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Scholastic Executive Joins Space.com

Added: (Fri Dec 03 1999)

Pressbox (Press Release) - NEW YORK--Dec. 3, 1999--Space.com's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Mitchell Cannold today announced the appointment of Emily Sachar, former Editorial Director for Scholastic's Classroom Magazine Division, to the company's management team. As Vice President of Content and Executive Editor, Sachar is responsible for all news and science coverage. She will oversee the site's editorial development; lead Space.com's news team; and build entertainment, games and science fiction editorial teams.

"Emily has spearheaded the creation, redesign and editorial direction of several of the most recognized, visited and successful educational news web sites and magazines for kids and teens," said Cannold. "Her extensive Internet development, editorial and managerial experience will secure Space.com's position as the leading space site on the web."

Sachar joins Space.com from Scholastic Inc. where she served as Editorial Director/Classroom Magazine Division for the past three years. While at Scholastic, she led major web development and editorial projects including: editorial development of Scholastic News Zone, a daily Internet news service for kids and teens; execution of the magazine's first web site, Scholastic News Online; leading the launch of a web site for Junior Scholastic, the nation's leading magazine for the middle-school market; and spearheading the editorial redesign of Scholastic News, editions 4 and 5/6. In 1998, Sachar was one of four honorees named by Scholastic's executive vice president for making a difference in the profitability and editorial quality of the classroom magazine group. She also received numerous journalism awards from the Educational Press Association of America, EdPress Association, Parent's Guide to Children's Media, and Parent's Choice.

Prior to joining Scholastic, Sachar was an award-winning reporter and columnist at New York Newsday for 14 years. During her tenure she authored more than 2,500 articles, including hundreds of exclusive front-page stories, as well as general news, features, columns and magazine pieces. She received multiple honors including a Pulitzer Prize for local reporting and numerous awards from the New York State Associated Press Association, New York Press Club, Newswomen's Club of New York, National Awards for Education Reporting, and Educational Press Association of America.

Sachar is the author of Shut Up and Let the Lady Teach: A Teacher's Year in a Public School. The 1991 memoir received a Pulitzer Prize nomination and favorable reviews from hundreds of periodicals.

Sachar has taught eighth-grade math at a Brooklyn, N.Y. middle school and journalism at Columbia University. She received a B.A. in economics from Stanford University and is an M.B.A. candidate at New York University's Stern Graduate School of Business.

About Space.com

Space.com is the definitive space site on the web, offering the richest, most compelling, entertaining and educational content for everyone from astronauts and backyard stargazers to educators and science fiction buffs. Space.com also features the ultimate space news and entertainment web site for kids - spaceKids.com. Space.com is headquartered in New York City with news bureaus in Cape Canaveral, Houston, Pasadena and Washington, D.C.

Space.com's corporate officers include Lou Dobbs, Chairman and CEO; Sally Ride, President; Mitchell Cannold, EVP and COO; John C. Ferrara, CFO; John Phillips, VP of Marketing; Diane Becker, VP/Creative Director; Mark Cutsforth, VP of Technology. Alan Ladwig serves as Assistant to the Chairman and Director of Washington Operations.

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