Today Pittsburgh City Paper announced the appointment of its new editor, Charlie Deitch, effective Sept. 16.
"City Paper has been my home for most of the past 10 years, and I am honored to take over as editor," Deitch said. "We have a top-flight staff, and I look forward to working with each member of it. I plan to continue the paper's tradition of finding and telling the stories that no one else will, and providing our readers with the high-level news, arts, music and food coverage that they have come to expect."
Deitch has served as City Paper's news editor since February 2007. In that time, he has written and overseen award-winning coverage of a number of critical stories, including the 2009 G-20 summit, police-community relations, the expansion of gambling in Pennsylvania, and the rise of for-profit education. His City Paper coverage has received widespread recognition, including two Ray Sprigle Memorial Awards, which were issued by the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania to honor the region's best non-daily newspaper journalism.
Prior to working at City Paper, Deitch served as an editor and reporter at number of other publications, including magazines and papers in Ohio, Illinois, and Louisiana. His work there was also recognized by state press associations; and a 2000 story about the indefinite incarceration of legal immigrants who'd been convicted of a crime resulted in the release of Thong Soupvanthavong, an immigrant from Laos who'd been housed in a Pennsylvania county jail.
Deitch replaces outgoing editor Chris Potter, who is stepping down after 10 years. "For the better part of a decade, Charlie has been trusted colleague, not to mention a valued source of wardrobe advice," said Potter. "He's distinguished himself through the quality of his coverage, and the friendship of his coworkers. I leave here confident that the paper is poised for great things under his leadership."
City Paper, which distributes 68,000 copies to 1,700 locations each week, is owned by Eagle Media Corp.