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Kit Rachlis Goes to The American Prospect

Kit Rachlis is one of those journos who if asked what publications in LA he’s worked for can say, “All of ‘em.”

And he’d be mostly right: LA Weekly, the LA Times and Los Angeles magazine.

Now he’s off to The East as the new editor of The American Prospect.

Congrats on the new gig, Kit. Enjoy those DC summers!

The American Prospect Announces New Editor:

Kit Rachlis, Former Los Angeles Magazine, LA Times, LA Weekly and Village Voice Editor to Lead Progressive Magazine of Policy and Politics

Washington, DC– Miles S. Rapoport, President of The American Prospect magazine (www.prospect.org), today announced that Kit Rachlis will become the magazine’s new Editor.

Rachlis’ career in journalism spans almost 30 years, during which time he has been an editor at The Village Voice, the LA Weekly, the Los Angeles Times and most recently at Los Angeles magazine.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kit Rachlis to The Prospect,” said Rapoport, who is also President of Demos (www.demos.org), The American Prospect’s publishing partner. “He is a superb editor and journalist, and brings the perfect blend of skills and experience to this position.

“Kit has an extensive background as a leader and innovator in thoughtful, exciting magazine, newspaper, and web journalism. The American Prospect, for twenty-one years, has been at the cutting edge of dynamic policy and political writing. I am completely confident that he will lead The Prospect into its next great era of agenda-setting journalism.”

Rachlis, who is currently a Senior Fellow at the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy at the Annenberg School for Communication at USC, began his career as Arts Editor at of the Boston Phoenix, a position he held from 1982-84. He then spent more than four years as Executive Editor of The Village Voice. In 1988, Rachlis became Editor-in-Chief of the LA Weekly, where he led a team of writers and editors to national recognition.

Rachlis served as the Sunday Magazine Senior Editor for the Los Angeles Times, from 1994-96. He then spent four years as Senior Projects Editor at the paper, overseeing high-profile feature articles for the front page, many of which won national awards, including a Pulitzer and a Livingston.

After leaving the Times in 2000, Rachlis spent nine years as Editor-in Chief of Los Angeles and lamag.com. There, he overhauled the magazine’s editorial focus and web presence and positioned the monthly as a premier and award-winning publication. Los Angeles was a finalist for eight National Magazine Awards, the magazine industry’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize.

Prospect Co-editor Robert Kuttner, who founded the magazine in 1990 along with Robert Reich and Paul Starr, said he was “thrilled” at Rachlis’ arrival. “The need for the Prospect’s clear and bold journalism is greater than ever. Kit Rachlis’ commitment, leadership experience, and journalistic excellence are a perfect fit for where we need to go.”

Rachlis begins his new position at The American Prospect on April 18, 2011, after relocating to Washington, DC, from Los Angeles.

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