If you've been following the Trib on social media, you've already seen the bittersweet news: Brandi Grissom, a founding Trib reporter and our intrepid managing editor, is leaving us for California — and more specifically, an enterprise editor job at the Los Angeles Times. The Trib would not be where it is today without her, and we'll miss her dearly.
The good news is, we have just the person to replace her: our phenomenal assistant managing editor, Ayan Mittra. Ayan first came to us from The Dallas Morning News, and has spent the last two and a half years making our copy sing and our reporters even stronger. It's an understatement to say he's earned this promotion.
Corrie MacLaggan, who has told beautiful tales and traveled to far reaches of the state as our demographics reporter, will slide seamlessly into a newly created post: news editor. She’ll also continue to run our phenomenal intern program. Before coming to the Trib, Corrie spent two and a half years as a wire editor for Reuters; she’s a talented editor and so well-suited for the gig.
We'll also be augmenting our editing staff with a to-be-hired assistant editor assigned to the 2-10 p.m. shift. Interested or know someone who is? Check out the job description here.
Corrie's new position means that reporter Alexa Ura, who has done brilliant and beyond-her-years work on the health care beat, will take over the demographics beat, with an emphasis on the intersection of politics, health care and the state’s surging Hispanic population.
Edgar Walters, who holds the distinction of being our longest-serving intern of all time, will stick around through the legislative session to augment Alexa's health care coverage. Can't he just graduate already?
We couldn't be happier to congratulate these great folks on their new responsibilities.