Looks like I'm gonna be writing this column for a while longer. Last week, publisher Jason Joseph named me executive editor of the Tucson Weekly, along with the other publications in the Tucson Local Media family: The Explorer, Marana News, Inside Tucson Business, Foothills News and Desert Times.
I'm happy to say that Explorer staff writer Logan Burtch-Buus will be stepping up as managing editor of the other publications, which means I'll also have enough time to continue writing The Skinny and covering politics—along with other stories that whet my appetite—here in the Baked Apple.
I'm thrilled at the chance to work with the small but talented crew here at Tucson Weekly and hope to make the most of this opportunity. Feel free to send your notes of congratulations, freelance pitches or pictures of your butt to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speaking of our talented crew: I'm proud to say that arts and music editor Brian Smith captured first place among community publications and second place statewide in the Arizona Press Club awards for his profile of local erotica photographer Eric Kroll (June 23, 2016). Judge Staci Sturrock, a former Palm Beach Post reporter, said that Smith's profile was "full of arresting details, colorful language and nuance. A fascinating subject, intricately revealed."
Longtime arts critic Margaret Regan took home first-place honors in both the community and statewide arts criticism categories for her review of a show of erotica at the Museum of Contemporary Art-Tucson ("The Joy of Sex," Aug. 18, 2016), which judge Amy Biancolli, arts writer of The Times Union in Albany, N.Y., said was "authoritative and terrifically written with lively, sexy cheek. She praises the artists for portraying the nude in a manner 'clear-eyed and without apology,' and she does the same."
Theater critic Sherilyn Forrester won second place for arts criticism among community publications for her work, which Biancolli said she enjoyed "for its nuance and balance (a mixed review is, I think, the hardest to write by far) and for its insights into the nature of playwriting. A great read, and an interesting one."
I won a third-place award for science writing among community publications for my look at the UA's OSIRIS-REx space probe, which launched last year on its way to the asteroid Bennu. ("Bennu Blast," Sept. 1, 2016).
Elsewhere in the Tucson Local Media family: Big congrats to Marana News staff writer Brad Allis, who brought home three awards: first place in community sports column writing and second place awards in community sports beat reporting and community sports feature reporting.
— Jim Nintzel