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Matt Winkler Steps Down at Bloomberg News (FishbowlNY)
More changes at Bloomberg News, this time involving veteran editor-in-chief Matt Winkler, who is stepping down. Winkler has been editor of Bloomberg News for the past 24 years. Capital New York John Micklethwait, editor-in-chief of The Economist, will succeed Winkler, who co-founded the news service with Michael Bloomberg back in 1990. Micklethwait has edited The Economist since 2006. He will leave the company at the end of January. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The Economist is now searching for a replacement for Micklethwait, who joined the mag in 1987, a process that will very likely take several weeks. NYT On Tuesday, Bloomberg News named Winkler an editor-in-chief emeritus. One executive at Bloomberg, who was not authorized to speak publicly, said the change was a year in the making, but had accelerated since Bloomberg’s return to the company in September. Another Bloomberg executive said it was very much a joint decision based on the need for a cultural change in the news division, and that Bloomberg and Winkler remained close. HuffPost As editor-in-chief emeritus, Winkler will work with Bloomberg “on strategic initiatives, conducting high-profile interviews of global newsmakers and bringing his insights and expertise to the most important and market-moving stories.” Micklethwait will oversee editorial “across all Bloomberg platforms, including its news, newsletters, magazines, opinion, television, radio and digital properties,” according to a release. Bloomberg Media Group CEO Justin Smith, who is overseeing new consumer-facing sites for the company, like Bloomberg Politics, will continue reporting to Michael Bloomberg.

Ebola Fighters Are Time Person of The Year (TVNewser)
Announced Wednesday on the Today show: The Ebola Fighters are the Time Person of The Year. The magazine will have five covers representing hundreds of people who battled Ebola on the frontlines. Dr. Kent Brantly, an Ebola survivor who worked with Samaritan’s Purse to help fight the disease in Africa, is on one of the covers. Time For decades, Ebola haunted rural African villages like some mythic monster that every few years rose to demand a human sacrifice and then returned to its cave. It reached the West only in nightmare form, a Hollywood horror that makes eyes bleed and organs dissolve and doctors despair because they have no cure. But 2014 is the year an outbreak turned into an epidemic, powered by the very progress that has paved roads and raised cities and lifted millions out of poverty. This time it reached crowded slums in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone; it traveled to Nigeria and Mali, to Spain, Germany and the U.S. It struck doctors and nurses in unprecedented numbers, wiping out a public-health infrastructure that was weak in the first place. One August day in Liberia, six pregnant women lost their babies when hospitals couldn’t admit them for complications. Anyone willing to treat Ebola victims ran the risk of becoming one. Which brings us to the hero’s heart.

Janelle Rodriguez to Leave CNN for NBC News (TVNewser)
Janelle Rodriguez, who has been VP of programming at CNN for the last three years, is joining NBC News as SVP of Editorial, reporting to NBC News president Deborah Turness. THR The gig finds Rodriguez leading specialist editorial units across the NBC News portfolio, initially focusing on investigations and medical. Turness, to whom Rodriguez will report, credited her new hire with directing much of CNN’s breaking news coverage during her VP tenure at CNN. Deadline Rodriguez has also been tasked with generating editorial initiatives and driving long-range planning; she will lead the division’s regular editorial planning meetings. In Tuesday’s announcement, Turness said she began the search for someone to assume this position about six months ago. Variety Rodriguez was named to her role at CNN in 2012, after serving as a producer and executive producer there. She will start at NBC News in January.