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High-Profile Media Exec Loses Latest Job Crain's NY

An executive known for working primarily in high-profile media positions most of her career has lost her latest gig, reports Crain’s New York Business.

Cathie Black, well-known in media circles as the former chairman of Hearst Magazines and, earlier in her career, as the longtime publisher and president of Gannett's USA Today, has resigned as New York City Schools Chancellor.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made the announcement at a press conference today, April 7, 2011. The move ends Black’s tumultuous tenure as Schools Chancellor after only three months.

Said Bloomberg: “I take full responsibility for the fact that this has not worked out as either of us had hoped or expected. Now it’s time to look forward, not back.”

Black, who spent eight years at USA Today before serving as president and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America from 1991 to 1996 and then moving on to Hearst, had no background in education, and critics said from the start that she was a poor choice for the job.

She stirred controversy in January when she responded to a question about overcrowded schools by suggesting birth control might be the solution.

Black will be replaced by Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott.