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Los Angeles magazine editor Rachlis steps down

May 15, 2009 |  6:09 pm

Kit Rachlis was an editor and writing guru at the Los Angeles Times before taking over Los Angeles magazine. He was thought by many media watchers to have significantly improved the monthly magazine, adding stylish storytelling to the service features Los Angeles was known for. Today, Los Angeles' corporate owners announced Rachlis was stepping down. Details from City News Service:

The editor-in-chief of Los Angeles magazine since June 2000 is stepping down, it was announced late today. A release issued by Indianapolis-based parent company Emmis Communications says Kit Rachlis “decided to step down,” and Mary Melton, executive editor of the magazine, has been promoted to editor. During Rachlis’ tenure, the magazine was nominated for a National Magazine Award seven times. The publication made headlines this week for the cover of its latest edition -- which features Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa with the word “Failure” emblazoned across the photo.

Resignation memo at L.A. Observed.