You may have spotted a change near the top of the Indy's masthead. Or perhaps you've noticed over the past couple of weeks a drastic reduction in the number of grammatical errors and inaccuracies in the paper. (Just kidding, though we were without an editor for a bit there.) In any case, we're pleased to introduce Robert Meyerowitz as the Indy's new editor.
A few weeks ago Robert and his collie Sally saddled up in his Subaru and trekked from St. Louis to Missoula to take over the reins here in the newsroom. He brings with him with an impressive resume. Robert started his career as a music critic at an alt-weekly paper, then went to public radio (where his beat was “weird stuff,” according to the newsroom whiteboard), and eventually became a foreign correspondent for AP radio and NPR, in Central America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. He also wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times, the Toronto Star and the Anchorage Daily News, before becoming the editor of the Anchorage Press. Since leaving the Press in 2007, Meyerowitz edited New Times Broward-Palm Beach, was the Snedden Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and was a senior editor at St. Louis Magazine.
Being new to Missoula, we've had to bring Robert up to speed on a few things—like what the deal is with wolves, medical marijuana, the wacky legislature, and the weather, and where to find the best coffee, veterinarian, haircut, and cheap lunch—but, with a couple weeks under his belt, he's settling in nicely, and he and Sally appear to be happy campers here in the Garden City.
Robert's got some great ideas for how to improve the paper, so be on the lookout for some subtle and not-so-subtle changes. In the meantime, feel free to send any questions, comments, letters, words of warning and party evites to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call him at 543-6609 ext. 107. Also, you can stalk Robert on his public Facebook page, where he's been documenting his Missoula firsts, like spotting a mountain bluebird on Sunday.