Desiree Rogers to Head Publishing Co.

Desiree Rogers, the ousted White House social secretary, has been hired as CEO of Johnson Publishing, the company said Tuesday. Based out of Chicago, Johnson Publishing produces Ebony and Jet magazines, considered to be premier glossies for culture and news for African Americans. Despite Johnson’s status as the largest African-American publishing house, and recent editorial triumphs such as the last interview with Michael Jackson before his death and timely coverage of President Barack Obama, it has struggled recently due to the pressures facing all traditional media outlets. Rogers will be charged with navigating the brand through the ever-changing media environment. Rogers left her position as White House social secretary after two guests allegedly attended a state dinner without being invited.