The Times has made official what L.A. Observed reported a couple of weeks back: deputy business editor Anne Reifenberg will become the number two editor at the Sunday magazine. She came from the Wall Street Journal with new magazine editor-designee Rick Wartzman. The salient part of his memo to the staff today:
Anne's official title is still to be decided (just like most everything else at the magazine, as we work on our redesign in anticipation of a re-launch later this year). This much, though, is certain: Anne is a gifted wordsmith who will bring tremendous skill and experience as a line editor and manager.
As anyone who has worked with her during her time as deputy business editor can attest, Anne has a knack for enlivening both stories and the atmosphere in the newsroom. Her spark and creativity will be invaluable as we retool the magazine in the coming months.
Anne joined The Times in 2003 after spending nearly a decade at the Wall Street Journal in a variety of posts, including Brussels bureau chief and editor of weekly regional editions in the Pacific Northwest and Texas.
Before joining the Journal, Anne worked at the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. While at the Morning News, she was the lead writer on a series about violence against women around the world, which won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. She was named 1992 Reporter of the Year by the Texas Headliners Foundation for, among other things, her pieces on the collapse of the Soviet oil industry and the Persian Gulf War.
Also: I will be on "Which Way, L.A.?" with Warren Olney tonight at 7 p.m. on KCRW to talk about the Times' change in publishers. (It's the first time I will be knowingly podcast.) Former City Editor Bill Boyarsky is also on. Audio here after the fact. This morning, I was on "Airtalk with Larry Mantle" on KPCC, along with USC Annenberg professor Jonathan Taplin. Audio here for that one, once it's posted.