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Kelly Scott: Arts and Culture Editor -- Entertainment Department

December 14, 2009 |  3:06 pm

Here's the note to the staff from Sallie Hofmeister, assistant managing editor, arts and entertainment; and Craig Turner, arts and entertainment editor

Kelly Scott, whose varied experience as an editor at The Times has included running the Sunday Calendar section, editing cover stories for the Los Angeles Times Magazine and supervising reporters on the trail during the 2008 presidential campaign, now takes on the task of expanding our already formidable coverage of arts and culture.

Effective immediately, Kelly succeeds Lisa Fung as arts and culture editor and reports to Craig Turner. Kelly has been acting in that capacity since Lisa was elevated to entertainment editor for the website. Along with deputy editor Sherry Stern, Kelly has supervised our coverage and criticism of museums, fine arts, theater, architecture, dance, opera and classical music and shepherded the popular Culture Monster blog.

Lisa and her staff of writers, bloggers and critics made The Times the region’s authoritative voice on cultural issues, and Kelly will now build on that legacy. She takes over at an especially propitious time, as Los Angeles matures as a cultural capital, prepares for the citywide Ring Festival and becomes the focus of international attention for the musical exploits of Gustavo Dudamel. This is a great opportunity for us to expand readership and enhance our coverage.

Since joining The Times in 1990, Kelly has worked in a variety of editing positions in entertainment, news and features. She previously served as movie editor and Sunday editor in Calendar, as editor of the Home section and as executive editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine. From 2006 until early this year she was an assistant national editor, working with national correspondents and the Washington bureau and on the 2008 presidential campaign.

Kelly is a graduate of the University of Kansas. Her first job was at the St. Petersburg Times, where she worked as a metro reporter, feature writer, film and pop music critic and assistant features editor. She also freelanced for Time magazine and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and from 1987 to 1990 was an entertainment editor at Newsday.

Kelly lives in South Pasadena with her two children, aged 13 and 15, and two incorrigible dogs.