting the demands of online video and multimedia.
CQ Roll Call (http://www.rollcall.com) has bought out five employees in a cost-cutting move at the company. Those that took the buyout include Weekly Editor John Bicknell, Politics Editor Lauren Whittington, Executive News Editor Randy Wynn, Senior Editor Robert Healy and Leadership Editor Melinda Nahmias.
The New York Daily News (http://www.nydailynews.com) staff listing underwent a significant change at the beginning of May. Around 15 employees of the Daily News were let go. This is the largest number of layoffs since November 2011 when Editor-in-Chief Colin Myler took over. The paper is undergoing a reconstruction focusing on making the paper more digital.
UK native Deborah Turness has proven to be a great influence for all women in the broadcasting journalism industry. Nearly a decade ago she first shattered the glass ceiling in the UK, becoming the first Editor of a network television news division when she was appointed Editor of ITV News. Fast forward just a few years, and she is done it yet again, this time in the US. Just a few weeks ago, it was confirmed that beginning in August Turness will be the new NBC News (http://www.nbcnews.com). President. She is the first female to be named president of a network news operation in the US.
Popular HLN Morning Anchor Robin Meade is also a country music singer. She recently sang the National Anthem prior to the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. on Memorial Day weekend. Meade has been involved in NASCAR events in the past as she also performed at Daytona last year. Meade's new album "Count on Me" is out this month.
Digital Editor for The Post-Crescent, Joel Christopher (email@example.com), has been named Digital Editor for Gannett Wisconsin Media. He will continue at The Post-Crescent, in addition, he will be responsible for digital strategy, implementation, training and practices at the following publications: Green Bay Press-Gazette, Wausau Daily Herald, Oshkosh Northwestern, Sheboygan Press, Fond du Lac Reporter, Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter, Stevens Point Journal, Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune and Marshfield News-Herald.
Edible Milwaukee is a new quarterly magazine highlighting local and sustainable food. It centers on the manufacturing, distributing and consumption of food in Milwaukee and the Midwest. Jen Ede is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of this publication. You may follow the magazine on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EdibleMKE or go to http://ediblemilwaukee.com/ for additional information.
U-T San Diego (http://www.utsandiego.com) has announced the closing of daily section, The Californian. U-T San Diego acquired the paper last fall when they purchased parent company, North County Times. The Californian covered news in Temecula and Riverside County.http://www.sacbee.com/2013/05/28/5454624/u-t-san-diego-closes-californian.html
The Pasadena Star-News (http://www.pasadenastarnews.com) and San Bernardino Sun (http://www.sbsun.com) opened news lounges, inviting their communities to come in and relax in the newsroom. The lounges are open during regular business hours and are equipped with computers and access to the internet. http://www.insidethunderdome.com/2013/03/25/pasadena-san-bernardino-papers-open-news-lounges/
California Watch, The Bay Citizen and The Center for Investigative Reporting have all merged and will now publish content under one brand, The Center for Investigative Reporting. http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/213903/cir-rebrands-california-watch-bay-citizen/
The Gazette (http://www.gazette.net) shut down two of its papers (Frederick Gazette and Mount Airy Gazette) and closed its Frederick office due to declining circulation. Eighteen full time employees were let go.
Barbara Walters (https://twitter.com/BarbaraJWalters) of ABC's "The View" (http://beta.abc.go.com/shows/the-view) will be retiring as Co-Host of the show in the summer of 2014. She is one of the original hosts of the show when it first aired. Walters, will remain Executive Producer of that show.
We regret to inform our readers that Middletown Press Managing Editor Ann Dematteo has passed away after her battle with cancer. She spent 34 years as a Reporter for the New Haven Register (http://www.nhregister.com and https://twitter.com/nhregister) before becoming the Managing Editor at the Middletown Press (http://www.middletownpress.com and http://www.middletownpress.com/). The New Haven Register has created a paid internship in her memory to honor Dematteo. Nothing made her happier than mentoring aspiring journalists.
Thomas E. Heslin and Bryan Rourke have left the The Providence Journal (http://www.providencejournal.com/ and https://twitter.com/projo). Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Heslin retired after spending 41 years in journalism with 32 of those years at The Journal. Reporter Bryan Rourke has left to pursue other interests. Rourke spent over 13 years at the Journal.
San Antonio media legend Mary Denman, has died at the age of 90. Denman began her television career at KENS-TV as the Host and Producer of the show “Our Town.” Eight years after joining the station, Denman became the first female to Co-Host a newscast. She also served at radio station WOAI-AM as the Co-Host and Producer of the first all talk radio show “Moring Magazine. Denman also served at radio station KENS-AM and KLUP-AM until 2004. She then continued to work as a freelancer doing voice work.
St. Louis newspapers, The Suburban Journal West and Suburban Journal South, owned by Lee Enterprises, will cease print publication: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/two-suburban-journals-will-end-print-editions/article_d22ed67e-9419-5063-b98d-aef7b9dc6f0e.html
Bill Dallman was named Vice President and News Director at Fox Sports One to launch in August.
Meredith Corporation buys Baby Talk, Parenting and Conceive from Bonnier Corporation: http://adage.com/article/media/parenting-babytalk-magazines-shut-sale-meredith/241468
KBFF-FM in Portland, OR has launched a new morning show called “The Morning Mess,” hosted by Mike Edwards and Tanya Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org). They were previously morning show hosts for WSSX-FM in Charleston, SC. They join KBFF’s current morning host Nikki West from 5:00 to 10:00 a.m. on weekdays. KBFF-FM is an Adult Contemporary station.
The Beaverton Leader (@beavertonleader) has launched as a new weekly newspaper serving the residents of Beaverton, OR. The Oregonian will publish the paper, printing on Wednesdays covering metropolitan and local news, as well as city and county government. Amy Wang (@oramyw) of the Oregonian will serve as Editor.
The people of the Pee Dee region of South Carolina have a new magazine highlighting the region. The List is a monthly publication showcasing people, places and events. It is free and can be found in various locations in Darlington, Hartsville and Florence. The editor is Cathy Elliott. She can be emailed for more information at email@example.com. Or visit the magazine's website at http://www.thelistmagazine.net.
After more than half a century Marcia Kling has retired. Kling spent her entire career with WTVC-TV in Chattanooga in various news positions. She has been Reporter, Anchor, Director of Community Affairs, Show Host and Producer. She has been involved to one degree or another with numerous programs, including "Romper Room School" "Funtime" "Nifty Nine" and "This N That." Kling plans to spend some of her retirement time volunteering in the community.
Long-time VP/General Manager Lee Brantley is retiring from Raycom Media. Brantley has been in the broadcast business for almost 44 years, most recently with WTVM-TV in Columbus, GA. Prior to that he worked at AFLAC Broadcast Group, Auburn University and WCOV-TV in Montgomery, AL. Former WHP-TV General Manager Holly Steuart has been named to replace Brantley when his term ends next month.
Thirty-three year radio veteran Steve Sinicropi has been hired as VP Market Manager for Entercom Greenville. He will be in charge of five stations including: WSPA-FM, WTPT-FM, WROQ-FM, WORD-AM/FM and WFBC-FM. He arrives from the Cox Media Group in Greenville. His resume also includes stops at CBS in Detroit and All Pro Broadcasting in Milwaukee.
Blog & Web Notes:
Science World Report (http://www.scienceworldreport.com/) is the perfect website for science lovers. The site features news on physics, nature, medicine, technology and every scientific topic in between. Contributors include Enviromental and Science Journalist Catherine Griffin (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Freelancer Kathleen Lees (email@example.com).
Buzzfeed (Internet) -- Kate Nocera (https://twitter.com/katenocera) has replaced Rebecca Berg (firstname.lastname@example.org) as Capitol Hill Reporter.
The Future Buzz (https://thefuturebuzz.com/) is a hub for PR & marketing experts, as well as "bloggers, freelance writers, entrepreneurs, artists and small business owners." It was founded by Google Analytics Product Marketing Manager Adam Singer (email@example.com). The site receives between 50,000 - 200,000 unique visitors each month.
Autoblog Green (https://green.autoblog.com) is an AOL blog that provides news reguarding enviromental friendly cars. It was started on Earth Day in 2006 and is associated with Autoblog (http://www.autoblog.com/). It is run by Editor-in-Chief Sebastian Blanco who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parallels (http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/) is a new blog produced by NPR that provides international news stories and relates them to the readers in the USA. Greg Myre is the Producer or this blog. Send news ideas to: email@example.com
ABCNews.com (New York, NY) -- The Blotter Blog (https://twitter.com/ABCNewsBlotter) has hired Lee Ferran (firstname.lastname@example.org) as an Editor.
The Atlantic (Washington, DC) -- Benjamin Schwarz is no longer Literary & National Editor at The Atlantic (https://twitter.com/TheAtlantic).
Buzzfeed (New York, NY) -- The newest Economics & Finance Reporter at Buzzfeed (https://twitter.com/buzzfeed) is Matthew Zeitlin (email@example.com).
CNET (San Francisco, CA) -- Seth Rosenblatt (firstname.lastname@example.org) has been hired by CNET (https://twitter.com/CNET) as a Senior Reporter.
Gizmodo (Internet) -- Technology blog Gizmodo (https://twitter.com/Gizmodo) has hired Adam Clark Estes (https://twitter.com/AdamClarkEstes) as a Senior Reporter. Geoff Manaugh (https://twitter.com/BldgBlog) will become Editor-in-Chief of the blog in September.
Fuse Networks (New York, NY) -- Audrey Gruber is the new Executive Producer at FUSE Networks (https://twitter.com/FuseTV).
The Huffington Post (New York, NY) -- Arin Greenwood (email@example.com) has replaced Michael Grass (https://twitter.com/MGrass) as Editor of The Huffington Post D.C. (https://twitter.com/HuffPostDC). Shahien Nasiripour (https://twitter.com/Nasiripour) is the new Chief Financial and Regulatory Correspondent at The Huffington Post (https://twitter.com/HuffingtonPost).
Kiplinger.com (Washington, DC) -- Editor Rebecca Dolan (firstname.lastname@example.org) has left The Huffington Post for http://Kiplinger.com (https://twitter.com/Kiplinger).
Parents.com (New York, NY) -- The newest Web Editor at Parents Magazine (https://twitter.com/ParentsMagazine) is Ashley Oerman (https://twitter.com/AshleyOerman).
Radar Online (New York, NY) -- Dylan Howard (email@example.com) has been named Senior Executive Editor at Radar Online (https://twitter.com/Radar_Online).
Real Simple (New York, NY) -- Lindsay Hunter (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the new Associate Food Editor at Real Simple Magazine (https://twitter.com/RealSimple).
Slate (New York, NY) -- Jessica Winter (https://twitter.com/WinterJessica) is leaving Time Magazine to become the Business and Technology Editor at Slate (https://twitter.com/Slate).
TidBITS (New York, NY) -- Josh Centers (email@example.com) is the new Managing Editor at TidBITS (https://twitter.com/TidBITS).
You can follow all of the latest media moves and news from PR Newswire's Audience Research Department on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/PRNmedia. Also, check out the "Blog & Web Notes" section after the Briefs in this section.
Fort Lauderdale's South Florida Sun Sentinel (http://www.sun-sentinel.com) won the prestitgious 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its outstanding series "Above the Law: Speeding Cops". The series led to numerous police officers being suspended and one who got fired for his excessive abuse of speed. Investigative Reporter Sally Kestin, Investigative Editor John Dahlburg and Database Editor John Maines were part of an entire team at the Sun Sentinel that worked on this series. You can read the winning series here: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/speeding-cops/
The Denver Post (http://www.denverpost.com) won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News with its coverage of the Aurora Movie Theater mass shooting last year. The Pulitzer cited the Post's use of social media, video and the written word in their winning coverage of the story. You can check out their winning coverage here: http://www.pulitzer.org/works/2013-Breaking-News-Reporting
Minneapolis' Star Tribune (http://www.startribune.com) won two 2013 Pulitzer Prizes for Local News and Ediorial Cartooning. Glenn Howatt, Brad Schrade and Jeremy Olson won the Local News Pulitzer for their work on a series about the rise in infant deaths at Minnesota day-care centers. You can read that series here: http://www.startribune.com/local/150283965.html. And Steve Sack won the Editorial Cartooning award. You can view a bunch of his great political cartoons here: http://www.pulitzer.org/works/2013-Editorial-Cartooning
Columnist Daniel Ruth and Editorial Editor Tim Nickens won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing for the Tampa Bay Times (http://www.tampabay.com). Their op-ed pieces and columns were a campaign that helped reverse a decision to take fluoridation out of the water system in the area. You can check out pieces of their work here: http://www.pulitzer.org/works/2013-Editorial-Writing
The New York Times has made its own crossover as for the first time ever, they have published an article in Spanish. “A Drug War Informer in No Man’s Land" will go down in NYT history.
You can read it in Spanish here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/29/us/mexico-dea-fugitive.html or in English here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/29/us/us-mexico-dea-informant.html?pagewanted=all
Representing The New York Times in the category of Investigative Journalism, David Barstow (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Alejandra Xanic von Bertrab were selected as Pulitzer Prize winners for their year and a half long project which centered on Walmart’s interests in Mexico. The journalists investigated the Multinational Retail Corporation’s use of coercion as a means to gain a competitive advantage in Mexico. Eventually, the exposé led to an investigation by the Justice Department into whether Walmart violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
A series of 10 articles which covered the business practices of Apple and other technology companies, won a group of journalists at The New York Times a Pulitzer Prize in the category of Explanatory Journalism. The series focused on the question of whether or not the United States could be considered a lucrative place for innovators to manufacture new products. Apple’s choice to employ cheaper manufacturers in China, passing over the opportunity to invest in the United States’ turbulent job market, was one example used in the series. The reporters included Keith Bradsher (https://twitter.com/KeithBradsher), David Barboza (email@example.com), Charles Duhigg (firstname.lastname@example.org), David Kocieniewski (email@example.com), Steve Lohr (firstname.lastname@example.org), John Markoff (https://twitter.com/markoff), David Segal, David Streitfeld (https://twitter.com/DavidStreitfeld), Hiroko Tabuchi (https://twitter.com/HirokoTabuchi), and Bill Vlasic (email@example.com).
The Pulitzer Prize in the category of International Reporting was given to David Barboza (https://twitter.com/DavidBarboza2), Shanghai Bureau Chief of The New York Times. Barboza composed a series of articles that focused on the overwhelming wealth which many of China’s top leaders have kept in hiding. According to Barboza, over the span of a year he “pieced together hundreds of names and a web of connections among more than 100 companies found in China’s official financial records.”
Sports Reporter for The New York Times John Branch (https://twitter.com/JohnBranchNYT) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in the category of Feature Writing. Branch composed an article entitled “Snow Fall: the avalanche at Tunnel Creek,” about a fatal avalanche in the Washington Cascades. Branch combined text, online video and graphics to vividly illustrate what took place.
The Pilot newspaper in Southern Pines, N.C. is launching yet another magazine. It already publishes PineStraw and O. Henry. Now it adds Salt magazine to its line-up of cultural publications. As with the other magazines, Jim Dodson will head up Salt as Editor. The free, monthly magazine is scheduled to launch later this month with a distribution of 18,000.
Two Tennessee network affiliates are adding weekend newscasts. Both WRCB-TV in Chattanooga and WVLT-TV in Knoxville are adding weekend, morning newscasts. They will air 7-8a.m. The NBC affiliate in Chattanooga will be anchored by Jonquil Newland while the CBS affiliate in Knoxville will be led by Anchor Allie Spillyards. See http://www.wrcbtv.com and http://www.volunteertv.com for more information.
We are sad to announce to the passing of WPTY-TV Chief Meteorologist Mark Walden. Walden, 38, joined the Memphis ABC station in 1999. Prior to that he was a Meteorologist at WEHT-TV in Evansville, IN. Walden, who was active with several charities including March of Dimes and Memphis Union Mission, leaves behind a wife and two children.
Following up on a Charlotte, N.C. story previously reported on in MediAware, the FCC gave final approval on the sale of WYMT-TV and WJYZ-TV to Fox Television. With the ruling, the stations were free to hire more personnel. Lynda Grahl was chosen as VP of Finance and Jay Abbattista was added as VP of Sales. Both report to the previously hired GM Karen Adams. As a result of this purchase by Fox, another local Charlotte station, WCCB-TV, will switch affiliations from Fox to the CW this summer.
There have been two personnel changes at the Cooking Channel and Food Network. VP of Digital for Emerging Brands Mark Levine (firstname.lastname@example.org) has been promoted to VP of Programming and Multiplatform. And new to the stations is Todd Weiser, who was hired as VP of Programming and Development. He arrives from Animal Planet, where he was previously Director of Development.
After 21 years in print, The Rhinocerous Times is now an endangered species. The publication originally had two editions: Greensboro and Charlotte. It folded the Charlotte edition back in 2008. Now with a growing debt, the Greensboro edition is closing as well. The website will remain but for how long is not known.
Culture Critic Philip Kendicott of The Washington Post won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. In one of the articles submitted for the award Philip examined the use of controversial photographs in the media. You can read the piece here: http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2012-12-27/entertainment/36016736_1_images-subway-track-pleasure
This summer, Univision hopes everyone will be jamming with their music app "Fusion" when its released.
Aereo has been hit with a copyright lawsuit by almost every major network trying to prevent Aereo from creating a free streaming of their content. This is something to keep an eye on, as it can change the way networks will distribute its content if Aereo wins the case.
KNX-AM 1070 (http://www.knx1070.com) is celebrating 45 years of covering breaking news. On April 15, 1968, The CBS-owned station began covering the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr for an extended period of time, essentially launching an all-news format.
KSL-TV, the Salt Lake City NBC affiliate, has announced on its Facebook page as well as its website that it will no longer air episodes of the network series “Hannibal.” This decision was made due to the extensive graphic nature of this show. The time slot will be replaced with a special edition of KSL 5 News at 9 pm. “Hannibal” is a TV show about serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a literary character created by author Thomas Harris and initially made famous by the movie “The Silence of the Lambs.”
KMOV-TV in St.Louis won the 2012 Investigative Reporters and Editors Award. Craig Cheatham and Jim Thomas won in the category of "Ware Zone: The Destruction of an All-American City." Read more at http://www.mediabistro.com/tvspy/kmov-wfaa-win-ire-awards_b86802
KBZK-TV in Bozeman, MT debuted a high definition set designed by Devlin Design Group last week.“It looks great in person and on camera. We’re already getting positive comments from viewers,” KBAK News Director John Sherer said in a statement. “What I like best is the great lighting and how versatile it is, giving us many venues for showcasing stories.”
The set graphics are designed with sweeping mountain ranges backlit with color-changing LED lights, “in keeping with the Montana look and feel,” according to DDG. The set is finished with olive wood.
The San Jose Mercury News (http://www.mercurynews.com) is looking into selling its main headquarters that the publication has called home for more than four decades. Editorial, advertising and the business offices will remain in Silicon Valley, but the printing operations will relocate. http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_23029472/mercury-news-announces-it-plans-sell-headquarters-building
The Hollywood Reporter (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com) and the Fandango network are now in a partnership allowing visitors to the THR.com website and app users to purchase movie tickets. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/online-movie-tickets-hollywood-reporter-441572
Mike Herrera, Long-time New Orleans broadcaster, passed on April 6 at the age of 66. Herrera who for the last five years served as an engineer at WWL-TV previously worked as a staff announcer, Weathercaster and Producer/Director at WVUE-TV for more than four decades.
William Glaberson says farewell to The New York Times. His 25-year career at the newspaper came to a halt on April 26th. He most recently served as Court Reporter, throughout these 25 years he covered Guantanamo Bay and the Crown-Heights trail.
Bret Stephens from The Wall Street Journal is among the many who were awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. He was awarded the prize for commentary. His work on his weekly Global View columns in 2012 paved way to such an accomplishment.
Sportscaster Fred Roggin is the Host of the new KNBC-TV 4 sports commentary show called "Going Roggin". The 30-minute program features interviews with professional athletes and discussions on hot topics in sports. Follow Fred on twitter at https://twitter.com/FredNBCLA.
A.H. Belo Corp, owner of the Riverside Press-Enterprise (http://www.pe.com) has agreed to sell the five-story building that houses the paper for $30 million. Once the sale is final, the paper will relocate to leased office space.
Highly respected Chicago Sun-Times Movie Critic Roger Ebert has passed away. Over the course of his expansive career, Ebert hosted various television programs such as "Sneak Previews", "At the Movies with Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert", "Siskel and Ebert and The Movies", alongside Gene Siskel, and the series "Ebert & Roeper & the Movies". He also produced his most recent show, "Ebert Presents: At the Movies". Ebert was an author of more than 20 books and won a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.
Nils Larsen has stepped down as CEO at the Tribune Company. He managed Tribune local stations, WGN America and WGN Radio. Jonathan Wax has been named Senior Vice President of scripted programming for WGN America. Wax currently serves as Vice President of drama development at Twentieth Century Fox, Inc.
Edible Milwaukee, a new magazine set to launch its May issue, will focus on the production, distribution and consumption of food in the greater Milwaukee area. The magazine reaches out to the local and regional food consumers and buyers who are zealous about food quality. Jen Ede will serve as Publisher and Editor for the quarterly. You may reach her at email@example.com or http://ediblemilwaukee.com.
BLOG & WEB NOTES:
The Alcohol Professor (http://AlcoholProfessor.com) is a new blog about liquor, spirits & ale. It was started by beverage connoisseur Adam Levy (https://twitter.com/AlcoholProfessr) who also founded the New York International Beverage Competitions. The sites main contact is Senior Editor-in-Chief Amanda Schuster (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Journalist Ann Hulbert will be joining The Atlantic (https://twitter.com/TheAtlantic) as the new Books and Culture Editor. She has written for publications such as The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine and Slate and is currently attending Columbia Journalism School under the Spencer Education Fellowship. She will be joining The Atlantic when her fellowship comes to an end in June.
TechCrunch.com (https://twitter.com/TechCrunch) is a blog for technology & Internet news junkies. It was founded by capitalist Entrepreneur Michael Arrington (https://twitter.com/Arrington). The site profiles technology startups (from Silicon Valley as well as the Nation), reviews Internet products and launches tech news.
Buzzfeed (New York, NY) -- Entertainment Reporter Richard Rushfield (https://twitter.com/RichardRushfield) is no longer Bureau Chief of the BuzzFeed LA office. The new News Director for BuzzFeed (https://twitter.com/buzzfeed) will be Lisa Tozzi (https://twitter.com/LisaTozzi). She was Deputy Editor at The New York Times. Jordan Zakarin is the newest Entertainment Reporter to join Buzzfeed. Political Reporter Kate Nocera (https://twitter.com/KateNocera) has joined on as a Capitol Hill Reporter.
ABCNews.com (New York, NY) -- Reporter Abby Phillip (email@example.com) has joined ABCNews.com (https://twitter.com/ABC) as a Digital Reporter.
NBC News (New York, NY) -- Mark Schone joins NBCNews (https://twitter.com/NBCNews) as Editor of the Investigative Unit after parting ways with ABCNews.com.
The Verge (New York, NY) -- Journalist Casey Newton (https://twitter.com/CaseyNewton) is the newest Senior Reporter at The Verge (https://twitter.com/Verge). And Katie Drummond (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the new Science Editor.
Frommers.com (Hoboken, NJ) -- Jason Cochran (https://twitter.com/Bastable) is the new Editor-in-Chief for travel website Frommers.com (https://twitter.com/FrommersTravel).
Gawker (New York, NY) -- Writer Nitasha Tiku (https://twitter.com/NitashaTiku) has been hired at Gawker.com (https://twitter.com/Gawker) as a Senior Reporter.
The Huffington Post (New York, NY) -- Kim Bhasin (Kim.Bhasin@huffingtonpost.com) has started at The Huffington Post Business Section (https://twitter.com/HuffPostBiz) as Senior Reporter. Katelyn Mullen is the new Travel Editor at The Huffington Post (https://twitter.com/HuffingtonPost). Associate Books Editor Madeleine Crum (https://twitter.com/MaddieCrum) and Video Producer Laura Rowley (https://twitter.com/LauraRowleyNY) are no longer there.