RD Recap: Ken Li Joins Newsweek; Guy Vidra Leaves TNR

The latest media hirings and firings.

Revolving Door

Ken Li jumps to Newsweek as managing editor. Li was the founding editor of Re/code and previously worked at a number of familiar publications, including Reuters, The Financial Times and the New York Daily News. “Ken’s background includes a great mix of writing, editing and strong newsroom leadership that are critical for the managing editor role,” Newsweek editor Jim Impoco said in a statement. The managing editor position opened up because Kira Bindrim left the role to join Quartz to head up the site’s new talent lab. “Some of us have had the pleasure of working with Kira in the past, and have learned to appreciate her energy, humor, and astonishing ability to get things done,” Xana Antunes, editor of new initiatives at Quartz, wrote in a memo. Elsewhere at Newsweek, Kevin Dolak is the new national editor, Margarita Noriega moves up to executive editor of digital and Iva Dixit scores a promotion to social media editor…

Guy Vidra is the latest big name to leave The New Republic. The CEO steps down, moving into “advisory role” for the publication. He follows former editor in chief Gabriel Snyder out the door. Vidra’s tenure won’t be remembered fondlyDana Schwartz joins the New York Observer as arts and entertainment writer. She had been a staff writer at Mental Floss and assistant cartoon editor at The New Yorker, which sounds like a fascinating gig and more