Kelley says he looks forward to continuing the Times’ “long history of trusted news and conservative opinion.”
He began his career at The Oklahoman as summer intern in '74. Kelley became a full-time reporter in '75 and served as city and business editor before taking the spot.
The Times editor slot has been vacant since November.
LABENSKYJ JOINS CREDIT.COM
Natalia Labenskyj has joined Credit.com as PR director, working out of the New York office of the San Francisco-based company.
The former director of communications for ABC News handled PR for “This Week with Christiane Amanpour” and “Nightline.”
Labenskyj also promoted ABCNews.com and its mobile operation. Earlier she was a publicist at Newsweek.
Credit.com provides tools, services and educational resources to help consumers make smarter financial decisions.
Labenskyj is to develop corporate messaging, media outreach and partnerships for Credit.com, which was founded by Adam Levin, former consumers affairs director for New Jersey.
ESPN DEBUTS ‘GRANTLAND’
ESPN launched its long-form journalism site, Grantland.com, on June 8, led by sports writer Bill Simmons.
Simmons, whose sports criticism and coverage is laced with pop culture references, has recruited a small stable of writers from print and around the ’Net with plans to expand with blogs and podcasts, as well as a quarterly publication.
During its first week, writer Chuck Klosterman penned a piece on how DVRs dilute sports on TV while Spin’s Andy Greenwald jabbed HBO for recycling character actors.
Simmons, in writing for the site's debut, cited four goals. First, to “find writers we liked and let them do their thing”; second, to find sponsors and integrate them so the site remains free; third, "take advantage of a little extra creative leeway for the right reasons not the wrong ones; and fourth, to hire “young, mostly up-and-comers, all good people with good ideas who aren’t afraid to share them."
ESPN is part of Walt Disney Corp.
BECK TO CHARGE VIEWERS
Glenn Beck will adopt a subscription model for his GBTV Internet operation as he departs from Fox News on June 30.
He plans to launch a two-hour “Glenn Beck” show to run after Labor Day in the 5 p.m. slot that he had on Fox.
GBTV plans to charge $4.95 a month to watch the Glenn Beck program. Full access to the site is to go for $9.95 a month.