At a moment when The Times’ digital subscription numbers are at a record high, and our ambitions in that space unlimited, Culture’s Sunday print section remains one of the premiere spaces for feature writing and arts criticism. Every week, working with our photo team, designers and our film, TV, music, art, dance and theater editors, Andrew will harness and package some of the best journalism the department has to offer. Luckily, as he puts it, “I love just about any contemporary cultural genre, gobbling up all the art, TV (prestige and reality), live performance, fiction, poetry, music and movies that I can.”
Andrew comes to us from Books, which he joined in 2019 and where he currently serves as the deputy in charge of news and features. There, he has run coverage of the proposed Penguin Random House purchase of Simon & Schuster, the assault allegations surrounding Philip Roth’s biographer and the controversy over the Dr. Seuss estate’s decision to stop selling six titles containing racial and ethnic stereotypes. He has also edited dozens of author profiles, including those of Sally Rooney, Colson Whitehead, Charles Yu, Glennon Doyle and the Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka. (Also, check out the pieces he wrote this year on Anthony Veasna So and Chang-rae Lee.) In a relatively short time, Andrew has become a beloved editor on that team.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled for Andrew and more bereft for ourselves,” says Pamela Paul, who leads that department and edits the Book Review. “In his not-quite-three years on the Books desk, Andrew made his mark, elevating our news report and ensuring a wide array of voices from around the newsroom and around the world on features and profiles. Editors and reporters loved working with him, both for his unflappable manner and for his palpable excitement when breaking news hit. He was also my most trusted colleague on all things arts; if I wanted to know which exhibit, play or French TV show I should be enjoying (or avoiding), Andrew was the first person I turned to. He is clearly going to the right place and we can’t wait to see what he brings to A&L, though we may still turn to him for his keen eye on book matters (Andrew was the first person on the desk to read this year’s National Book Award winner in fiction.)”
Prior to joining The Times, Andrew (last name pronounced “luh-valley”) was a reporter and editor at The Wall Street Journal for 13 years, based in New York and Hong Kong. His last job there was as Arts Editor, where he led coverage of TV, film, music, books and visual art.
Born in Maine and raised in Alabama, Andrew studied English, ethnic studies and clarinet performance at Oberlin, journalism at Columbia University and was once an artist’s assistant to Yoko Ono. He also plays (somewhat) piano, organ and bassoon.
We’d like to offer a note of great thanks to Scott Heller, our deputy A&L editor who has been running the section as interim editor since early summer. For almost half a year, he and the team have produced issues both beautiful and chock full of captivating stories — ones that introduced readers to the activist artist Hannah Drake and the eccentric digital theater-maker Joshua William Gelb, took them to the mountains of Colorado and across Europe for eye-opening pieces on a rural theater company and the refugee puppet project known as “The Walk,” and helped them say goodbye (for now) to the cynical TV sitcom, among many others.
Andrew will officially join us in early 2022.
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