Steve Cavendish Named Editor of Washington City Paper

Nashville Scene's editor returns to DC.

Steve Cavendish, the current news editor of the Nashville Scene, will be the new editor of Washington City Paper starting in June, filling a position left vacant when former editor Mike Madden moved to The Washington Post in March.

This marks a return to DC for Cavendish, who was a news editor at The Washington Post from 1999 to 2002. In the staff announcement, interim publisher Eric Norwood quoted Cavendish as saying he was “excited to return to D.C., a city my wife and I love and have missed.”

Norwood himself took over publishing duties this week following long-time publisher Amy Austin’s announcement Friday that she was stepping down after 30 years as publisher of the alt-weekly. In her letter to staff, Austin cited “leadership changes” following SouthComm’s acquisition of Cygnus Business Media in December as the reason:

As you know, SouthComm acquired Cygnus late last year, and it’s led to some changes, including some leadership changes. After discussion with Southcomm, I will be leaving my job as publisher of Washington City Paper and explore other opportunities.

Nashville-based SouthComm owns both the Nashville Scene and Washington City Paper.