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Veteran Tech Journalist Spangler Joins 'MCN’

Todd Spangler joins Multichannel News today as technology editor, succeeding Karen Brown.

“Todd is an outstanding journalist, who is technically smart and very savvy about seeing what the impacts of the tools businesses use are on both the companies and customers who use them,” said Tom Steinert-Threlkeld, editor in chief of Multichannel News. “His own impact will be seen immediately, on how Multichannel approaches coverage of both analog and digital technologies” for delivering video and communication services on cable, on fiber, by satellite and via the Internet.

Spangler, who will be based in New York, comes to Multichannel News from Baseline, where he most recently served as News Editor.

For about two years, he was editor of the magazine’s Community section, where his work won the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award, in back-to-back years.

The Community section looked at technology suppliers and sought direct feedback from the experts about the technology that mattered: Executives at the companies that purchased hardware and software.

Spangler also worked as a senior editor at Interactive Week, another Ziff Davis Media magazine. Steinert-Threlkeld was editor in chief of both Baseline and Interactive Week.

A graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., Spangler has been an editor at Ziff Davis’ PC Magazine, Mecklermedia’s Internet World and, all in New York.

Karen Brown, who served twice as a technology reporter and editor at Multichannel News, accepted a position as director of communications industry intelligence for Denver-based One Touch Intelligence LLC. Her last day as Technology Editor was Sept. 29.

Also, Eric J. Smith has been promoted to deputy managing editor, from assistant managing editor.

Smith has been with Multichannel News for six years and has worked for its parent company Reed Business Information for seven.

“Eric makes sure we not just meet the standards we set, but set higher ones, as we go,’’ Steinert-Threlkeld said.

Smith came to Multichannel News from American Metal Market, where he was a news desk editor.