Gustavo Arellano Named New Editor of OC Weekly

Gustavo Arellano has been named the new editor-in-chief of the OC Weekly, after EIC Ted Kissell announced his resignation today. The paper’s star columnist, of Ask A Mexican fame, Arellano had also been the Weekly‘s managing editor for nearly a year and a half.

Kissell, meanwhile, had been with the paper since 2007. He gave no detailed explanation for his departure in his goodbye memo to staff, other than to say: “Having helped guide the Weekly through [significant] challenges, I now feel that the time is right for me to look for new ones.”

Memo in full after the jump:

Everyone —

I’m announcing my resignation as Editor of OC Weekly, effective Friday, Dec. 2. On that day, Managing Editor Gustavo Arellano will succeed me as Editor.

I joined OC Weekly in 2007 under some pretty strange circumstances, unsure what kind of reception I’d get upon entering the building. To my relief and delight, the paper’s incredible staff was both professional and welcoming–well, except for Coker, who ran screaming to Sacramento, but hey, water under the bridge, right?

In the four and a half years since then, the Weekly has produced some of the best stories in its history–and some of the finest journalism I’ve ever had the pleasure to be associated with. I’m not alone in this assessment: Just ask the folks at the Missouri Lifestyle Journalism Awards, the Best American Crime Reporting anthology, the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, the Maggie Awards, and the Los Angeles and Orange County Press Clubs.

I’m honored to have been a part of such an exemplary band of muckrakers, and I’m even more gratified that we pulled it off during the most challenging economic times our industry has ever faced, and while making an on-the-fly transition to being a daily online publication, as well as a weekly newspaper.

Having helped guide the Weekly through these challenges, I now feel that the time is right for me to look for new ones. In announcing my resignation, I know that I’m leaving the paper in good shape–and in good hands.

Que les vaya bien.

— Ted