Zach Baron, a long-time writer and editor at The Village Voice, has joined The Daily's features desk, where he will report to culture editor (and New Yorker pop music critic) Sasha Frere-Jones, The Cutline has learned. His first day is Monday.
Baron has worked for the Voice in some capacity since 2005, before it was acquired by New Times Media (now Village Voice Media). He started as an intern under famed music critic Robert Christgau; helmed the paper's annual Pazz and Jop poll and its popular music blog, Sound of the City; and then worked his way up to become editor of villagevoice.com, a position that is now up for grabs.
The Voice also has been subject to a fair amount of turnover of late. In recent months, the New York alt-weekly has lost six staffers, including veteran investigative reporters Wayne Barrett and Tom Robbins; Barrett was let go in January amid downsizing, prompting Robbins' voluntary exit. The paper's music editor, Rob Harvilla, resigned last week to take a job in San Francisco, and was replaced by well-known blogger Maura Johnston.
Reached for comment by phone Wednesday morning, Tony Ortega, editor-in-chief of The Voice, dismissed the suggestion that there was anything behind the string of departures.
"It's not indicative of anything. People move around in this town," he said, adding of Baron: "I wish him well."