September 11, 2006 — Veteran Seattle journalist Mark Fefer has been named editor-in-chief at Seattle Weekly. He will officially take the chair on October 3.
Fefer’s hiring represents a second homecoming for a man who has spent his journalistic career in Seattle and New York City.
Raised on the Eastside, a mile from where the Microsoft campus is now, Fefer graduated from Harvard in 1987 with a degree in English and moved to New York, where he started as a fact-checker at the satirical magazine Spy. He spent almost five years as a staff reporter for Fortune magazine before returning to Seattle the first time and signing on with the Weekly.
He was a staff writer at the Weekly from 1995 to 2001, and also was the paper’s jazz critic. He served as the Weekly’s arts and culture editor from 2002 to 2004 before returning again to New York City, where he worked most recently as an editor for Bloomberg News.
“I’m thrilled at the chance to build on the Weekly’s history of excellence,” Fefer said. “This city deserves great journalism and I can’t wait to lead the paper’s talented staff in delivering it.”
“Mark shares our vision of the Weekly as a paper committed to tough investigative reporting, lively magazine-style feature writing, and smart, edgy arts and music coverage,” said Andy Van De Voorde, executive associate editor for Village Voice Media. “This was an easy choice.”
Andy Van De Voorde