RD Recap: Changes at HuffPo; Melissa Block Leaves All Things Considered

The latest media hirings and firings.

Revolving Door

Revolving DoorThe Huffington Post, which gets a big, fancy New York Times Magazine feature this weekend, recruits Karen Mahabir from the Associated Press, where she had been digital products producer. She’ll be managing editor of news, overseeing the assignment desk and helping to organize the growth of the global news units… Nigel M. Smith moves from Indiewire to The Guardian, where he’ll be a Los Angeles-based entertainment writer. He had been managing editor at the film site… Proving how serious it is about hard news, Refinery29 poaches Al Jazeera America reporter and producer Kaelyn Forde to be its executive editor of news… American City Business Journals loses chief content officer Emory Thomas Jr. He’s off to the Puget Sound Business Journal, a publication under the ACBJ’s umbrella, where he’ll be publisher. He worked in the same position at the PSBJ from 2006 to 2011 and was the paper’s editor between 2004 and 2006…

Melissa Block leaves All Things Considered. She won’t say goodbye to NPR, instead serving as a special correspondent at the company. “Great reporting combined with compelling storytelling is vital to NPR’s future,” Mike Oreskes, NPR’s editorial director and senior vp of news, said in a statement. “No one exemplifies that blend better than Melissa. As All Things Considered listeners well know, Melissa has an amazing ability for telling the important stories of our age in a way that engages both the heart and the mind.”… Speaking of transitions, Ali Salama moves over to Bloomberg Pursuits as publisher. She had been group advertising director at Bloomberg… Read More