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City Paper Gets News Editor-In-Chief — The Third This Year

Kathleen J. Davis
90.5 WESA
The most recent Pittsburgh City Paper, one of the city's two alt-weekly publications.

The Pittsburgh City Paper has a new Editor-in-Chief. On Wednesday, it was announced that Managing Editor Lisa Cunningham will be taking over the role.

Cunningham has worked at the City Paper since 1997, and previously served as its art director, production director and graphic designer.

"My background is really in the arts," she said. "So I'm really excited to put the focus on the arts scene in Pittsburgh."

Cunningham will be the paper's first female Editor-in-Chief. She succeeds Rob Rossi, who was hired to helm the paper in May. Rossi, previously a sports reporter for Pittsburgh media outlets including the Tribune-Review, is parting with the publication to go back to school and write a book, according to a release from City Paper.

Before Rossi, the paper's Editor-in-Chief was Charlie Deitch, who was let go for what he believes was his critical coverage of longtime Pennsylvania Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler). The President of the City Paper's parent company told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said ath the time that Deitch's termination was not connected to his coverage of Metcalfe. 

Cunningham's new role is effective immediately.

Kathleen J. Davis covers news about just about anything at WESA. She’s also the primary reporter and producer of WESA’s weekly series Pittsburgh Tech Report. Kathleen originally hails from the great state of Michigan, and is always available to talk about suburban Detroit and Coney Island diners. She lives in Bloomfield.