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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

CultureMap opening in Dallas

In 2009, CultureMap opened its digital doors in Houston and now the site is moving to Dallas in September. It has already expanded to Austin.

Many of the folks behind CultureMap are big names in Houston journalism. The site has reportedly raised a lot of cash and found a TV partner by recently teaming up with KHOU 11. Recently however, the most notable news from CultureMap, in my opinion, was hiring the former publisher of O, The Oprah Magazine.

Here is who will be leading the new DFW effort:

Phyllis Cole - Senior Vice President and General Manager
Most recently Cole served as Vice President of National Sales at Blue Calypso, a patented mobile social marketing and advertising platform. Cole also has served in strategic leadership roles at D Magazine, Children╩╝s Medical Center of Dallas and

Jessica Baldwin - Community and sponsor relations efforts/local strategic marketing initiatives
Baldwin, an expert event marketer who held a similar position at D Magazine, has a talent for executing successful integrated marketing campaigns and generating revenue.

Jennifer Chininis - Editor in Chief
Chininis spent more than 10 years at D Magazine, where she held key positions such as online Editorial Director, Executive Editor of special interest publications and Managing Editor. An expert in digital media, Chininis also helped launch Central Market╩╝s e-commerce site and iPhone app. She was also a key player in rebuilding prior to joining CultureMap.

Teresa Gubbins - Senior Editor
Restaurant reporter and food critic Gubbins has held staff positions at the Dallas Morning News and Pegasus News, as well as freelance roles for D Magazine and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Claire St. Amant - Managing Editor
St. Amant was recently honored by Editor and Publisher as one of the top 25 newspaper journalists under 35. The former Peace Corps volunteer and People Newspapers Assistant Managing Editor has written for the Wall Street Journal, Houston Chronicle and D Magazine.

Rachael Abrams - Associate Editor
Abrams, a culinary school grad, covers the society beat for CultureMap Dallas. The former Huffington Post blogger and an assistant editor at PaperCity also founded YMAP, the Young Jewish Altruist Movement of Dallas.

“Hiring a stellar team in Dallas ensures that CultureMap serves the city with the same creativity and fervor as our teams in Houston and Austin,” Alyce C. Alston, Chairman and CEO of CultureMap, LLC said in a statement. “Dallas is teeming with sophistication and style, but the city needs a clear and discerning voice to make sense of all the noise. CultureMap is that voice and we have the team to deliver it. Our rich content and userfriendly experience, combined with first-rate local intelligence, will revolutionize the way users discover their community.”

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