Associate Publisher and Founder Swap Seats -- Sort Of
Jim Rizzi has been named as the new publisher of Salt Lake City Weekly. Rizzi most recently served City Weekly as Associate Publisher and VP of Sales & Marketing. Former City Weekly Publisher and founder, John Saltas, made the announcement during a staff meeting Friday, November 14. Tequila and tears were served.
Rizzi joined City Weekly in August, 2002, after a successful 20-year-career with Phoenix-based New Times. During that tenure, Rizzi had publishing stints at Denver Westword, SF Weekly and New Times LA. Saltas will continue to have ties to the paper via a newly created Executive Editor position, and will pursue additional corporate and personal interests.
According to Rizzi, “John has built a great paper in a difficult market and I’m hopeful I can continue in that tradition. This past year has been a lot of fun and reminds me of why I got into this business in the first place.”
“It’s no secret New Times trains great people, and I’m grateful we were able to bring Jim to Salt Lake,” said Saltas, who added that, “Jim has brought a new element to us and is responsible for another banner year for us. He’s been doing most of that work anyway and now he can take credit for it.”
In a separate development, it was announced that Roger “Don’t Call Me Hank, It’s Henry” Thornhill has relocated to Salt Lake City after shaking the debris from his Seattle fiasco. Thornhill, who will join City Weekly in the newly created position of Best of Utah ballot auditor, is looking forward to revitalizing his once-promising career. “Count. It’s what I do,” he said. Thornhill added that he bears no ill-will to his former employers and only noted that, “I just remember it rained a lot, duh, and the whole experience was very strange.”
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