Well, it's the beginning of August and we finally have our replacement for Bill Lueders in the building. We're happy to welcome the new news editor, Judith Davidoff, to the joys of Isthmus life. Or should I say welcome her back. She's been down this road before.
Davidoff, who took up her duties on Monday, comes to us from The Capital Times, where she was also news editor. She had worked at the CT since 2000, starting out as a reporter covering city government and politics. For the six years before that she was a staff writer and features editor for this publication. She's got a bachelor's degree from SUNY Binghamton and a master's in public policy and administration from the La Follette Institute of Public Affairs at the UW.
She is not, however, to be held responsible for anything that appears in this week's issue. She hasn't been here long enough to be saddled with that, though her appearance has eased the strain on editor Dean Robbins, who's been responsible for holding together the news department since Lueders' departure on June 17.
Nathan J. Comp, who has been a contributor to Isthmus from afar over the last couple of years, has filled in the every-other-week news duties over the past few weeks, and contributes the bulk of this week's news section as well.
Our cover story author, Matt Hrodey, came to us through the news editor search process. The young Milwaukeean was recommended by former Isthmus editor and contributor Bruce Murphy, currently the editor of Milwaukee Magazine. We thank him for his recommendation and welcome Hrodey to our company of contributors. Hey, it almost feels like the start of a new school year.
It's not, of course. That's still at least a couple of weeks off in the worst- (or best-) case scenario. But the end of summer is coming, so gather ye ears of corn in welcome, while ye may.