Word seems to be getting out that we filled our main TV writer slot, so thought I'd quickly post the news here: Willa Paskin (at left) will be joining Salon fulltime next week to write, review and report on all things TV.
It's a homecoming of sorts: Willa was a star intern about five years back, and went on to build an impressive and meaningful writing career, most recently at New York Magazine, and especially at its vibrant culture site, Vulture. I hesitate to call her a critic -- she's a multitalented force we expect to wear many hats. But TV criticism is an area Salon pioneered -- nay, exploded! -- online, beginning with Joyce Millman in the 1990s, through Carina Chocano, Heather Havrilesky and most recently, Matt Zoller Seitz. Fabulous writers and thinkers all -- Willa's a perfect successor.
Small side note: The (also terrific, and sometime Salon contributor) Alyssa Rosenberg of ThinkProgress responded to the abysmal percentage of women bylines appearing in major publications by naming "Ten women major magazines should be commissioning." Willa -- along with Salon's Irin Carmon and Tracy Clark-Flory -- made her very estimable list (something Joan Walsh pointed out to me, and wanted to include in her pitch for Salon Core, but held off at my request -- thanks Joan!). And while Salon's small but mighty editorial staff can and should grow to be even more diverse, I'm pretty proud of that.