‘Chicago Reader’ Editor Let Go

By: E&P Staff

Alison True, editor of the alt-weekly Chicago Reader, was let go from the paper Friday.

True had led the newsroom for more than 15 years as editor. She told Crain’s Chicago Business that the decision was unexpected. Her departure was announced during a staff meeting on Friday.

Kiki Yablon, managing editor since 2002, will serve as interim editor, according to the Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rosenthal in  his “Tower Ticker” blog. Yablon has worked in the Reader newsroom for 14 years. Chicago Reader media critic Mike Miner first reported True’s firing, which he described in blog as an “unfathomable act” and “tragic misjudgment.”

The move comes as parent company Creative Loafing continues its evolution under new ownership. After Creative Loafing declared bankruptcy two years ago, Atalaya Capital Management LP, a New York-based private equity company that was the company’s biggest creditor, was legally declared the new owner last August after it nearly doubled a $2.3 million bid from former CEO Ben Eason.

In March, the Reader saw the departure of Publisher James Warren — who joined the paper in November 2009 after having served as co-managing editor of the Chicago Tribune and, before that, its Washington bureau chief.

This story has been changed from an earlier version to clarify that the firing was first reported by Miner and the naming of interim Editor Yablon was reported by Rosenthal.

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