VVM Vet Joe Tone Named Observer Editor

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New Observer Editor Joe Tone: We're thinking the empty glass on the table is a good sign.
Joe Tone, a Village Voice Media veteran and former editor of the Pitch Weekly in Kansas City, was named editor of the Observer today. His first day on the job is Monday.

Tone brings a broad mix of reporting, editing and web experience to the post. He previously worked as the web editor for VVM's Westword in Denver and managing editor at the Cleveland Scene under VVM ownership. He came to the company as a staff writer in Cleveland in 2004 from a reporting job at the Stockton Record. He most recently was editor of The Pitch until VVM sold the paper to Nashville-based media company Southcomm Inc. in mid-March.

Tone replaces Observer Editor Mark Donald, who resigned.

"I'm thrilled, obviously," Tone says. "That's an abundantly talented staff down there, some of whom I've even harassed with fawning emails over the years. I'm eager to get to work, to keep building on the groundwork laid by Mark and do some of that fawning in person."

A Bay Area native and graduate of Santa Clara University, Tone holds a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School at Northwestern University.

Tone adds that he's married to "the most beautiful and hilarious and geographically flexible woman in America." He also mentioned that he's a lifelong San Francisco Giants fan, but said we didn't have to tell you that, considering what happened in the World Series last year.

Sure, Joe, no problem. Mum's the word. (Here's hoping you have a good sense of humor too.)


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22 comments
LaceyB
LaceyB

I told Wilonsky that I picked up 3 guys the other night that looked just like you at Quarter Bar who also said, "They were journalists". All I got was 3 free drinks, which, is just, eh, for a Tuesday.

Question is, Joe Tone, are you a "better journalist" than all three of those lyin' douches?

cp
cp

This is the best pic y'all could find??

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Congrats on Joe joining the team! May your tenure be more interesting than the last guy..Also, have you considered doing a locally-produced weekly video commentary on a topic du jour, usually from a reader of the paper/site. I've seen a few other alt-weeklies trying it out and its an excellent idea in this youtube/social media-era, makes reading blogs a bit more fun..

Also, ive learned you stay away from Schultze until at least after 11am, as thats the time he gets up from his early nap.

KSK
KSK

A young Troy Aikman assumes control of the Observer.

Joanne R
Joanne R

Joe,

Welcome and best to you and your wife.

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

Joe,

Welcome. Please don't bring Bible Girl back.

Oh, and we need more gratuitous full frontal male nudity.

Brian Elsner
Brian Elsner

Just to let everyone know....Joe Tone only likes the Giants when they are successful. He is a bit of a fair weather fan. He loved them when he lived in the Bay Area, but abandoned them for a few years until their run last year.

Second, he cheats in wiffleball (pitches too close).

Third, he is short.

But fourth, he is a great guy and a talented writer.

MattL1
MattL1

Welcome and good luck! The writers seem to be decent folk, but the readers are a bunch of cantankerous loons. Beware.

SparkFarm
SparkFarm

Finally. Another Clevelander in Texas. SparkFarm welcomes you, Joe.

Amy S.
Amy S.

Dear Joe, Robert likes Old Franklin (Sigel's carries by the half gallon) and Jim S. likes Stroh's (good luck finding that). Just sayin'.

scottindallas
scottindallas

Alright Patrick, now you and Wilonsky can get our own SXSW kicked off.

Bigjondaniel
Bigjondaniel

@chris It's not the nap, it;s the triple witching hour of meds, caffeine and booze

Joe Tone
Joe Tone

@Jackejett: How would you feel about Talmud Guy, in which I ponder the vagaries of Kashrut and the tastiness of things wrapped in bacon?

On second thought, we'll just stick to the gratuitous male-nudity thing.

Joe Tone
Joe Tone

Not true about the Giants (although I admit to falling off some during the Cleveland years, during which they were terrible and I was on eastern time).

Not true about Wiffle ball. It just seems like I'm too close because you can't hit it.

I am short. That's quite true.

Item No. 4 is for the fine people of Dallas to decide. I hope they agree.

Sam_Merten
Sam_Merten

Not sure Joe's ready for Ticket schtick just yet.

Joe Tone
Joe Tone

Why thank you, Amy S. These are the sort of vital details a guy needs in his first weeks on the job.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Old FITZGERALD. I'd hate for the new guy to get off on the wrong bottle. And, again, thanks, Amy.

Rooster
Rooster

Try not to "f" up our beloved Observer during your tenure here.

Just kidding.

Welcome to Dallas. Looking forward to sampling some of your fine work.

Pete Freedman
Pete Freedman

Before you come in and start talking a big game about Wiffle Ball, boss, I'll have you know that I was once the ace on a team that competed in a Wiffle Ball World Series event. And that team included players that had been on, at one time, the No. 1 ranked Wiffle Ball team in the country. And I own a WBWS-approved aluminum bat. You've now been notified.

Joe Tone
Joe Tone

Well then, I'm screwed. I once, in the course of "reporting" a Wiffle Ball story, took some BP against a pitcher on one of the top-ranked teams. The bat never left my shoulder. So, yeah, I may have gotten ahead of myself.

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