As we announced last week, Kimbriell Kelly will be leaving the Reporter to join The Washington Post. But we are excited to share with you a transition plan to ensure that the good work of the Reporter continues without interruption, including plans for the 40th anniversary, website re-launch and the editor search.
We are happy to announce that former Chicago Reporter Publisher Laura Washington will rejoin the Reporter to lead the search for a new publisher. She will serve as interim publisher and work with staff to oversee the work of the publication.
Laura is a 17-year veteran of the Reporter. Since her departure in 2002, she has been an ongoing supporter of the Reporter’s work. She is currently a Chicago Sun-Times columnist, political analyst for ABC 7-Chicago and contributing editor for In These Times.
Washington will be leading the Reporter’s search for a new publisher and will be forming a search committee of internal and external stakeholders to make the new hire.
In addition, Managing Editor Rui Kaneya has been named interim Editor of The Chicago Reporter. He will oversee the day-to-day operations of the publication. Kaneya came to the Reporter in 1997 as a research assistant and was a recipient of the Robert R. McCormick Tribune Minority Fellowship in Urban Journalism in 1998 and specializes in reporting on immigration issues. His work has been recognized with numerous awards for his reporting and editing. Among the most recent were the Watchdog Award for Excellence in Public Interest Reporting from the Chicago Headline Club, the Society of Professional Journalists' local chapter, and the Herman Kogan Media Award from The Chicago Bar Association.
Both changes will be effective as of Monday, Nov. 5.