A number of years before Los Angeles Confidential first hit newsstands and upscale hotel room coffee tables in 2002, Spencer Beck had begun what has turned out to be a very successful localized luxury and celeb journalism career.

He started out with Andy Warhol’s Interview, was editor-in-chief of Los Angeles magazine from 1997 to 2000 and has co-authored the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis biography Uncommon Grace. He also once upon a time, with his trusty literary collaborator Jean-Claude Suares, rifled off a series of quickie tomes with titles like Hollywood Kids and Hollywood Doctors. Beginning today, Beck is the editor-in-chief of Los Angeles Confidential.

“I am excited to cover the city that I love as editor-in-chief of Los Angeles Confidential,” Beck said in today’s release. “I look forward to celebrating the city’s preeminence as one of the most intriguing and fascinating places on earth with the esteemed Niche Media team.”

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