‘Chicago Reader’ Gets New Top Management

By: E&P Staff

The Chicago Reader has some new leadership at the helm.

Alison Draper has been named the Reader’s new publisher. Draper has served as interim publisher since March and is vice president and chief sales officer of parent company Creative Loafing. She will continue in the latter capacity.

Kiki Yablon, the Reader’s managing editor since 2002, has been promoted to editor. Yablon succeeds Alison True, the paper’s longtime editor who was let go on June 25.

Veteran Chicago journalist and Web entrepreneur Geoff Dougherty has been named to the new post of associate publisher.

Before joining Creative Loafing, Draper supervised arts and entertainment category sales for The Dallas Morning News. She joined the Morning News in 2006 as publisher of Quick, its youth-oriented daily tab, which she re-launched as a weekly entertainment section and also launched an events division at the Morning News.

Prior to that, Draper served from 2001 to 2006 as publisher of the Village Voice Media-owned Dallas Observer.

Yablon joined the Reader in 1996, serving as music editor before being promoted to managing editor. Before joining the Reader she edited features at Chicago magazine and the travel section at Outside magazine.

In his newly created role, Dougherty will lead the Reader’s day-to-day business operations. Between 2005 and 2009 he served as CEO and editor of the Chi-Town Daily News, a Web-based, non-profit news site funded with a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and other grant makers. In 2009 he launched the government and politics newspaper Chicago Current.

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