Murdoch taps Ravitz head of staff

Follows Joel Klein to News Corp.from New York City Dept. of Education

News Corp. chairman-CEO Rupert Murdoch has hired a new head of staff: Natalie Ravitz, formerly communications director for the New York City Dept. of Education.

“While I am sad to say goodbye, I am very excited to begin this new challenge with one of the most dynamic companies in the world,” Ravitz said. Her last day at the Dept.t of Education will be Feb. 10.

New York City schools chancellor Dennis Walcott announced the departure. Ravitz joined the department in 2010 under then-chancellor Joel Klein, who now works for Murdoch as well.

Murdoch hired Klein, former of the U.S. Justice Dept.’s antitrust unit under Bill Clinton, and appointed him to News Corp.’s board of directors in 2010. He is leading an internal investigation of the phone-hacking scandal in the conglom’s U.K. newspaper biz.

News Corp. announced earlier this week that chief press spokesperson Teri Everett will be leaving Feb. 10. Julie Henderson in Los Angeles has been promoted to the top job.