Morning Media Newsfeed: 538 Announces Hires | Vargas Leaves Rehab | Tapper Subs for Burnett

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FiveThirtyEight Adds Managing Editor, Others (FishbowlNY)
FiveThirtyEight, the upcoming site to be helmed by Nate Silver, has added to its staff. The big names: Mike Wilson is joining as managing editor and Kate Elazegui is coming aboard as creative director. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media On the writing side: Wall Street Journal “Numbers Guy” Carl Bialik will serve as senior writer for news; the Guardian‘s Harry Enten will serve as senior writer for politics; and Walter Hickey, late of Business Insider, will serve as senior writer for science and lifestyle. TheWrap The new FiveThirtyEight will be focused around five distinct content verticals: Sports, Politics, Economics, Science, and Lifestyle. The verticals will be led by a team of writer/columnists, with additional content from staff writers as well as external contributors. SaintPetersBlog The Tampa Bay Times tends to brag about how often its editors and reporters make their way to and from many of the leading newspapers in the country, such as The New York Times and The Washington Post. But after an interesting announcement on Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Times will have to add ESPN and Nate Silver to the list of poachers of its best talent.

Elizabeth Vargas Leaves Rehab (TVNewser)
ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas is out of rehab and back home. Tuesday afternoon she tweeted, “Hello everyone! I am home, and so grateful for all your support and well wishes. I am so much better and taking it one day at a time.” HuffPost The ABC News 20/20 co-anchor checked herself into rehab early in November. An ABC News spokesman said at the time that the network was extremely supportive of Vargas and would welcome her back to 20/20 upon her return. People The co-anchor of ABC’s 20/20 revealed that she was in treatment on Nov. 6, saying in a statement, “Like so many people, I am dealing with addiction. I realized I was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol. And feel fortunate to have recognized it for the problem it was becoming.”

Baby Burnett Out, Tapper In (FishbowlDC)
Erin Burnett is going on maternity leave, and that means CNN has a big ol’ round hole to fill at her 7 p.m. show. So who is stepping in for hosting duties? None other than D.C.’s very own Jake Tapper. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Tapper, the former ABC News White House correspondent, will stand in for Burnett in the 7 p.m. hour from Dec. 2 to Dec. 20. He will continue to host his 4 p.m. program, The Lead, during that time. CNN daytime host Don Lemon will take Burnett’s slot over the holidays, anchoring from Dec. 23 through Jan. 10.

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NYT Introduces The New York Times Minute, Thrice-Daily Video News Update (Capital New York)
The New York Times is going bite-sized with its growing stable of video coverage. The paper debuted a new video series Tuesday morning called The New York Times Minute, a thrice-daily, one-minute news segment highlighting three top stories of the moment. It will air every weekday on at 6 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. The segments can be updated continuously to accommodate fresh reporting on any of the given stories.

Murdoch Divorce Said to Be Almost Final (NYT)
Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng Murdoch are negotiating the final details of their divorce settlement, a deal that will officially end the 14-year marriage of the media mogul and his third wife, according to people with direct knowledge of the negotiations.

The Evolution of Bloomberg News (Reuters / Felix Salmon)
Monday was a big day for layoffs over at Bloomberg, and Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke has the official memo from editor-in-chief Matt Winkler. In typical Bloomberg style, the defenestrations seem to be taking place in much the same way as they would on Wall Street, with reporters being escorted from the building, never to return. Bloomberg has a formal policy that once you’ve left, even if your departure was not of your own choosing, you can’t come back.

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