Please Welcome Maura Johnston, Your New Village Voice Music Editor

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Good day. It is with great regret that I inform you that this will be my last week at the Voice -- I am moving to San Francisco to take a job as managing editor of Rhapsody and raise a child in a slightly larger apartment with (hopefully) in-unit laundry facilities. It is with great pleasure, however, that I announce the indomitable Maura Johnston as the new Voice music editor.

I suspect Maura needs no introduction around here, but just in case, she's written extensively for Idolator, Popdust, the Awl, and the Voice itself, presiding over our annual F2K shooting gallery with the also-indomitable Christopher R. Weingarten. Her interests include expert Billboard chart analysis, debunking bullshit Internet myths, and Greg Dulli. She's gonna do fantastic here, as indeed she already has.

As for me, well. This has been a dream job, and though it's time to move on, it's awfully hard to leave, and I'm grateful to you all for reading, writing, re-Tweeting, detracting, and however else you chose to react. Special thanks to Voice EIC Tony Ortega, all the stupendously talented writers I've worked with lo these last five years, and especially my SOTC cohorts, Camille Dodero and Zach Baron. I'll be taking my leave on Friday, and Maura will join up shortly thereafter. Let us welcome her in song:


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24 comments
Dave Cromwell
Dave Cromwell

Will miss you, Rob. You are going to be hard to top. I will give Maura a chance, but she will have to impress me. No gimmes here.

DDB9000
DDB9000

Too bad you're going, Rob, and it sounds like Maura will be good, but...

You welcome her with Katy Perry? I wouldn't wish that kind of 'welcome' on my biggest enemy!

Kate R.
Kate R.

M. Johnston is an editor of the highest order. This is every which way positive.

Ethan Stanislawski
Ethan Stanislawski

Mazel tov Rob. You pretty much resurrected the paper's music section and made it the best music site the internet has to offer, and you couldn't have picked a better person to hand the keys to.

Ed
Ed

Congratulations on the new gig and baby. I will miss your reviews. My favorite of yours was the Lily Allen concert review a few years back where you wished for her sexual satisfaction. She apparently has gotten that and I hope you get creative satisfaction in your new position.

Myopinionmattersdammit
Myopinionmattersdammit

I dont know who she is but Im glad someone is getting a job. With unemployment being so high as it is a cant playa hate someone for moving up in the world.Although I did hear a news report that stated that digital/online publications are hiring as much as old school print publications are laying people off.

18yearold
18yearold

What's the Voice? Is that the version of this blog that's made out of paper?

IamLiamGrant
IamLiamGrant

Anyone else upset that the Voice has lost Robbins and Harvilla in less than 3 months? Don't mean to be negative but this doesn't seem like all good news to me (at least not *for* me).

Nicole K.
Nicole K.

I am going to dedicate "Lips of Angel" to you, Rob. Godspeed.

Sjskladany
Sjskladany

GOOD LUCK ROB! Maybe you'll bump into Nancy Pelosi looking through the U2 albums somewhere in San Francisco. Uncle Steve

Nic Musolino
Nic Musolino

So happy I'm going to comment under my real name!

Shawn
Shawn

There aren't enough Like buttons on all of the Internetz for me to click in response to this news.

Molly
Molly

Congratulations, Maura! Good luck, Rob!

Reed Fischer
Reed Fischer

This is very good news for everyone. Congrats.

LK
LK

This is the best news I've heard all day.

oedipa
oedipa

No, losing Harvilla is the best thing that has ever happened. Good riddance.

Alex M
Alex M

Way to go, Ryan!

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