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.