Ends of Eras
Outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg made his final exit from City Hall this evening, passing through a receiving line of cheering staffers that stretched from the doors of City Hall and down the street, bidding farewell before taking the subway home for the very last time as mayor.
“If I wasn’t happy today, I don’t know what would make you happy. It’s a wonderful time and happy New Year to everyone,” the mayor told Politicker with a wide grin stretched across his face as he made his way through the crowd, shaking hands. The event kicked off with the release of gold balloons spelling out “1″ “0″ and “8″–heralding the exit of the city’s 108th mayor, who was greeted with shouts of “Bravo”, “We love you!” and “Happy New Year!”
off the record
The New York Daily News‘ Scott Cohen, who was tasked with a key piece of the tabloid’s survival as the editor of the paper’s website, is leaving after four years. He’s off to go work at a startup.
Newly appointed BlackBook editor in chief Joshua David Stein is looking forward to writing for an audience that’s a little bit more like him. For the last year, he’s been senior editor at Departures and Black Ink, the glossy magazines distributed to the wealthiest American Express card holders.
“I’m not a billionaire,” Mr. Stein told Off the Record last week. “This job’s not going to make me a billionaire. Or a millionaire for that matter!”
Mr. Stein’s new boss at the arts and culture starter magazine, on the other hand, is definitely a billionaire. Last month, BlackBook Media Corp. was bought by grocery magnate Ron Burkle and his investment partner, Magic Johnson. Mr. Stein didn’t have much to say about the acquisition, except that it means more money and better resources for the magazine, side-by-side with Mr. Burkle’s current holdings, Vibe, Uptown and the reportedly lucrative Access Network media software company.
Michele Moody-Adams, former Dean of Columbia College, sent a letter of resignation last weekend giving a year’s notice–notice that University President Lee Bollinger found unnecessary, ending her tenure immediately. (Ms. Moody-Adams remains at Columbia as a professor.)
Parting Shots, Gifts
Time Out New York editor-in-chief Michael Freidson is leaving the magazine for a job in London. Mr. Freidson told The Obsever this afternoon that he had not been looking for a new job, but when another company approached him he couldn’t turn down the chance to live abroad.
“I’m 34, and I’m married, and I Read More
Rahm Emanuel is officially leaving the White House, President Obama announced today in a press conference that was, at this point, a foregone conclusion. To commemorate the f-bomb-dropping Chief of Staff’s time in Washington, Austan Goolsbee, the new Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, got Rahm a little going-away present. This morning Emanuel held Read More
Newsweek investigative reporter Michael Hosenball is following his colleague Michael Isikoff out the door. Mr. Hosenball is going to Reuters, according to Michael Calderone.
“I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to report in depth for one of the world’s most important and respected media organizations on a subject that’s at the Read More
“There isn’t a single program on ABC News that doesn’t bear the imprint of David Westin,” Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz said to begin a segment on recently retired ABC News president David Westin on his his CNN show yesterday.
Mr. Kurtz asked his panelists if they thought Mr. Westin was pushed or nudged Read More
After more than 13 years leading the division, ABC News president David Westin announced his resignation in a memo to his staff Monday night.
Mr. Westin wrote that he was leaving to pursue other professional opportunities. “I’ve always admired those few who know when it’s time to move on. This is the right time for Read More
Newsweek editorial director Mark Miller, Jon Meacham’s right-hand man, is following Mr. Meacham and international editor Fareed Zakaria out the door, according to Memo Pad. Mr. Miller began as a summer intern at the magazine in 1985 and held a number of titles on the print and digital side over the Read More