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Ruth Reichl Still Haunted by the Shuttering of Gourmet Magazine

It was five years ago that Condé Nast shuttered Gourmet magazine.

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Former EIC Ruth Reichl, ahead of a Connecticut event appearance, told the Hartford Courant ‘s Maryellen Fillo that the memories of that time remain painful:

“I am devastated for so many reasons. Here was an almost 70-year-old magazine closed on my watch. It felt like a profound failure. I had 60 people who worked for me who lost their jobs and that was terrible. Magazine making is the most collaborative work you can do. I felt like I let all my colleagues down.”

“When I took over they told me, ‘Do anything you want.’ All of us at the magazine started paying attention to more serious issues… The politics of food, what was happening on farms. If you are an eater you should be paying attention to more than just a recipe and does it taste good. The New Yorker, the Smithsonian, lots of other publications are embracing that. The food magazines have reverted into nice, safe recipes. No epicurean magazine would have asked David Foster Wallace to do an article. We kept trying to push the envelope.

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Washington Post Investigations Editor Named Exec Editor For HuffPo’s Investigative Fund

lroberts.jpgYesterday, we reported that New York Times media columnist David Carr had downplayed the investigative work of new media companies like the Huffington Post. But this morning, HuffPo made moves to establish a strong investigative team by naming Lawrence Roberts, chief of investigations at The Washington Post, executive editor of its new non-profit investigative unit.

In his new post as executive editor, Roberts (left) will initially lead the Huffington Post’s Investigative Fund’s coverage of the economic crisis, Arianna Huffington said in a statement.

As investigations editor at the Post since 2004, Roberts lead the paper’s Pulitzer prize-winning coverage of the Abramoff scandal and an investigative series about former Vice President Dick Cheney. The Post‘s articles about farm subsidy misuse, also directed by Roberts, was a finalist for the Pulitzer gold medal.

Roberts joined the Post in 1995 as a founding editor of the paper’s Web site. He then went on to work as an editor for the business section before moving to the investigations unit. He has previously worked for The Hartford Courant and UPI in Madrid.

Earlier: HuffPo Launching Non-Profit Investigative Journalism Venture

The full release after the jump

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