Chris Lee Returns to the Los Angeles Times

Last year the Los Angeles Times lost Chris Lee to Newsweek/Daily Beast, but they’ve managed to win him back. He’ll return to the paper October 15, where he’ll be a senior writer on film and pop culture, and contribute to the Hero Complex blog. In related news, Gina McIntyre has been made the lead writer and editor for Hero Complex, taking over for Geoff Boucher, who left the paper last month for Entertainment Weekly.

The memo, via LA Observed:

To: The Staff
From: John Corrigan, Assistant Managing Editor

Pop culture aficionados have long sought out the work of Chris Lee. His keen sense of story and gift for words has led to scores of memorable pieces, including Hollywood foodies, Muslim punk rockers and the “club girls” who prowl the Sunset Strip for celebrity gossip.

His takes on celebrities rank among the very best, and the most eclectic. Zack Galifianakis, Gustavo Dudamel, Angelina Jolie, Jerry Lewis, Kanye West … all have gotten the Chris Lee treatment, to the delight of readers. He also chronicled Michael Jackson’s attempted comeback, and shared a Times Editorial Award in 2010 for his role in the breaking news coverage of Jackson’s death.

It was a sad day in 2011 when Chris left The Times to sign on with the Daily Beast and Newsweek. But that time has passed.

I’m thrilled to report that Chris has decided to rejoin us as a senior writer on film and pop culture, reporting to Arts and Entertainment Editor Laurie Ochoa. He’ll also be a key contributor to our Hero Complex blog.

A native Angeleno, Chris has a bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College and a master’s in journalism from Columbia University. Before joining The Times in 2005, he was a staff writer at Premiere magazine. His work has also appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Details and Vibe.

Chris is perhaps best known for seeing things that others might miss, whether it be sex addiction (a Newsweek cover story that triggered national debate) or Nicolas Cage’s ever-changing coiffure. He will rejoin the Calendar team Oct. 15. Please join me in giving him a warm welcome back.