Jon Barrett has just been hired as Entertainment Weekly‘s new LA bureau chief, managing editor Jess Cagle announced to staff today. Barrett comes over to EW from The Advocate, where he had been editor-in-chief for the past three years. Back in 2009, he also collaborated with Matthew Shepard‘s mother Judy on the book The Meaning of Matthew.

Barrett officially starts his new gig April 4.

Cagle’s memo to staff after the jump:

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