Thursday, January 14, 2010

Mara Shalhoup named Creative Loafing editor in chief

Posted By on Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 4:48 PM

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For more than a year, Creative Loafing has been without an editor in chief. No longer.

Creative Loafing Media CEO Marty Petty today named award-winning writer and and longtime CL staffer Mara Shalhoup as CL's new editor in chief. As the Atlanta paper's head editorial honcho, Shalhoup will lead the print and online publications and guide the voice and coverage of the city's longest-running alt-weekly.

In a company press release sent out today, CL Atlanta Publisher Luann Labedz said, “With Mara’s rich history in the community and deep knowledge of journalism and Atlanta, she is the perfect choice to lead our editorial team. Mara is a standout executive who has been a leader in innovation and is a great example of the paper’s next generation of leaders.”

“Ever since I was a teenager growing up in the ’burbs, I’ve had much respect and admiration for Creative Loafing,” Shalhoup said in the press release. “It’s scrappy and smart and provocative and cool. The paper speaks to people in a way that matters, and I’m thrilled to lead a super-talented staff through some changes that will make Creative Loafing even more essential. I’m also eager to hear from readers and the community about how we can do a better job.”

Prior to joining CL in 2000, Shalhoup was a crime writer at the Macon Telegraph. Such CL investigative pieces as "Learning to hit a lick" and her groundbreaking work on the Black Mafia Family saga have earned Shalhoup numerous state, regional and national awards, including 2007 Journalist of the Year from the Atlanta Press Club. Her book BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family will be released in March by St. Martin's Press. Shalhoup lives in Ormewood Park with her husband and badass dog Jojo.

(Photo by Joeff Davis)

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