Joy Press has been promoted to the post of books and culture editor at the Los Angeles Times. The former deputy television editor tweeted the news: “So I have a new job! Bye bye TV, hello (again) books.”
Press has worked as a book critic and TV critic for the Village Voice, also serving as culture editor at Salon and the Voice. Here’s more about the appointment, from a memo sent by L.A. Times editor Davan Maharaj and assistant managing editor for features Alice Short:
Her presence will allow us to expand our coverage of publishing and literary culture, with a special emphasis on ramping up our digital content. Joy has been Calendar’s pop culture and deputy television editor for 2 1/2 years. During her tenure, she developed a Sunday TV page and played a major role in growing our successful Show Tracker blog, which doubled its readership and has become a key site for television news and series recaps.
In May, books editor Jon Thurber retired after more than forty years at the newspaper.