It’s a momentous week for the Colorlines team, as we say a bittersweet goodbye to an old friend, and offer a hearty welcome home to another.
As any regular Colorlines reader knows, Jorge Rivas has been part of the DNA of this publication and our community since–well, before it existed in this form. Back when our online presence was primarily a single news blog, Racewire, Jorge was one of our leading voices. In 2010, when we relaunched Colorlines magazine as Colorlines.com, turning a quarterly print publication into a daily news beast, we leaned heavily on Jorge’s many skills to get us pointed in the right direction. Since then, he’s been in the mix doing just about everything–providing pop culture coverage that’s as fun as it is insightful; shooting and editing gorgeous video; developing reader polls and chats and other interactive features; laying out beautiful pages; and even fending off malware attacks. I don’t oversate the point in saying that Colorlines.com would not exist without Jorge’s extraordinary efforts to make it so.
Today we bid him a sad, but excited farewell. Jorge will be joining one of the most buzzed about projects in news media today–Fusion, a joint project of ABC News and Univision that is launching formally later this year. While we hate to see him leave, we’re thrilled to know he’ll be bringing the same racial justice lens he created at Colorlines to this exciting new effort in cable news.
Also today, we welcome home one of our favorite contributors, Aura Bogado. Aura will be joining the Colorlines team as a news editor and reporter, and we’re thrilled to be able to bring her voice to the site daily. As a Colorlines editorial fellow, Aura helped lead our Voting Rights Watch project in 2012. As a both an editor and an investigative reporter, her coverage of immigration, Native communities and progressive organizing, among other things, has been groundbreaking and eye-opening. We are delighted to welcome her back to the team fulltime.
We’ll be adding more new contributors throughout the year, and expanding our coverage of culture, both high and low, later in the summer. More on all that soon. For now, join us in thanking Jorge for his incredible contributions–and in welcoming Aura as we look forward to many great stories to come.