Editorial - August 2006


If you visited this space last month, you may be among the many who thinking Chicago Parent is engaged in its own special episode of "Lost."

It is true, we have lost several really wonderful people. But it is also true that we are hiring great people, some of whom you may already know.

To those of you who are wondering and have said as much-what is going on at that magazine? -let me just assure you, magazines are a fluid industry. I ask people who walk in our door to think about their five year plan and what this job can do to help get them there.

We want them to value what they are doing here but also to know that this job will enrich them and move them forward.

We believe it speaks very well of the atmosphere here that these great people have stayed in place for as long they have and are now heading off to pursue the next steps, whether it be with their families or career.

So, that said, we actually have a second part to the long good-bye of last month: Welcome to the new members of our team.

We've had a flood of letters from readers-dedicated readers who read all the way down to the end of the column and noticed a brief reference to the fact we are looking for experienced editors.

We are like most magazines these days-we don't have a huge staff but rather a stable of great freelance and contract writers who we depend upon. We have built relationships with these people over time.

So we are welcoming to Chicago Parent two talented people who have actually been part of our team before.

Liz DeCarlo started this month as editor of our Calendar Section and E-news Update. Liz has been writing for Chicago Parent for the past four years-the last two she has held the title of contributing writer.

You've seen her stories and her pictures. Most recently, you saw the haunting picture she took on the cover of the magazine's July edition. She is one of the authors, along with Heather Cunningham, of the five-part series we debut this month on brain development. Liz knows us well and still wants to work here.

Liz has been a reporter and photographer at a community newspaper in DuPage County. She also worked as a photojournalist for the U.S. Army, the Ft. Worth Business Press and as a freelance reporter for The Daily Herald. She lives in Darien with her husband Joe and her three children, Anthony, 12, Emma, 10, and Grace, 8.

Next, we welcome Jennifer Gilbert, our new associate editor. Jennifer spent three months as an intern here when she was a junior at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She graduated in 2005 and went to work for a trade magazine. Less than a year later, we called Jennifer to come back home to Chicago Parent and she actually came.

Just days after starting here, Jennifer left us to get married. She doesn't have children yet, but kids are in the future. The newlyweds currently live in Naperville.

And while we are welcoming, let us add a quick thank you to our phenomenal crop of summer interns: Zak Garner, Julie Liotine and Olivia Ware. Teresa Dankowski and Anne Halliday have been coordinating our program and Kati Pedersen has served as the fact-checker extraordinaire. We are lucky to have them all.


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