Kimbriell Kelly, editor and publisher of the Chicago Reporter, is leaving nonprofit investigative news organization after eight years to join the Washington Post’s investigative team.
“I'm very sad to leave the Chicago Reporter, where I started at the ground floor as a [McCormick Tribune] fellow and worked my way all the way up to the top. So it's a little bittersweet. The Reporter will always be in my heart, and I know it has a very strong and successful future. I’m excited about joining the ranks of the former publishers who've made the magazine great.”
An interim publisher will be appointed next week while a search proceeds for Kelly’s successor. Now in its 40th year under the Community Renewal Society, the Reporter investigates race and poverty issues through its website, blog and bimonthly magazine.
Kelly, 36, who was named one of Today’s Chicago Woman’s 100 Women to Watch for 2012, also hosts Perspectives, the weekly public affairs talk show on Fox-owned WPWR-Channel 50, and co-hosts The Barbershop Show with Richard Steele on Chicago Public Media WBEW-FM (89.5). She said she will relinquish those positions as well.
"This has been one of the hardest decisions I have had to make because of my love and commitment to The Chicago Reporter, however I will never be far away and I hope that you will join me in continuing to support the magazine’s long-term success. We still have the major 40th anniversary celebration in the spring to look ahead to as well as the up-and-coming re-launch of our website. There are a lot of great things happening here at the Reporter, and that won’t change."