New Times Changes Up Food Team

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For more than a decade, New Times has offered South Florida's most extensive food coverage. From our food blogs -- Short Order and Clean Plate Charlie -- to the Voice Places directory of restaurants to our weekly reviews, the coverage equals or betters any in the American Southeast. Journalism awards have certified this. 

But times are changing and digital coverage is becoming increasingly important. So we have a new team to handle this. Gone is food critic Lee Klein, who has long been the dean of South Florida restaurant reviewers. He's a genius, and I will miss him.

A corps of folks -- past and present contributors -- will take his place. Laine Doss, a longtime freelancer, will take on a full-time staff roll as food and spirits reporter -- and leader of our online efforts. Alex Rodriguez, a contributor to Short Order, moves into the assistant web editor role.

Restaurant criticism will be offered by several writers with years of food experience. Among them are Emily Codik, a Duke graduate with more than a decade of restaurant experience; Lesley Elliott, who has written many reviews for us in the past; Zach Fagenson, a local journalism and food stalwart; and Bill Citara, who writes our food newsletter and was once a San Francisco Examiner reviewer.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at chuck.strouse@miaminewtimes.com.

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