March 13, 2014
ESPN has named Chris Fowler lead college football announcer for the upcoming season, and he’ll also continue as host of the network’s Saturday morning pregame show “College GameDay.” Fowler replaces Brent Musberger, who will become lead football announcer for the ESPN-owned SEC Network.
Elsewhere at ESPN, sportswriter Rick Reilly is ending his ESPN.com column on July 1 to focus on his TV duties, which include appearing on “Monday Night Countdown,” “SportsCenter” and “Sunday NFL Countdown.” Reilly joined ESPN in 2008 after 23 years at Sports Illustrated.
Actor Tyler Blackburn is returning to ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” for its fifth season, with his character Caleb Rivers returning to the town of Rosewood. Blackburn most recently starred in the show’s now-canceled spinoff, “Ravenswood.”
Ad agency Pinta has brought in Sarah Garrido, naming her account manager. Garrido was previously marketing manager at Donald J. Pliner, and before that she was at Burson-Marsteller.
Out-of-home advertising company Metromedia Technologies has named Dan J. Parkin director of its signage and branding group, working in its Chicago office. Parkin was previously a senior account manager at Identity Solutions.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune has named Suki Dardarian vice president and senior managing editor, effective April 21. Dardarian is a former managing editor at the Seattle Times, and most recently she helped lead that paper’s audience and digital development.
The New York Times has brought in Vanessa Friedman as fashion director; she’ll also serve as the paper’s chief fashion critic. Friedman was previously fashion editor at The Financial Times.
The Washington Post has named Ryan McCarthy assistant business editor, in charge of the paper’s Wonkblog and its new data/storytelling blog. McCarthy joins from Reuters.com, where he was deputy editor.
Tim Griggs has been named publisher and chief operating officer at The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit news organization. Griggs was most recently executive director of cross-platform monetization at The New York Times.
Technology news site Mashable has named Jonathan Ellis managing editor, in charge of the site’s news editors. Ellis had been senior editor for digital platforms at The New York Times.
Liz Heron has left The Wall Street Journal to join Facebook, in a new position she writes will “work directly on how Facebook partners with journalists and media organizations.” Heron was emerging media editor at The Wall Street Journal.
ESPN Digital & Print Media has made a pair of moves, including promoting Chad Millman to editor in chief for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine, up from deputy editor. The company has also brought in Alison Overholt, naming her editor in chief of espnW. Overholt had been working with content strategies at Hearst Magazines.
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