Photo by John Carlson.

Photo by John Carlson.

Drew Tewksbury is a Los Angeles-based  journalist, editor, photographer, and multimedia producer.

Recently, Tewksbury was an editor at Los Angeles Times, spearheading books coverage including literary news, reviews, author interviews, and features, focusing on writers from four vast -- but often overlooked -- geographic regions: The American West, the West Coast, Latin America, and the Pacific Rim. He also coordinated on-site video and editorial coverage of the Festival of Books, the largest book event in the U.S. Previously, as acting Arts editor, he managed a team of critics and reporters covering L.A.’s diverse cultural communities including major arts institutions like LA Phil, LA Opera, Center Theater Group, and the Getty as well as non-mainstream art communities like street art, outsider-art, and LGBT spaces.

In 2018, Tewksbury was the contributing editor at GOOD, where he relaunched the brand's editorial approach, focusing on building a team of global freelancers and developing multimedia projects that highlight innovators, global culture, and inspiring people who are working to improve the world.

Previously, Tewksbury was the managing editor of LA Weekly, Los Angeles' second largest newspaper, and the country's largest alternative newsweekly. He oversaw the section editors, edited long-form cover stories, developed special issues, and spearheaded video production and social media video, executive producing more than 50 short form documentaries. He also coordinated and developed special issues, including the inaugural Native American issue, Modern Mexican Restaurants issue, Road Trip issues, Summer and Winter Movie issues, and the annual Best of L.A. Issue.

From 2012-2016, Tewksbury was the managing editor / co-producer for KCET-TV's Artbound, an arts journalism online publication and Emmy-winning television show providing in-depth arts/culture coverage of 11 counties in Southern California as well as Northern Mexico. Since Artbound's founding in 2012, he led Artbound editorial, developing, assigning, and editing content from more than 60 contributors stationed across the state. He also assisted in the development of documentary videos based on articles, which air as part of Artbound's Emmy-winning TV show aired on KCETLink public media. In addition, he helped produce the live music performance show Artbound Presents: Studio A from 2014 to 2015, and he created LinkTV's online platform Bodies in Motion, a video hub showcasing award-winning films by choreographers, dancers, and filmmakers from around the world. 

He also curated Los Angeles Magazine's Guide section from 2011-2016, writing the two-page calendar section in the magazine each month highlighting diverse events throughout the city. 

As a journalist, Tewksbury has written and reported feature articles or radio pieces for: National Public Radio (NPR), Playboy, Time Magazine, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, L.A Weekly, KPCC Southern California Public Radio, NME (U.K), Billboard Magazine, Hollywood Reporter, Flaunt Magazine, SWINDLE Magazine, URB Magazine, Filter Magazine, Intersections (International), Style In Progress (Austria), People Magazine, and US Weekly, among other publications.

From 2010-2013, Tewksbury wrote and voiced bi-monthly on-air music review segments, "New Music Tuesday," aired on KPCC Southern California Public Radio's Take Two Show and the Madeleine Brand Show. Early in his career, he was a producer for National Public Radio’s show News and Notes, an contributing editor at Flaunt Magazine, and a daily music blogger for L.A. Weekly for three years.

As an educator, Tewksbury has taught Entertainment Journalism at University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He has also taught Cultural Journalism at Loyola Marymount University. 

He’s a graduate from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism’s Masters program.
 

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Top image :"Garden Head (Kuala Lumpur)",” 2013 by Carolyn Castaño.

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