Judith Davidoff will succeed Dean Robbins as the editor of Isthmus. Davidoff has served as the alternative publicationâ€™s news editor for the last three years.
Robbins will take a position with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Continuing Studies after the Oct. 9 issue.
â€œAfter six years in a demanding job, and almost 30 with Isthmus, I felt it was time for a new challenge,â€ Robbins says. â€œBut itâ€™s been a thrill to collaborate with our talented staffers and freelancers, and Iâ€™ll miss the esprit de corps in our newsroom. Under Judy, I know Isthmus will persevere as a valuable resource for the community.â€
Robbins previously served as Isthmusâ€™ arts and entertainment editor. His television column has been syndicated in 15 newspapers and magazines around the country, and he has won state and national awards for arts, news and headline writing.
Davidoff previously served as Isthmusâ€™ features editor. She also worked at The Capital Times as a reporter and news editor. She has won many awards, including Milwaukee Press Club awards for best beat reporting, headlines and news writing. She was named a woman of achievement in journalism and mass communications by Wisconsin Women in Government in 2012.
Davidoff came to Madison in 1988 for graduate school in the UWâ€™s La Follette School of Public Affairs.
â€œIsthmus was one of my first loves,â€ she says. â€œItâ€™s where I learned how to report and write from skilled editors and where I have always felt a kinship with others who are committed to editorial integrity, quality control and creative expression. I am sorry to be losing a very special editor and friend in Dean Robbins, but I am excited and honored to be part of the future of Isthmus. Jeff Haupt and his partners, who bought Isthmus in July, have a bold vision for our print, mobile and web platforms, and I look forward to putting my own stamp on our editorial content as well.â€