You might remember we told you on Feb. 14 that Rick Wartzman will be the new editor of a relaunched Times magazine. He's more than a month from taking over, but already the staff has learned of some changes. Instead of the magazine's nice (by LAT standards) suite of offices away from the rest of the paper on the fifth floor, the magazine
will make that may be moving in with the commoners in the style department of the features newsroom on the second floor. Also, deputy business editor Anne Reifenberg, who followed Wartzman's path to the Times from the Wall Street Journal, will take over as the magazine's number two editor. As for Wartzman, after his successor as Business Editor is named (possibly next week), he will take about a month off before starting to plan the magazine's relaunch, expected later in the year. He's at work on a new book for Public Affairs with the working title Obscene in the Extreme: The Burning and Banning of 'Grapes of Wrath', about the vehement reaction in rural Kern County to John Steinbeck's classic novel set among the migrant camps of Depression-era California.
Also: Former LAT Washington bureau reporter Elizabeth Shogren has shown up on National Public Radio, reporting the past week on the environment for "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered." She's not yet on the staff roster.