At LA Weekly, I worked on more than 204 issues, but a handful were particularly fun to create. Here are some special issues that I spearheaded that were really rewarding to make.
Summer Dining Issue 2016: Modern Mexican Cuisine
A new generation of Angeleno chefs is reshaping the way we think about Mexican cuisine in our town.
L.A.'s Mexican food is legendary, but this legion of hometown heroes is creating dishes with a distinctly Angeleno approach. Think locally sourced ingredients and cross-cultural mashups; health-consciousness and flavor-forward experiments. These chefs take traditional recipes and reinvent them according to their own rules, forged by the L.A. experience, where culture collisions are the defining characteristic of what makes this place great.
Read some of the articles I assigned and edited in this series, and watch the video I commissioned/produced with filmmaker Hso Hkam on chef Ted Montoya here.
Native American Issue 2016
Los Angeles has the largest population of indigenous peoples in the entire country, and Native Americans have played a crucial role in shaping the cultural landscape of Southern California. While First Peoples have endured a sometimes complicated history here, these contemporary Indigenous filmmakers, writers, chefs, and artists recontextualize what it means to be a Native Angeleno today.
I spearheaded the creation of LA Weekly's first ever Native American issue to be released right around Thanksgiving. It's in line with Native American content that I've assigned and published in November each year. At LA Weekly, I coordinated all of the editors to feature content that was all centered around Native Americans who lived and worked in Los Angeles. Our main feature was written by Native American writer Dina Gilio-Whitaker, and the cover star is filmmaker Kayla Briet, who was kind enough to let us debut her film about saving the language of her father. Check out her film and read more of the issue's articles here.
Road Trips Issue 2017
Summer in Southern California is a philosophy; that conscious decision to fling off the mantle of school stress or work woes and rustle up some buds, your love or your young spuds for some much-needed R&R. Summer is a state of mind, and for many it begins with an idea: Let's hit the road.
For this Road Trips issue, we charted a course across the Southern California region, taking Angelenos in adventures everywhere the Santa Ana winds blow. Read all the articles I assigned and edited here, and discover everything you wanted to know about the Idyll-beast, the Sasquatch of Idyllwild, in my piece about the mysterious creature.