Las Vegas CityLife Managing Editor Departing to Edit Culture Mag

Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009

Steve Sebelius

Las Vegas CityLife managing editor Andrew Kiraly will be leaving Sin City’s oldest, most widely read, most award-winning alternative newsweekly to become editor of the city’s foremost regional magazine, Desert Companion. Kiraly, managing editor of CityLife since 2005, was selected from a large field of candidates to lead the bi-monthly magazine, published by Nevada Public Radio. He starts his new job Jan. 4.

Kiraly worked as a writer at CityLife before joining the staff of the Las Vegas Mercury, an alternative newsweekly launched by Stephens Media LLC and edited by former CityLife managing editor Geoff Schumacher in 2001. When Stephens Media purchased CityLife in 2005, Kiraly was named managing editor and the Mercury was folded into CityLife. (Schumacher, Stephens Media’s director of community publications, was later named publisher of CityLife. He continues to serve in that capacity.)

In 2003, Nevada Public Radio began publishing a fall culture guide that later evolved into the present-day Desert Companion. The magazine covers arts, culture, food and dining and other aspects of life in the Las Vegas Valley. This year, it was recognized with a Maggie award for the best quarterly publication in the west. Nevada Public Radio operates KNPR-FM 88.9, a news and information station, and KCNV-FM 89.7, which offers classical music.

“Andrew has been a great managing editor, and he’ll be impossible to replace,” said CityLife editor Steve Sebelius. “He’s creative, smart and has a fine sense of what makes Las Vegas the city it is. All those qualities will serve him well as editor of Desert Companion, and I wish him every success.”