JOYCE MARCEL TO HEAD A.R.'S 'AMERICAN ARTS' SECTION
American Reporter Staff
HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Aug. 20, 2002 -- Joyce Marcel, the longtime author of the acclaimed "Momentum" column, has been named editor of the growing American Arts section of the paper, American Reporter Editor-in-Chief Joe Shea announced in Hollywood today.
In her new role, Marcel will be responsible for all film, music, book and theater reviews, artist interviews and other arts material that appear in the Internet's first and oldest daily news publication.
"Joyce Marcel is a journalist of exceptional taste and broad knowledge in the arts who can bring our long-struggling arts section to a new plateau," said Shea. "We have been gifted with a large number of fine writers whose work has helped lend real substance and authority to American Arts criticism, but it has needed a full-time editor who can really nurture its writers and bring their great work to fruition here. Joyce Marcel is the ideal person for that job."
Marcel has contributed to the Boston Globe and many other New England newspapers. She is the partner of Randolph Holhut, author of "On Native Ground" and a veteran newspaper editor.
The American Reporter has shifted course in recent years to take advantage of the growing deployment of high-speed computer access. Currently, there are more than 5,000 pages of articles and reviews on the site, all available by scrolling in each of six editorial areas.
Lucy Komisar, a distinguished New York journalist and contributor to may other publications will remain the paper's chief theater critic. The principal West Coast critic for the paper is Tom Kerrigan of Los Angeles.
Marcel replaces James Trageser of Oceanside, Calif., editor of the American Reporter Music Review since its founding in 1997. Trageser is planning a new publication online that will also feature some American Reporter critics, contributors and columnists.