Four changes to the Mammoth Times staff were announced this week by publisher and editor-in-chief Aleksandra Gajewski.
George Shirk, currently news editor of the Times and Managing Editor of Mammoth Sierra Magazine, was named Managing Editor across the suite of the newspaper company’s publications.
Concurrently, Tiffany Tyree was named business manager, while Lesley-Anne Hoxie was named business assistant/classified sales representative. Finally, Alex Garcia assumes the duties of editorial assistant.
“We’re psyched to put these changes into place,” Gajewski said. “We have a good team here, and these moves reinforce that.
“Our goal is to provide an unvarnished window into Mammoth and the Eastern Sierra for readers who love this place but who can’t be here, and also provide to our residents a mirror to reinforce the reasons why we chose to live in this amazing place.”
Shirk, 60, is a native Iowan who has reported for the Des Moines Register and Tribune; the Philadelphia Inquirer; the San Jose Mercury News; and the San Francisco Chronicle. A member of the Outdoors Writers Association of California, his credits also include the New York Times and United Airlines Hemisphere magazine.
He was news and content editor of
SFGate.com, the online branch of the Chronicle, and editor-in-chief of Wired News, the online branch of Wired magazine in San Francisco. He was a co-founder and editor-in-chief of Mammoth Monthly magazine (2002-07). Shirk joined the Times staff in 2010.
Tyree, 26, is a native Seattleite and a longtime Montanan who arrived in Mammoth via Fairbanks, Alaska. She takes over the business management duties from Teresa Aragon, who moved from the Eastern Sierra with her husband, Jim, to the Palm Springs/Indio area.
Hoxie, 27, is a native of Del Mar. In addition to her business duties, she will write about performing arts for the editorial side of the newspaper and magazine.
Garcia, 23, is a native of the Bay Area Peninsula (Burlingame). He studied communications at San Diego State University. An adept professional in social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), Garcia also has a knack for digital videography and computer networking.
They all are part of a staff that includes Carolina Aguero, director of advertising; Jesse Barlet, graphic designer/photographer; and Wendilyn Grasseschi, staff writer and author of “Go On, Get Out There,” a highly personal guide to the Eastern Sierra backcountry and Death Valley.
Editorial and business changes go into effect