Kelly announces her departure and transition plan at The Chicago Reporter

Last week, Kimbriell Kelly, editor and publisher of The Chicago Reporter, announced her departure from the Reporter to join The Washington Post in November. Today, she laid out her transition plan for the Reporter.

The following is her announcement:

I’m excited to share with you a transition plan to ensure that the good work of the Reporter continues without interruption.

I am happy to announce that former Editor and Publisher Laura Washington will rejoin the Reporter on a temporary basis. Laura is a 17-year veteran of the Reporter. Since her departure in 2002, she has been an ongoing supporter of the Reporter’s work. She is currently a Chicago Sun-Times columnist, political analyst for ABC 7-Chicago and contributing editor for In These Times.

Laura will be leading the Reporter’s search for a new publisher and will be forming a search committee of internal and external stakeholders to make the new hire.

In addition, Managing Editor Rui Kaneya has been named interim editor. He will oversee the day-to-day operations of the publication. Rui came to the Reporter in 1997 as a research assistant and was a recipient of the Robert R. McCormick Tribune Minority Fellowship in Urban Journalism in 1998. His work has been recognized with numerous awards for his reporting and editing. Among the most recent were the Watchdog Award for Excellence in Public Interest Reporting from the Chicago Headline Club, the Society of Professional Journalists’ local chapter, and the Herman Kogan Media Award from The Chicago Bar Association.

Both changes will be effective as of Monday, Nov. 5. I am sad to leave the Reporter, but know that, with Laura and Rui, the publication is in capable hands.



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  • Congratulations, Rui!

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