Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Wanted: Somebody who knows journalism. Television experience not required.

THIS JUST IN: Hot on the heels of his decisions regarding Don Imus and Virginia Tech, NBC News president Steve Capus has hired a veteran journalist to act as his Jiminy Cricket... and help get those mass murderer photos on line even quicker.

And, to put it bluntly, if crassly: Al Sharpton & Jesse Jackson should be pleased, as well...
From: Capus, Steve (NBC Universal)
Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2007 1:22 PM
Subject: NBC News announcement

I'm please (sic) to make an exciting new announcement today about the future of NBC News. Veteran journalist Mark Whitaker is joining NBC News later this month in an extremely important role. I'm enclosing the press release announcing Mark's appointment. With this announcement we have, beyond a doubt, the strongest management team in the industry. Congratulations to Mark.

- Steve

Mark Whitaker, former Editor of Newsweek and veteran journalist of nearly three decades, will join NBC News as Senior Vice President. The announcement was made today by NBC News President Steve Capus. Whitaker will join NBC News on May 21, and will report to Capus.

"This is yet another terrific announcement for NBC News and our front office team," said Capus. "Mark's talents as a journalist are unparalleled virtually anywhere in the business. He brings not only a keen sensibility for the news, but also a real expertise in digital and online ventures. He's exactly the type of person I've been looking for to bolster our executive ranks."

Whitaker will serve as the second-in-command within NBC News and have oversight of NBC News' daily editorial and newsgathering efforts worldwide. He will provide continuity between newsgathering operations and individual broadcasts and new media. He will also be responsible for NBC News division-wide editorial specials and will help develop online content for MSNBC.com.

Prior to joining NBC News, Whitaker served as Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of New Ventures at Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive...

Whitaker served as Editor at Newsweek from 1998-2006, and remained as Corporate Editor upon his departure..

Whitaker graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1979 and studied International Relations at Oxford University's Balliol College as a Marshall Scholar. He is married to Alexis Gelber, Newsweek's director of special projects...