Big changes here at Seattle Weekly. As announced yesterday, longtime editor-in-chief Mark D. Fefer has left the paper. As versatile and talented a journalist as can be found, we wish him all the best. In his stead, managing editor Mike Seely has been moved up to the EIC slot. Here's a message from Village Voice Media Executive Associate Editor Andy Van De Voorde about the switch:
Seattle native and University of Washington grad Mike Seely has been named editor-in-chief of VVM's Seattle Weekly. A veteran of the VVM organization, Seely started as a staff writer at the Riverfront Times in St. Louis in July 2002 after freelancing for various publications in Seattle. Four years later, he accepted a transfer to Seattle Weekly. In August 2006, he was named that paper's managing editor, a job he held until yesterday, when he was promoted to take the helm of the publication. As a writer, he has been honored multiple times by the National Association of Black Journalists and various SPJ organizations. He also was once the Southern Illinois correspondent for the Daily Racing Form. Additionally, Seely is the author of the local best-seller Seattle's Best Dive Bars: Drinking and Diving in the Emerald City, the first of the dive-bar book deals that have since spread to other writers and markets within the VVM family. As an editor, Seely has been a leader in the development of Seattle Weekly's rapid expanding network of news, food and music blogs.