David Malitz named culture editor

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Announcement from Editor-in-Chief Krissah Thompson:

I am delighted to announce that David Malitz will become Culture Editor within our award-winning Reporting Department. In this new post, David will edit a significant undertaking on the culture we consume, how it shapes us and the driving forces behind it. Its mission will be to cultivate and develop high-impact, culture-engaging journalism across all artistic disciplines, building on the style’s glorious heritage as a prime home for sharp and incisive writing.

For 18 years, David has been a mainstay of story coverage, helping many of our top writers elevate their work, most recently serving as interim executive story editor. As a department assistant, he helped lead the team’s transformation, setting it on its current course by taking on six print-oriented teams and driving dynamic digital journalism focused on the arts, entertainment, food, lifestyle and culture.

He started to washingtonpost.com in Arlington in 2004 as a part-time producer populating the Going Out Guide (then City Guide) database with local events like county fairs and pumpkin patches. He was one of the Going Out Gurus, the local entertainment experts who helped DC-area residents navigate nightlife and free time. David has also written about music for Weekend and Style, reviewing hundreds of gigs, none more memorable than Courtney Love’s disastrous night at the 9:30 Club.

David became pop culture editor in 2012, working with critics Ann Hornaday, Chris Richards and Hank Stuever as well as running the Sunday Style section. Since 2014, he’s been deputy features editor, working with Liz Seymour and Mitch Rubin to build a department that delivers all the types of journalism The Post is known for, from business to breaking news to service to columns.

David is loved by the writers who have worked with him and will continue to work closely with Style’s journalists, as well as a wide range of talented freelancers. One writer attributed him with a broad sense of culture, calling him the kind of editor who “can have a fluent conversation about an obscure Eddie Murphy routine, an important Bob Dylan song, or the latest show at Glenstone”.

Over the past decade, David has served as editor of some of Style’s most memorable works – including an oral history of “Walk This Way”, 10 Years of Taylor and Kanye, the Beat Generation and What’s Happened to Eric Clapton? It has also shaped the work of Style’s political writers, pop culture journalists, critics, and everything in between. He was also the driving force behind the expansion of the Post’s media coverage.

A true local, David grew up in Montgomery County, went to the University of Maryland, and lives in northern Virginia. He’s a die-hard Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Wizards fan and challenges you to find a more twisty pair of teams to cheer on.

Please join me in congratulating David on his new role, which begins on July 5th.

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