‘Miami New Times’ Editor Steps Down One Month After Cover Subject’s Suicide

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By: E&P Staff

Jim Mullin, editor of the Miami New Times, will leave the alternative weekly next month after spending the last 18 years at the paper.

News of Mullin’s departure, which was reported in Tuesday’s Miami Herald, comes less than a month after former Miami city commission Arthur Teele shot himself to death in the Herald’s lobby the same day a scathing article appeared in the New Times.

On the day of Teele’s suicide, the New Times published a controversial cover story accusing Teele of being involved in drugs, bribery, extortion, and sex with multiple mistresses and male prostitutes. Critics of the paper condemned the story for a possible role in Teele’s suicide.

Mullin told the Miami Herald that while Teele’s death was a factor in his decision, he had been considering leaving the New Times for the past year.

?Of course I was profoundly affected by the Teele tragedy,” Mullin told the Herald. “It had an effect on my thinking, as did deaths in my family. ? [Teele’s suicide] was a very, very sobering experience.?

Mullin told the Herald he plans to take some time off after leaving his post at the end of September.

Chuck Strouse, the current editor of New Times Broward-Palm Beach and a former reporter for the Herald, will take over as editor of the Miami New Times. Tony Ortega, the current managing editor of The Pitch, a New Times paper in Kansas City, will replace Strouse.

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