Ted Kissell Resigns as OC Weekly Editor, to be Succeeded by Gustavo Arellano

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Ted B. Kissell informed his news staff via today's copy meeting and everyone else at Orange County's favorite alternative weekly newspaper via email that he has resigned as editor of OC Weekly.

Kissell, who joined the staff weeks after founding editor Will Swaim ended his 12-year run at the helm in 2007, also announced that Gustavo Arellano will assume the editor's post "effective 5:01 p.m." this Friday, Dec. 2.

"I joined OC Weekly in 2007 under some pretty strange circumstances, unsure what kind of reception I'd get upon entering the building," Kissell writes in his email. "To my relief and delight, the paper's incredible staff was both professional and welcoming--well, except for Coker, who ran screaming to Sacramento, but hey, water under the bridge, right?"

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Gustavo Arellano
Kissell mentioned that he's proud of the industry awards the paper he edited captured during his four and a half years here, including honors from the Missouri Lifestyle Journalism Awards, the Best American Crime Reporting anthology, the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, the Maggie Awards, and the Los Angeles and Orange County press clubs.

"I'm honored to have been a part of such an exemplary band of muckrakers, and I'm even more gratified that we pulled it off during the most challenging economic times our industry has ever faced," he writes, "and while making an on-the-fly transition to being a daily online publication, as well as a weekly newspaper."

Prior to joining the Weekly, Kissell worked as an associate editor and staff writer for Miami New Times and New Times Broward-Palm Beach, South Florida publications of our overlord Village Voice Media (VVM). Kissell left Broward in 2003 after receiving a Fulbright Scholarship that allowed him to spend a year doing research in Mexico

He  ends his note by saying "the time is right" to pursue new challenges, knowing "I'm leaving the paper in good shape--and in good hands."

Actually, he ends with "Que les vaya bien" but, having run screaming to Sacramento before finishing my online Spanish class, I have no idea what the fuck that means. So, I turned to another fluent Spanish speaker--Arellano--for a translation. I believe "The Mexican" of ¡Ask a Mexican! fame misunderstood what I was asking for.

"I want to thank all the skinheads, pedophile priests, Know Nothings, and battleship tacos that made this day possible," Arellano said of taking over the editor's office. "I look forward to continuing the Weekly's mission of comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable with the best damn group of writers this side of the Fortean Times. And I promise to offer our disgraced, felonious ex-sheriff Mike Carona a complimentary subscription to our rag so he can get his jollies off to our backpage ads!"

Arellano, who grew up and went to high school in Anaheim, began freelancing at the Weekly in 2001 and became a staffer upon graduating from UCLA with a master's degree in Latin American studies in 2003.

Having served as managing editor the past year and a half, Arellano will continue as editor to author his popular syndicated column, ¡Ask a Mexican!, which won the 2006 and 2008 Association of Alternative Weeklies (AAN) Award for Best Column. He'll also keep contributing to the Weekly's tasty food coverage. Indeed, he's rolled some of that knowledge into his forthcoming third book, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America.

A press release about Arellano assuming the editorship that VVM submitted to AAN today notes that OC Weekly's new editorial chief "is the proud son of two Mexican immigrants, one of whom was illegal."

On the next page is Kissell's complete email to the entire OC Weekly staff, followed the page after that by the complete press release VVM submitted to AAN:


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92 comments
One_dog_rob
One_dog_rob

arlleano your smart but kind of a duche. i hope you do a good job....

Gimpdaddy
Gimpdaddy

Gustavo,Congratulations and good luck to you sir. I wish I could have heard the news sooner, but I am working in Detroit for the last 9 months and OCW.com has been my lifeline to my beloved HB lifestyle. I've been so busy I haven't got to log on for a week. Unlike your many Spanish speaking fans, I have only knowledge of Spanish through osmosis. First through my housekeeper and my landscaper, and then , as my industry took a slide, having to take jobs in construction, landscape, masonry, painting, working side-by-side with good-hard working Mexicans. I still live in HB with my wife and son, in a tiny apartment the "white slums" of Adams and Alabama.

MY point..there are good people and bad people of all races. I'm all white, Christian, husband of 20 years and father of 3 sons. I struggle with making good decisions, but I am a good person. I've watched my good fortune fade to a working class struggle. You , Gus and your Mag have kept me informed and humored for over a decade. My views have not changed since I've gone from rich to poor, OCW is basicly my point of view. But please, please....

DON'T MAKE THE DAMN THING ALL SPANISH, I CAN BARELY HANDLE ENGLISH!!!!

any hoo, have fun, and can you show nipples in the back pages???

Frank
Frank

And one more thing-make sure your writers/editors have a divergence of opinion, even to the point of including a few conservatives...you will then have one of the few alternate media outlets (or media outlets period) with a truly balanced presentation....

Frank
Frank

Gustavo:  Now that you are "the man" take a lesson from someone who has worked on the sales side of large corporate publishers as well as small ones: dont isolate yourself in a management cocoon but continue to get your hands dirty digging for good stories and maintaing your contacts....the corporate bubble kills creativity....and now that you are "the man" seek out, hire and train young reportters/editors who have even more talent than you do,  and consider it an honor when they move on to the "big leagues" after cutting their their teeth at the OC weelkly..Congrats!!!

JoeW
JoeW

Congrats Gustavo!Hey, my fiancee is Mexican, can I get OC Weekly free now?Oh that's right.. Looking forward to your continued fine work!-Joe Weber

no mas mexicanos
no mas mexicanos

oh and that ted kissel guy needs to stop smoking so much weed..He has the pothead circles around his eyes..  Dead Give away for chronic weed smokers.

mexicans look like clones
mexicans look like clones

Hate to be a Dick and Im not saying Im a Hott Guy,  But Gutavo with all do Respect Looks Kind of Funny..  I didnt picture him like the Photo above.. is Gus a small Statured man?  If Not,  He needs to do at least some Shoulder Exercises..    I dont know why but for some odd reason I want to watch that 80s movie  ''Revenge of the Nerds''.

Billg
Billg

The Weekly's slide from notable past to the gutter is likely to accellerate now with the invertebrate opportunist Arellano in charge.

Welcome to the new and improved MexiCali fishwrap.

MN_SNAP
MN_SNAP

It is always good news when one professional media champion is replaced by another professional champion.     Bob

DanGarion
DanGarion

I'm very happy for you Gustavo. Congrats!

TedBKissell
TedBKissell

I'll add an online "congratulations" to my in-person ones, Gustavo. ¡La lucha sigue!

wendycarrillo
wendycarrillo

Fantastic news, congratulations Gustavo!  OC Weekly is lucky to have you! 

909Jeff
909Jeff

I would like to congratulate myself for your promotion. Since I started posting regularly on your stories your popularity has soared...  You're Welcome! 

Now, Should I fwd you my resume to take over Ask A Mexican since you'll be too busy being the HMFIC?   

Oh And I cant believe Kissel was the boss... We got into it over the Rubio story and I'm pretty sure I destroyed his argument (At least in my head I did and thats all that matters).  I would say you have big shoes to fill but I'd be lying. 

Okay, Good Job... I guess. I look forward to seeing you on the message board battlefield

Miguel
Miguel

Congratulations Gustavo!

Anibal Diaz
Anibal Diaz

Muchas felicidades hermano... now, can I be the mexican that gets asked at?

Alva
Alva

Coming soon, Bash a Chapin Fridays, Mexi Midget Monday etc etc.  C'mon Gustavo get some top heavy chicas to help move some papers, front page no?

Ihateusc
Ihateusc

im sure the 10 actual readers of the oc weekly would be thrilled to have gustavo as the editor.. who did you have to sleep with to get the job? lol..

btw, can we expect more articles with the words pendejo and puto in it?   i mean, you do have to cater to your particular class of patrons, que no?

luckeegurl
luckeegurl

Congrats Gustavo! I also really liked Ted Kissell. Too bad I had to run screaming from the OCW when they were bought by Village Voice.

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

There are not nearly enough negative comments here. Where are the famous OC Weekly comment section trolls, amplified by the Register goons who are too afraid to use their real-name Facebook accounts over there anymore?

Clearly, Gustavo, you need to piss people off more.

Lenny Rivers
Lenny Rivers

Me lleva la chingada....Gus.  Estos es lo que quieres?  Te sientes capaz?  Buena suerte pues, carnal.  May the force be with you.  We all know and appreciate the work and decisions  that await you.

Alex Grenier
Alex Grenier

No offense to Frank, that's certainly advice worth considering. My advice having been a small community publisher and ad agency owner (and GM at another)...be yourself. Be authentic. You're obviously doing something right to get where you are. Go with your gut and take risks and do your thing.

The OC guest.
The OC guest.

Somebody's always taking a shit in Billg's cornflakes, and with good reason, for sure.

Jack Grimshaw
Jack Grimshaw

Gee, a tad snitty today, ain't we, uh, bilge?

Pepe
Pepe

It's spelled combustible.

Bill T.
Bill T.

Which, according to your number, makes you single-handledly 10% of the readership?

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

I live to give pendejo putos like you a reason to live! Gracias for the love!

Pepe
Pepe

The tard is right! We need more of those articles. May I suggest the following: "Ihateusc is a puto pendejo." That should cater to his douchebag ways.

Alex Grenier
Alex Grenier

I'm good with a Pendejo Article....as long as it's Pastor Pendejo :-) Rosales is such a hypocrite. If you only knew about what I know about his son.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

I think Mitchie, Alva, et al died of shock haha. And I agree!

Gimpdaddy
Gimpdaddy

HEY! I've been a print reader for over ten years, I say something nice about you, relay my Mexican story, personal hardship, make a joke, and....nada.

Some fucker calles you a duche(sic) and you respond to him?

(sniff..) my feelings are hurt..

909Jeff
909Jeff

You show tendencies either way... I'm just saying! 

Joe
Joe

"Stupid Fags" is what you said here Gus???  I thinks you be a little bit of a hypocrite your self?   

Ihateusc
Ihateusc

hey pepe, are you gustavo's lap dog? i swear, you jump through hoops for your gay lover... calm down moron, i wont steal gus from you.... now go get your shine box, boy...lol

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

Don't bother, dude. The never-ending quest to correct the comment section is an unwinnable fight. No vale la pena.

Pepe
Pepe

True that.

Pepe
Pepe

And you, my bruncle-humping friend, are typical of the bigots who like to comment on this board ... You know, fucktards who post shit from their momma's basement.

Pepe
Pepe

Nah. I just enjoy pointing out what a fucking piece of retarded shit you are. And you seem to have an odd fixation on gay lovers ... Is your uncle not giving you enough man gravy?

Ihateusc
Ihateusc

naw, pepe is typical of your readers.... you know, morons... lol

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Funny thing is I don't even know who Pepe is. He's a stranger and can STILL see what a pendejo you are haha

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