Two more refugees from West magazine who took buyouts to leave the Times have landed, both of them at Los Angeles. J.R. Moehringer comes on as writer-at-large. He is the author of the bestselling memoir The Tender Bar and won a Pulitzer in 2000 as an LAT national correspondent. He was one of four Times staff writers assigned to West before the magazine launched: Shawn Hubler and Mark Arax have left the paper, and Lynell George was reassigned. Moehringer lives in Denver. Also joining Los Angeles is Ann Herold, longtime managing editor of the Times magazine; she will do the same job at Los Angeles. Current managing editor Matt Segal gets a promotion. The email from editor Kit Rachlis is after the jump.
I’m delighted to make several announcements.
After nine years as managing editor—of prodding and pushing all of us to get our copy in on time—Matt Segal is being promoted to features editor. As most of you know, in addition to his managing editor duties, Matt has overseen our travel coverage, several Best Of issues, and numerous service packages as well as edited many of our most talked about features (“The Teenager and The Porn Star” and “The Accidental Terrorist,” to name two). This has been a monstrous load, and he has borne it with grace and humor (okay, sometimes black humor). In his new role, he will continue to oversee travel (we’re beginning a bi-monthly column in September) and to edit Dave, Ed, Kari, Mark Lacter, Brian Frazer, and Ed Humes. He will be looking to bring in new writers to the magazine and working with me in creating expanded packages, among other things. When you have chance, drop by his office and congratulate him.
Succeeding Matt as managing editor will be Ann Herold, who for 16 years served as managing editor of The Los Angeles Times Magazine. A graduate of USC, she was the features editor of the Santa Monica Evening Outlook and copy desk chief at The Herald Examiner before she was hired by the Times. A contributing editor to Saveur, she was part of the team that won a 2004 James Beard Award for a package on milk. For years, she has taught in the USC journalism program. In addition, she has written for almost every section of the Times. Matt and Ann will start their new jobs August 1.
I’m also pleased to announce that J.R. Moehringer will be joining the magazine as a writer-at-large. Until recently, J.R. was a national correspondent for the Times, where he won numerous awards, including a Pulitzer for feature writing in 2000 (for a piece about an isolated river town in Alabama). He is the author of the best-selling memoir The Tender Bar.