A two-memo editor

Alice Short, editor of the daily Calendar and Thursday Weekend Calendar sections at the Los Angeles Times, is moving off the features floor and upstairs to the third floor newsroom. Short, a Herald Examiner alum, is the former editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine. It took two staff memos to announce her upcoming transfer this afternoon: one by her old boss, Associate Editor John Montorio, and the other by her new boss, Assistant Managing Editor Janet Clayton. Both memos follow:

Montorio:

Friends,

After four years editing daily Calendar and two in which she also ran Weekend, our colleague Alice Short has decided she'd like to try her hand on the news side, where she'll oversee a select group of reporters for the California section. Janet Clayton shortly will announce the details. In the meantime, we'll all miss Alice's intelligence, talent, collaborative spirit and generally calming influence. Our loss quite obviously is Metro's gain and, we hope, a source of fresh satisfaction for Alice. I'll be speaking to you all soon about how we'll fill the Calendar and Weekend jobs.

John

Clayton:

To: The Staff From: Janet Clayton, Assistant Managing Editor

I'm happy to announce that Alice Short is coming to the California section as editor in charge of a group of Los Angeles-based general assignment writers who will focus on news, analysis, profiles and features that tell us more about the people and places of the region. Alice has been the daily Calendar editor since 2002, and in 2004 the job was expanded to include supervision of the Weekend Calendar section.

Before coming to Calendar, Alice edited the Los Angeles Times Magazine. Under her tenure, the publication was cited for excellence by the Missouri Lifestyle Journalism Awards.

Alice has held a number of other positions during her 18 years at The Times, including editor of the View (and later, Life & Style) section. She started her work as an editor at The Times in the Valley Edition. Before that, she worked at the Herald-Examiner.

Despite her loyalties to UCLA (BA in history, 1977), Alice spent a year editing a business management magazine published by USC's graduate school of business. Alice lives in Mar Vista with her husband, Steve Vielhaber, and two children. She jokes that she is perhaps best known for her shoes, but we all know better. She's a very welcome addition to the California staff. She starts March 6.


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