1:12 pm Sep. 7, 20124
Latest change to The New York Observer's masthead: Foster Kamer is leaving the paper for a job at Complex, the hip-hop-infused lifestyle magazine and website founded by Mark Ecko in 2002.
Kamer, who's bounced around over the past few years between a variety of titles, including Esquire, The Village Voice and Gawker, will be a senior editor—same as his title at the Observer—focusing mostly on the online side of the operation, which has grown its unique visitors to 10 million a month as of August from 2.3 million the same time last year, said Complex editor-in-chief Noah Callahan-Bever, citing Google Analytics.
"The acquisition of talent like Foster is our investment in continuing this trajectory in 2013," he wrote in an email to Capital. "I've known Foster and admired his work for years now, and am confident that his razor sharp writing and tireless reporting will add a dynamic element to our already well-rounded and talented staff."
"Noah and I went out for drinks," said Kamer, "and it became evident pretty quickly that we were both on the same page on what we really love to do with media, and the ways we think we could do it better. But I'm sad to leave this place, and I want to make it clear this has nothing to do with [Observer editor Aaron] Gell, who's been my editor while I was here, and who helped me turn out some of the most personally rewarding pieces I've ever had the opportunity to write."
Kamer said he may write for the Observer on a freelance basis in the future.
Meanwhile, a few other Observer staffers are also on the way out the door.
Last week, Tina Brown announced that she had recruited political reporter David Freedlander to join Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Laura Griffin, who edits The Observer's party and society vertical, Velvet Roper, is leaving as well, she informed colleagues in an email on Thursday, saying: "The opportunity to work with every single one of you was an honor and a pleasure, truly."
Of course a little bit of churn is to be expected whenever a publication's editorship changes hands, as The Observer's did last month following the resignation of Elizabeth Spiers, who was succeeded by Gell, her no. 2.
UPDATE: Gell's deputy editor, Brian Gallagher, is also leaving.
From his memo to staff this afternoon:
It is with a heavy heart that I tell you that I am leaving The New York Observer. My lovely girlfriend is taking a job in Seattle and it seems fitting for me to join her. I'll be working on a book proposal that I've had brewing for some now, and doing some other writing as well. I'll still be contributing to the paper.
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