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Dec 6th 2012

Patch Welcomes Steven Kalin as President and Chief Operating Officer

We are proud to announce that we've added a new Patcher to the team! Steve Kalin will serve in the newly created role of President and Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the day-to-day operations of Patch. He will also manage the edit, sales, and finance and analytics functions.

Steve joins us from Westwood One, where he served as Chief Operating Officer and President of the Metro Traffic division, managing over 3,000 affiliate relationships andmore than 1,000 employees, including a 120 person sales force, over 700 on-air traffic reporters and data specialists and a 65-person news gathering organization.

Steve is the latest addition to Patch's leadership team. In October, Leigh Zarelli Lewis joined Patch as SVP of Strategy and Business Development and Jim Lipuma joined as Head of U.S. Sales.

Patch currently has over 900 sites in 23 states, plus Washington, D.C., with over one thousand professional journalists managing those sites and over 30,000 bloggers contributing content. Find your local Patch by visiting: http://www.patch.com/

Nov 6th 2012

AOL Covers Election Night in a Whole New Way


After 18 months of campaigning, more than $1 billion in spending, and umpteen stories about Ohio, Florida, Iowa, and New Hampshire, election season ends tonight. We think AOL.com will be the best place to follow all the action.

Our experience live blogging the debates taught us a few things. First and foremost, AOL users love live events and the live blog format, wanting up to the second updates. We also learned our audience will use us both as a primary news source and as a second screen with their TV. Finally, we continue to prove (most recently highlighted by our coverage of Hurricane Sandy) that AOL's powerhouse brands, news gathering assets, and technology platform can deliver local, national, and international coverage of breaking news at an unmatched scale and scope.

So, to take advantage of these trends, we're trying something new tonight on the AOL homepage.

Working with our colleagues at HuffPost, Patch, and the rest of AOL, we're putting a live blog directly on the homepage to bring the best of the company in real time to our audience. Working closely with the extraordinary HuffPost news, analysis, and infographics teams, we'll also have real time state by state election results graphics and results. And we'll have on the spot reports from Patches across the company and links to streaming coverage on HuffPost Live.

Visit aol.com after 6pm. We'll be there till it is over (unless of course, there's a recount).

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