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Mary Berner made yet another high-level change at Reader's Digest Association, poaching Peggy Northrop, editor in chief of More since 2004, to help revamp the aging flagship title.

FLYING SOLO: While the ongoing writers' strike forced most Americans to suffer through reruns of "Late Night With Conan O'Brien," the audience at Town Hall on Wednesday was privy to the comedian's fresh material. The late-night TV personality played host at "Stand Up for Heroes," a benefit for the Bob Woodruff family fund, presented by the New York Comedy Festival. Though much of the evening was dedicated to members of the armed forces, O'Brien couldn't ignore the current situation with the Writers Guild of America. "I got nothin'" the comedian said to the crowd, which included a slew of media execs, including Jeff Zucker, Bob Iger and Les Moonves, "I am your host for the evening and my writers are on strike." Still, O'Brien treated the crowd to a few zingers ("I'm the comedian that has to follow 'Taps,'" he quipped). In addition to the talk show host, Bruce Springsteen and Robin Williams performed at the benefit. — Amanda FitzSimons

TAG TEAM: Early as it may have been, a perfectly coiffed Uma Thurman seemed pleased to emcee Tag Heuer and Glamour magazine's first What Are You Made Of? Awards breakfast last week. Thurman, who is a brand ambassador for Heuer and appears in the company's ads, joined Heuer North America president Ulrich Wohn, Glamour editor in chief Cindi Leive and Glamour vice president and publisher Bill Wackerman and others at Condé Nast Publications Inc.'s New York headquarters at 4 Times Square to laud three women who have positively impacted their communities.

Sarah Sheehan received an honor for starting Karly's Angels, a not-for-profit network of resources for single parents; Alison Terry, a world-class swimmer who works to help children and the disabled by providing swim lessons, and Faith Model, who launched NGO Lalob Livelihoods Programme, which helps bring social and economic empowerment to women in the Sudan. Thurman presented each winner with an engraved diamond-studded Tag Heuer Carrera Chronograph watch. — Sophia Chabbott
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