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Richard J. Meislin, technology editor for The New York Times, has been appointed as editor of news surveys and election analysis. His current position will be turned over to Tom Redburn, an assistant business editor. Meislin, 49, has been with The Times as technology editor since 2001. He previously worked as editor in chief of New York Times Digital, the Internet arm of The New York Times Company. He also has worked in other positions at the paper, including senior editor for information, technology and graphics editor, and reporter and foreign correspondent. As editor of news surveys and election analysis, a new post, he will supervise the expanding role of the News Surveys Department. The group does public opinion polling on news issues and works on the newspaper's best-seller lists and football rankings. Redburn, 52, came to The Times in 1993 and has worked as an assistant business editor since 1997. He has been a reporter at The International Herald Tribune and The Los Angeles Times. He will now oversee the reporting and editing of technology news throughout the paper.

Judith A. Burrell, senior vice president of communications for the Newspaper Association of America and publisher of Presstime, is taking over management of the NAA's Diversity Department. She will take over the duties of Toni F. Laws, who will retire as senior vice president for diversity and the NAA Foundation. The NAA Foundation will now be overseen by Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Margaret Vassilikos.

Paul Friedman, executive vice president and managing editor for news coverage at ABC News, is stepping down to pursue teaching and other avenues. He will stay on with the company as a senior news consultant. Friedman has been with ABC News the past 21 years, and his responsibilities include newsgathering at "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings." The show is the No. 2 nightly broadcast network news program, second only to "NEC Night News with Tom Brokaw." Friedman will continue work on special news events, including an upcoming project on health care in the U.S. Friedman, 57, said that his interests have changed, moving to production instead of management. "My new agreement enables me to continue doing what I love at ABC News, with enough time left for other projects and for teaching at the university level," he said. An immediate replacement will not be named. Instead, his duties will be distributed among other top executives at the company.

Jason E. Klein has been named by the Newspaper National Network (NNN) of New York as president and CEO. He will succeed President and General Manager Nicholas Cannistraro Jr., who went into retirement Dec. 31. The company is a for-profit, limited liability partnership between 23 publishing companies and the Newspaper Association of America. The group gives national advertisers the ability to include ads in any newspaper across the country. Klein, 42, is the founder of Healthy Living Media and former president and CEO of Times Mirror Magazines and Time4Media. He also has worked as a vice president for Times Mirror Co., which is now owned by Tribune Co.

Former CNN chief Rick Kaplan will rejoin ABC News for a three-month stint to oversee special events coverage in the wake of the Iraq war. Before being hired to oversee CNN's domestic operations in 1997, Kaplan had been a longtime ABC News producer. According to ABC News President David Westin, Kaplan has "proven his ability at producing and overseeing live television news coverage." Top deputy Paul Friedman announced in mid-February that he would leave management for a part-time role. No announcement has been made as to whether a permanent position at ABC News will be made for Kaplan.

Jane Pauley, co-anchor of "Dateline NBC," will leave NBC in June after working at the network for 27 years. The resignation was announced on NBC's "Today" show, which she had anchored for 13 years before going to the newsmagazine.

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