Adweek Hires New West Editor

Veteran reporter, editor and columnist Al Stewart has joined Adweek as West Coast editor.

Stewart, who brings 20 years of experience in general market and trade journalism to the job, oversees the magazine’s coverage of the advertising industry throughout the Western region, including the Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland, Ore., markets.

“We’re pleased to have a journalist of Al’s caliber join the team,” said Adweek editor Alison Fahey. “He brings a solid background to a key position at the magazine, and will lead our strong reporting crew in the West.”

From 1986-90, Stewart served as home video editor for Billboard. He moved to Variety in the same position and then served as senior editor and chief TV critic for Cable World magazine from 1991-94. He also served for a time as an editor at Fairchild Publications’ HFD magazine.

Most recently, Stewart was a senior editor at Racher Press in New York, where he contributed to two publications, Chain Drug Review and Mass Market Retailers.

Stewart, a Brooklyn native, began his career as a newspaperman, working as a sportswriter and general assignment reporter for the Staten Island Reg ister. He has relocated to Los Angeles to assume his new position.

“This is an excellent opportunity to work for one of the top trade magazines in the world,” Stewart said. “Clearly, the West Coast advertising industry is one of the most dynamic and exciting in the country. I’m looking forward to building Adweek’s already outstanding coverage of the nation’s second-largest market.”