NBC News taps Whitaker for senior vp

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NEW YORK -- NBC News announced Tuesday that it had hired former Newsweek editor Mark Whitaker as senior vp.

Whitaker will be second-in-command in the news division and report to NBC News President Steve Capus. He'll take over some of the jobs that had been done by Alex Wallace before she became executive producer of the "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams" earlier this spring. Wallace remains a vp.

Whitaker's job will have him responsible for day-to-day newsgathering as well as editorial specials and developing online content for MSNBC.com. He starts May 21.

Whitaker was vp and editor-in-chief of new ventures at Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, and was editor of Newsweek from 1998 to 2006. He was a reporter, writer and editor for 20 years before that. The Harvard graduate studied at Oxford University's Balliol College.
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