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Meet the new editorial team

I have to direct your attention for a moment away from La Familia Flores’ political future (“I don’t close any doors to anything,” Roger said last week of his rumored mayoral aspirations, adding, “It’s a reasonable plan to have.” He was similarly mushy about his mother’s designs on the District 1 seat.) and toward the Current’s masthead. Close readers of the paper may have noticed a lot of name-swapping in the past two months in that small column of page-four text.

On May 18, Staff Writer and Party Lines columnist Michael Cary left the paper to pursue a career in the even-more-brutal food industry. He and his wife plan to open the Banned Books Café on Broadway later this month. Not the sort of place you’ll find Anne Coulter’s latest stinkbomb, but I’ve heard good advance word on Claudia Cary’s enchiladas. Picking up Cary’s keyboard is Josh Baugh, a San Antonio native who baseball fans (Nelson, you out there?) will remember from Alamo Heights High School’s most successful diamond season ever. Nowadays Baugh is known for a different kind of hardball (there’s a certain Texas town with a notorious painting of Eve where he’s persona non grata). He has a master’s degree in journalism, and worked at the Bryan-College Station Eagle and the Denton Record-Chronicle before joining the Current.

Baugh won’t face the endless slate of conventions, commissions, council meetings, and civic scandals alone. Music Editor Gilbert Garcia decamped for Staff-Writer land June 1. (Don’t panic. More on music below.)

Food Editor Susan Pagani is headed to Minnesota with her medical-doctor husband, who is fresh out of a UTHSC residency and apparently woefully ignorant about winter in the Midwest. Long-underwear and ski-mask donations can be sent care of the Current.

Like nature, the paper abhors a vacuum, and we quickly filled it with Associate Editor Keli Dailey, who also (mis)spent her youth in San Antonio (’til age 9). Dailey has a master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley and was most recently attached to the Calaveras Enterprise in California.

You’re probably already inured to Associate Editor Brian Villalobos’s wicked type. Villalobos’s childhood globe-hopping ended with a high-school stint in SA, and he, too, fell within the Alamo City’s gravitational pull after he graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in, you guessed it, journalism. Villalobos took over my iMac when I replaced former editor Lisa Sorg, who left the paper in March to pursue a freelance career. He’s also now editing Music and our new Sports page.

Also relatively new on the masthead is Editorial Designer Chuck Kerr, who stepped in for Julie Barnett when she left to pursue graphic design free from the tyranny of column inches. Kerr is finishing up a music degree at St. Mary’s University when he’s not chained to his Current desk or playing drums in the Chuck Kerr Quartet. You’ll notice his illustration skills throughout the paper as well.

And we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that Calendar Editor Nicole Chavez is now full time, which means the former member of St. Mary’s championship softball team can also help fill our Sports page.

We are sorry to see familiar faces go, but we’re snakes-on-a-plane happy about the new members of our editorial team, and we think that as you see them in action, you will be, too. Because we mean it when we say, “Free speech every Wednesday.”

Contact us early and often:

Arts, Food and general issues: Elaine Wolff, [email protected]

News: Keli Dailey, [email protected]

Music, Media (including film), and Sports: Brian Villalobos, [email protected]

Calendar listings: Nicole Chavez, [email protected]

Letters to the Editor: [email protected]

Staff Writers: Gilbert Garcia, [email protected]
Josh Baugh, [email protected]

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