Monday, October 22, 2012

Welcome! Longtime Loafers named CL's Editor-in-Chief, News Editor

Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Introducing a familiar face: CL Editor-in-Chief Debbie Michaud
  • Joeff Davis
  • Introducing a familiar face: CL Editor-in-Chief Debbie Michaud

A big round of applause everyone!

We’re happy to announce great news about two long-time Loafers: Debbie Michaud has been named Creative Loafing's new Editor-in-Chief and Thomas Wheatley has been promoted to News Editor.

“I am confident in the leadership Debbie and Thomas have proven in their time here at Creative Loafing,” Publisher Sharry Smith said in a memo announcing the promotions this morning. “The different perspectives they have on Atlanta, in culture and news, and the commitment Debbie and Thomas have given CL reflects what they have in store for the paper.”

Both Michaud and Wheatley have a stellar history here at CL. Michaud joined the team as Events Editor in 2006, and since rose through the ranks to Arts and Culture Editor, Senior Editor, and finally EiC.

News hound Thomas Wheatley, News Editor
“I’m thrilled to be asked to lead such a talented group of young, passionate journalists,” Michaud said. “I love Atlanta. It’s my home, my city, my family. Moving forward, we’re going to do a lot of hard work and have a lot of fun doing it.”

Since joining CL in 2007, Wheatley’s hound-like nose for news has landed him multiple awards and a watchdog reputation for his coverage of transportation, the environment, and urban development.

"I'm terrible at soundbites, so I will say only this: I'm incredibly honored to be named News Editor of CL, which I started reading when I was a wee lad.” Wheatley said. “I've always believed that CL can play a key role in how Atlantans stay informed and become involved in the issues that affect their lives. Any way I can help that process, I'm happy to do so, and I can't wait to help Debbie carry out her plans."

In fact, we're all pretty excited.

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