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Katharine Viner Named Guardian EIC (FishbowlNY)
Katharine Viner, most recently the deputy editor of The Guardian and editor-in-chief of Guardian US, has been named the new editor-in-chief of The Guardian. The Guardian Viner will be the first woman to run the newspaper in its 194-year history. She will take up the role in the summer from incumbent Alan Rusbridger, who is to stand down after 20 years. Capital New York In picking Viner, The Scott Trust, which owns Guardian Media Group, adhered to the will of Guardian and Observer staff. On March 5, Viner was announced as the winner of a staff ballot used to take the pulse of employees; Viner, in attracting 53 percent of the 964 votes cast, edged out Emily Bell, Janine Gibson and Wolfgang Blau, the three other would-be editors-in-chief who took part in the nonbinding ballot. Mashable Viner, who grew up in Yorkshire, England, lines up well with the paper’s legacy of activism in the coverage of liberal causes. She led the publication’s expansion into Australia with coverage of immigration and climate change as well as the addition of lighter features like a regular political cartoon. Poynter / MediaWire Rusbridger announced in December he was leaving his post to become chair of The Scott Trust, the sole shareholder of the Guardian Media Group. He will join the Trust next year.

Lisa Colagrossi, Reporter for WABC-TV, Dead at 49 After Suffering Brain Aneurysm on Assignment (New York Daily News)
WABC/Channel 7 reporter Lisa Colagrossi died Friday after suffering a catastrophic brain aneurysm while out on assignment, according to officials at the television station. TVSpy Thursday, Colagrossi was returning from a live report when she noticed something was wrong. A producer flagged down an ambulance that took her to the hospital. The Daily News reported her family was told it was unlikely she would recover. New York Post Colagrossi, whose two sons are 11 and 15, had been with the station since 2001, when she was hired as a freelancer to help cover the 9/11 attacks. Deadline She has served as a substitute anchor on various news programs on the station. Most recently, she has been a reporter for the Eyewitness News programs in the morning and at noon. Before joining WABC-TV, Lisa was a main news anchor for WKMG-TV in Orlando, Fla. She began her journalism career at WKYC-TV in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, and later worked at stations in West Virginia and Alabama. She won several local Emmys and numerous awards from the Florida Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists.

Durst Lawyer: Try Case on Facts, ‘Not on an Effort to Win an Emmy’ (TVNewser)
The Robert Durst TV specials continued into the weekend following Durst’s seeming murder confession in the conclusion of the docu-series The Jinx. Durst’s lawyer Dick DeGuerin gave his first sit-down interview since his client’s arrest to 48 Hours. Variety In the interview, DeGuerin insists that he was eager to get to court and prove that the case against Durst is “weak circumstantial evidence.” He also says he thinks “the case ought to be tried on the facts and not on an effort to win an Emmy,” alluding to the already-mounting award-season buzz for The Jinx. Mediaite Durst was arrested a day before the show’s finale aired and charged with murder in a case that had been a big focus of the series. The one moment that everyone’s been talking about all week is Durst, in the final moments of the series finale, muttering, “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.”