Founded in 1978 by former New York journalist and free spirit Jay Levin, the Weekly has long been the most highly regarded alternative weekly in the nation. Under editors Levin, Kit Rachlis, Sue Horton and Laurie Ochoa, the Weekly has been home both to first rate arts and cultural criticism, but in-depth political reporting and commentary on matters local, national and global. As executive editor from 1989 through 2001, Meyerson focused the paper on the transformation of Los Angeles – the decimation of manufacturing, the growth of a bipolar economy, and the rise of a labor-Latino alliance that’s been a model for progressive coalitions in other cities. The roster of Weekly writers past and present includes Manohla Dargis, John Powers, Steve Erickson, Michael Ventura, Ella Taylor, Jonathan Gold, Tom Carson, Ruben Martinez and Marc Cooper.
In September, 2009 Atlantic Monthly named Harold Meyerson one of 50 Most Influential Columnists. Calling its list “its all-star team,” Atlantic Monthly’s Top 50 are the most influential commentators in the nation – the columnists and bloggers and broadcast pundits who shape the national debates. Harold Meyerson is honored to be in their midst.
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