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WCT's Andrew Davis moves to The TRiiBE, Matt Simonette named WCT Executive Editor
Windy City Times news release
2022-11-01

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Longtime Windy City Times executive editor Andrew Davis is stepping down from his post to take a new full-time role as digital news editor of The TRiiBE, an outlet that is working to reshape the narrative of Black Chicago. Matt Simonette, WCT's longtime managing editor, will become the new executive editor.

Davis started as a freelancer covering the internet for Outlines and BLACKlines LGBTQ+ newspapers in 1995. Those publications later were merged with Windy City Times, when WCT co-founder Tracy Baim purchased WCT back from her co-founder, Jeff McCourt, in 2000.

Davis moved up to full-time reporter in 2004, then became managing editor, and finally executive editor in 2018. Simonette started freelancing for WCT in early 2013, and later that year he became a full-time reporter.

"Andrew Davis has been a critical contributor to the LGBTQ+ media landscape in Chicago," said Baim. "For almost 30 years, it has been my pleasure to have such a dedicated colleague who cares so deeply about all parts of our community. I am sure he will bring that same passion to the incredible work of The TRiiBE. We know Andrew will continue to write for WCT in some ways, and we are grateful for all his years of writing and editing for our team."

"What a journey my time with Windy City Times has been," Davis said. "I cannot thank Tracy Baim enough for taking this neophyte and teaching me so much about journalism—and life. While I eagerly look forward to the next chapter in my life with The TRiiBE as a digital news editor, I am a bit sad about leaving Windy City Times. However, I know that Matt Simonette will do an excellent job as the media outlet's newest executive editor."

"Andrew has been a terrific friend and colleague for many years, so I will miss having him around at WCT," Simonette said. "At the same time, I'm excited he'll have this great new opportunity at The TRiiBE. I've been really grateful for my nine years with WCT, and am also to continue on as we navigate ever-changing media and political landscapes."

See more here: thetriibe.com/2022/11/the-triibe-names-andrew-davis-as-its-digital-news-editor/ .


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