Mary Melton, the editor of Los Angeles magazine, will add the title of editorial director for parent Emmis Publishing a year from now on April 1, 2013. Deborah Paul, Emmis' longtime editorial director, will gradually phase out of the job between now and then. Los Angeles magazine just collected 17 nominations for this year's National City and Regional Magazine Awards. (Sister mag Orange Coast added three noms itself.)
As Paul says in the note below, Melton will remain as editor in Los Angeles after ascending to the Emmis job, which up to now has been based in Indianapolis.
After 30 years with Indianapolis Monthly and 23 with Emmis, I plan to scale back my full-time career over the coming year. I've spent a major part of my adult life here, in one capacity or another, and the time seems right for a more flexible schedule.
There's nothing about this business I don't love: our prestigious magazines (in their various platforms), my stellar colleagues, the unparalleled company that is Emmis. But life would not be interesting were it not for change.
That said, beginning April 1, I will work in a part-time, consulting capacity that will find me in and out of the office as necessary. I will retain some responsibilities as editorial director and relinquish others. The best news in all of this is that I will gradually transition my role to Mary Melton, who will take the reins as Emmis Publishing editorial director in April 2013, when my full-time retirement will become effective. As you know, Mary has distinguished herself as editor-in-chief of Los Angeles magazine, a position she will maintain in addition to her new duties. We are fortunate to have such an exceptional leader in Mary, who is ready for continued growth and opportunity.
The publishing division is in excellent condition, and we're proud of the great teams we have in place in all of our markets. Jeff and Greg remain committed to high-quality journalism and continuing the management system currently in place. I'm highly confident that this transitional year will be smooth and successful.
I thank you for your support and cooperation in the coming months.
All the best,
Los Angeles last week hired Nancy Miller from Fast Company to be deputy editor. The internal note from Melton on that hire follows below.