'Kate Carraway... You obviously wouldn't know good music if it slapped you in the face. Idiot.'


Ted B. Kissell, world traveler and award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist, is the new editor-in-chief of OC Weekly.

After most recently serving as a senior editor at the Ventura County Star, Kissell is returning to his roots in alternative journalism. Although he's labored at dailies the past few years, Kissell got his start at weeklies, serving as a staff writer at Miami New Times and as associate editor at New Times Broward-Palm Beach. He left New Times in 2003 after receiving a Fulbright Scholarship to work on a research project in Xalapa, Veracruz, concerning the bilingual education of Mexico's indigenous peoples. After completing that project, he moved to LA, where he convinced the Los Angeles Timesto give him a paycheck for running Among Ourselves, its employee publication; in 2006, he headed to Ventura, crappy commute and all.

Kissell will officially start as editor on April 2, the same day that Costa Mesa's own Jose "Joey" Santos takes over as OC Weekly art director. Santos is presently the associate art director at Tu Ciudad in Los Angeles, and has also worked as a designer at the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times community newspaper group. And next Monday, March 26, marks the arrival of new music editor Dave Segal, formerly of Seattle's The Stranger. Segal, a veteran editor who has also written for numerous national magazines, including Alternative Press, will oversee an expansion of the Weekly music section driven by aggressive coverage of local artists.

Finally, staff writer Luke Y. Thompson is officially alive and living (and we assume working) in Santa Ana. Thompson, who joined the paper last week shortly after debunking official government crime stats for the LA Weekly, will cover news, arts and pop-culture.

And, get this: We're not done hiring yet:


OC Weekly is searching for just the right combination of journalistic talent, dogged determination and borderline insanity to fill staff-writer positions. Additionally, we're looking for a freelance writer who is knowledgeable about visual art and can describe it for readers in a way that is understandable, entertaining and above all not like those pretentious fucks who usually write about visual art. Send a cover letter, resume and your five best writing samples for either position to: Ted B. Kissell, OC Weekly, 1666 N. Main St., Ste. 500, Santa Ana, CA 92701.

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