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LAist Editor Zach Behrens to Move to KCET, Co-Editor Lindsay William-Ross to Take Over
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The U.S. House takeover isn't the only change that's happening these days. Here at LAist, we're mixing up things, too. After almost three years as LAist's Editor, I'm heading over to KCET, L.A.'s public television station that will split from PBS in January, making it the largest independent public television station in the nation. To say the least, this is an opportunity and challenge like no other, and I'm ecstatic to join the team to ramp up their blogging effort to make KCET a destination.
In my place will be LAist's amazing Co-Editor Lindsay William-Ross. I couldn't be happier about this: she is a solid and creative writer who has the knowledge and passion for the city, which will serve you, the readers, well. Not only that, of all the people here, she's been around the longest. Her first post was more than five years ago on February 7th, 2005. Since then, she's written over 4,000 posts.
Taking her place as Co-Editor will be Lisa Brenner. Lisa joined LAist in 2006 and quickly became Music Editor before getting nabbed by the Media News Group for the Daily News' LA.com. Her humorous tone and insights about the city is a great addition to the site.
Of course, LAist would be nothing without its wonderful volunteer staff. They are the heart and soul of this whole thing and are the ones who do this because they want to share their city with all of you. Check them out on our staff page and continue to give them love, "like" their posts (it really means a lot to press that button!), follow them on Twitter and engage with them in the comments section. They are all simply the best!
After sharing the city with you through some 10,000 posts, it's not an easy decision to leave. This job is amazing. After all, where else do you have the freedom to cover the best city in the world the way you want to? My bosses, Gothamist Editor Jen Chung and Publisher Jake Dobkin, deserve huge credit for creating a network of blogs that have gained fans in several cities around the world.
It's been an honor to be a part of that and to serve all of you, and I look forward to the honor of working with KCET's New Media Team, which is under the direction of Mary Mazur, KCET's Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer, and includes Gary Dauphin, Juan Devis and Diego Nuñez.
I'll be around LAist for a couple more days, and after that, feel free to say hi on Twitter and over at KCET. This has been an amazing journey, and to all of LAist's writers and editors, past and present, and to you, the readers, thank you for everything -- you're all an inspiration!