The Village Voice announced that Christopher Robbins, currently features editor at Gothamist, will be joining the staff as city editor. Robbins will be responsible for day-to-day oversight of villagevoice.com content — expanding the site’s contributor base and strengthening coverage of city politics and culture — as well as contributing to the weekly paper.
Robbins started as an intern and spent five and a half years at Gothamist, writing well over 4,000 articles and editing several hundred long-form pieces along the way. He was central to Gothamist’s push into original news coverage; overall network traffic almost doubled during his tenure, to 9 million unique visitors monthly. Most recently, Robbins broke the news of the L train’s impending multiyear shutdown and explained Chartbeat to historian Robert Caro. (“When I was a reporter,” Caro told him, “if the engagement time or whatever was two seconds, I’d shoot myself!”)
“Chris is a shoe-leather digital reporter and editor, a rare combination,” said Voice editor-in-chief Will Bourne. “We know he is going to supercharge our editorial operation. We can’t wait for him to roll in here and get started.”
Robbins will report for duty in mid-June.