Did New Times editor get shredded?
September 7, 2010
The San Luis Obispo alternative weekly newspaper has a new managing editor in Ashley Schwellenbach, though curious minds are trying to figure out what happened to Ed Connolly, who has served in the managing editor position for the last few years.
The managing editor, the second most important position in the newsroom, is responsible for the day to day running of the weekly, reporting to the executive editor.
The receptionist at New Times responded to numerous phone calls by saying that Connolly was on vacation and that he was still managing editor. However, when callers asked for Connolly’s voice mail, they were instead transferred to executive editor Ryan Miller’s phone line.
Two weeks ago, Connolly was listed in the masthead as opinion editor, the first time anyone has held that position at New Times in the paper’s history.
This week, however, both Connolly and the newly-created position are gone from the masthead.
Publisher Bob Rucker said Tuesday morning that Connolly is still the opinion editor for the Santa Maria Sun and the San Luis Obispo New Times. Rucker refused to comment on the reasons for the change in editorial leadership.
Inside sources at New Times told CalCoastNews that Connolly was ousted and that arts editor Schwellenbach is the new managing editor. However, while Schwellenbach appears as the managing editor in the masthead, she is also listed as the arts editor under the arts and entertainment stories she continues to write.
Schwellenbach becomes the fourth New Times managing editor, and the first woman, since the April 2005 death of founder and editor Steve Moss.
First, King Harris, who had worked with Moss, left the paper after a change in ownership. Jim Mullin resigned after publishing a controversial article on the meth problem in San Luis Obispo County.
Ryan Miller returned to his old post at New Times’ sister publication, the Santa Maria Sun, which he edited prior to his stint at the San Luis Obispo weekly. Miller will remain executive editor of both newspapers.