New job – and first job after the Columbine book

June 12, 2009 at 7:58 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This is the press release that went out today; sorry I can’t replicate the fancy Denver Magazine logo:

Denver Magazine Hires Well-Known Denver Journalist and Author as its New Associate Editor

Former Rocky Mountain News reporter Jeff Kass brings extensive journalism experience to the staff of the glossy Denver monthly

June 12, 2009 (Denver) — Denver Magazine has named Jeff Kass as its new associate editor. Kass is a well-known investigative journalist and author of the recently released “Columbine: A True Crime Story,” a definitive book on the 1999 Columbine High School shootings.

“Jeff is a very talented well rounded writer,” said Denver Magazine CEO, editor-in-chief and publisher Michael Ledwitz. “With his addition we will be able to focus on bringing some articles to the magazine that will keep our readers interested for years to come.”

Kass began his professional journalism career in October 1992, covering Ventura City Hall for the Oxnard Press Courier in California. Two years later he joined the Los Angeles Times, covering government, politics, courts and the OJ Simpson custody case. In 1998, he moved to Denver and freelanced for a slew of publications including The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor and The New York Times. He also began as a staff writer for the Rocky Mountain News in 1999.

Kass worked at the paper for a decade, breaking national stories on Columbine, and covering the Kobe Bryant rape case. He traveled to Cambodia to write about the search for a missing soldier, and covered the space shuttle Columbia explosion in Texas. Kass holds a master’s degree in political science from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

“I hope to bring a new round of journalism to Denver Magazine, from sharper features to more investigative work,” Kass said. “After one book and 10 years at the Rocky Mountain News, I’ve written on everything from Cuba to Columbine, and Hunter S. Thompson to Kobe Bryant. My new work will be just as varied, and I look forward to making the magazine more of must-read in Denver and beyond.”

Kass’ hiring is the latest change at the fast-growing city magazine. Earlier this year, Denver Magazine announced the addition of two new investors and the launch of media partnerships with some of Denver’s top network affiliates, including KCNC-TV Channel 4, Fox 31 KDVR, and KWGN The Deuce.

About Denver Magazine
Denver Magazine is published monthly and offers a fresh insight into the region’s cultural, political, sports, dining scene, fashion and more. It can be found at Denver-area newsstands, bookstores, and grocery stores. For more information or to subscribe, visit http://www.DenverMagazine.com.

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