Makeover in the Top Ranks at Kerry Lauerman Succeeding Joan Walsh as Editor-in-Chief

There was a big makeover in the top ranks at, as editor-in-chief Joan Walsh is stepping aside into an editor-at-large role so she can write a book, with Kerry Lauerman taking the reins at the online community.

Lauerman has been with Salon since 2000, starting off as its Washington bureau chief and eventually becoming the founder of blog network Open Salon. Prior to Salon, he served as investigative editor at Mother Jones, managing editor at Forbes ASAP, and story editor at The New York Times Magazine.

Walsh had been editor-in-chief at since February 2005. her book, Invisible, is “an indictment of the fear-based politics that splits Americans and holds the country back, illustrated by her own Irish Catholic family’s political and economic odyssey,” and it is due to be released by John Wiley and Sons in early 2012.

Salon Media Group CEO Richard Gingras said:

Salon has experienced excellent audience growth over the past year, introducing a redesigned Web site, sharpening its political coverage, but also expanding its lifestyle and cultural coverage. Kerry has been an important part of that effort. I have every confidence Salon’s growth will continue under his leadership. We’re also pleased that Joan will continue as one of Salon’s most eloquent voices and insightful political commentators.

Lauerman added:

It’s a huge honor. I can’t imagine working with a better staff, or with a smarter, more engaged audience.

And Walsh said:

This has been the best job I’ve ever had, and it’s hard to leave it, but I’m lucky to be able to hand the reins to Kerry. Right now, my heart is in reminding Americans that we grow as a country when we pull together, and we fall behind when we fear one another. I’m watching us give up on our great genius for cultural mixing and optimism about the future, at the time we need it most.