Jeremy Voas, editor of Detroit's Metro Times since October 2001, was fired last week, reports the Detroit News. He contends the dismissal was prompted by his disagreement with publisher Lisa Rudy over the paper's mission in general and its emphasis on special sections in particular. "I thought if the paper wanted to do more of that kind of thing they needed to hire a special staff to do more promotional issues," he says. Curt Guyette, news editor at the Metro Times, says Voas' departure will be addressed in Wednesday's issue.
Voas, the highly decorated former editor of Phoenix New Times, takes over the editorial helm in Detroit on Oct. 22. Working under Voas, New Times writers won the past seven consecutive Journalists of the Year awards in Arizona, and also won the state's top investigative reporting prize for five consecutive years.