I know, judging from the headline and lede it sounds like I'm kidding. But alas and unfortunately, it's true.
CL Publisher Sharry Smith told staffers today that Celeste's last day in the office would be Friday, Oct. 12.
"Eric, thank you for your strong leadership and contributions over the past year," Smith wrote in a staff announcement. "I have thoroughly enjoyed working with you, will miss you, and wish you only the best!"
In addition to editing the paper, Celeste opined on living in an auto-oriented city without an automobile, Atlanta's homelessness issues, that little cable news network headquartered downtown, questioned the AJC's seven-month long expose into school testing irregularities, among other things.
Celeste came to Atlanta last year from Dallas, where he's scribbled for and led various publications over the decades. He was the founding editor of The Met, an arts, culture and entertainment weekly in Dallas. worked as a features editor for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, served as associate editor of the Dallas Observer, editor in chief of Southwest Spirit — Southwest Airlines' in-flight magazine — and managing editor and editorial strategist for Dallas' D Magazine.
He holds the Texas city close to his heart and will be going back to live with his longtime girlfriend and be closer to friends and family.
"This was entirely a personal decision," Celeste says. "I don't have a full-time gig lined up. I think the paper moving forward needs someone committed to the city. Despite the obvious turmoil the paper and industry has undergone, we've managed to assemble such a young and talented staff that does fantastic work every day."
In the staff announcement, Smith says she's interviewing internal candidates and hopes to hire a new editor before Celeste leaves.
Staffers were too busy dancing on desks and could not be bothered to comment. No, we're kidding, we will miss him but wish him the best.
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