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Poynter reports that Washingtonian Associate Publisher Susan Farkas has become publisher of the magazine, filling a void left by the creation of a new position. In a memo Tuesday, outgoing president and publisher Catherine Merrill Williams told employees she's taking on the title of CEO as Farkas steps into her old job.

Jeff Plungis has resigned from Bloomberg News to become a senior automotive reporter at Consumer Reports, according to Talking Biz News. He will be based in Washington, working on stories about auto safety, the environment, new technology and corporate accountability.

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