An Aussie, by way of Beverly Hills. That’s the basic logline for new Santa Monica Mirror editor-in-chief Brenton Garen (pictured).

Garen came to LA around Christmas 2008, initially freelancing for Down Under networks Seven and Nine Network Australia, then joining the Beverly Hills Courier full-time at the beginning of 2010. During his school years, he learned the real-world journalistic ropes by toiling at the Queensland Times and Ipswich Advertiser. From today’s announcement:

In July, www.smmirror.com recorded 65,000 visitors with a total of 180,000 pages on the website. This is a 13 percent increase in traffic since January 2011… Garen helped grow The Courier’s website traffic significantly during his tenure while he also wrote, edited, and designed the weekly print edition.

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