Last year the Los Angeles Times lost Chris Lee to Newsweek/Daily Beast, but they’ve managed to win him back. He’ll return to the paper October 15, where he’ll be a senior writer on film and pop culture, and contribute to the Hero Complex blog. In related news, Gina McIntyre has been made the lead writer and editor for Hero Complex, taking over for Geoff Boucher, who left the paper last month for Entertainment Weekly.
The memo, via LA Observed:
To: The Staff
From: John Corrigan, Assistant Managing Editor
Pop culture aficionados have long sought out the work of Chris Lee. His keen sense of story and gift for words has led to scores of memorable pieces, including Hollywood foodies, Muslim punk rockers and the “club girls” who prowl the Sunset Strip for celebrity gossip.
His takes on celebrities rank among the very best, and the most eclectic. Zack Galifianakis, Gustavo Dudamel, Angelina Jolie, Jerry Lewis, Kanye West … all have gotten the Chris Lee treatment, to the delight of readers. He also chronicled Michael Jackson’s attempted comeback, and shared a Times Editorial Award in 2010 for his role in the breaking news coverage of Jackson’s death.