Just four months into her tenure as editor, the Chicago Reader‘s Kiki Yablon will be leaving the paper next month, becoming the latest in a series of recent alt-weekly editorial departures. Yablon was named to the position in July after longtime editor Alison True was unexpectedly fired.
Addressing concerns that an editorial-business clash led to her resignation, Yablon assured the Reader‘s Michael Miner that she is leaving for other reasons:
“Do an editor and publisher ever see eye to eye on everything?” she asked rhetorically, but she wants it understood her resignation has nothing to do with her relationship with publisher Alison Draper and assistant publisher Geoff Dougherty. She’s simply decided to take a job outside journalism. “I’m interested in thinking about a completely different set of problems. I’m interested in doing something else,” she told me.
Yablon has been with the Reader for fourteen years, eight of those as managing editor.