Tuesday, November 09, 2010

USAT | Former publisher Black to lead NYC schools

Talk about out of the pan, and into the fire.

Cathie Black, president and then publisher of USA Today for eight years starting in 1983, has been named the top executive over New York City's mammoth public school system, Mayor Michael Bloomberg just announced, according to this New York Times story.

Black, 66, has most recently been chairwoman of Hearst Magazines, publisher of Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping and other titles.

The school system, the nation's largest, has 1,500 schools and more than one million students.

Black is replacing Joel Klein, the one-time U.S. Justice Department trust buster, who is now joining News Corp., which owns The Wall Street Journal, Fox News and other media properties. In his new role as executive vice president, Klein will advise NWS on investing in educational market digital initiatives, according to this WSJ story.

Under Klein, other leading lights also were drawn to help the school system, including Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy.

Earlier: Black, Vega get 2010 Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media

[Photo: Hearst]


  1. Can anyone imagine David Hunke getting an appointment like this one, with these accolades? It just goes to show you how much USAT has declined in the last decade.

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  3. No offense but who cares. She has been gone for years, hell decades.


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