He replaces Pat Kelly, publisher for the past six years, who "traded our local glitz for a beachcomber's life in Mexico," according to the Weekly. Spotleson, who helped launch the Weekly in 1998, has also worked on the editorial side within the New Times chain. There have been other moves in the paper's offices recently. Sales manager Nelson Oshita is now associate publisher, and the paper picked up two new staffers from Las Vegas Life: managing editor Ken Miller and associate editor T.R. Witcher.
Illinois Times has hired Patrick Arden, former managing editor of the Chicago Reader, as editor. The paper has also moved to a new address, redesigned its cover, consolidated entertainment listings, and changed its tag line. “The capital city’s newsweekly” expects fourth-quarter performance to be strong, says Associate Publisher Sharon Whalen.