Emmis Publishing today announced that Los Angeles magazine Editor-in-Chief Mary Melton will take on the additional responsibilities of Vice President/Editorial Director of Emmis Publishing.
In her new role, Melton will be responsible for the continuing Emmis Publishing’s legacy of editorial excellence across its portfolio of leading titles, which include Texas Monthly, Los Angeles , Atlanta , Orange Coast, Indianapolis Monthly and Cincinnati. Melton is taking over the role from Deborah Paul, who retired on April 1 after more than 30 years with the company.
Last week, Emmis Publishing picked up three National Magazine Awards, two for Texas Monthly and one for Los Angeles .
“In Mary, we are continuing the tradition of exceptional journalistic leadership of Emmis Publishing,” Greg Loewen, president of Emmis Publishing, said. “Mary has distinguished herself as editor-in-chief of Los Angeles magazine, a position she will maintain in addition to her new duties. We are thrilled she will take on a broader, company-wide role overseeing the editorial content of our award-winning city and regional magazines.”
“City and regional magazines have never played as important a role as they do today,” said Melton. “By serving readers where they live, our monthlies not only offer outstanding journalism, they help people navigate their ever-complicated worlds. Each Emmis title captures a distinct place, and I am honored to help maintain that rich tradition.”
Melton came to Los Angeles magazine as a Senior Editor in 2000, became Executive Editor in 2002, and Editor-in-Chief in 2009. Under her leadership, the magazine has been honored with eight National Magazine Award nominations and three wins. She has also relaunched the magazine’s Web site, LAmag.com. Prior to her position at Los Angeles , Melton was an editor and writer at the Los Angeles Times Magazine. She began her journalism career as an intern at””and later Managing Editor of””the LA Weekly. A fourth-generation Angeleno and a graduate of Hollywood High School, Melton holds a degree in history from UCLA.