The national magazine of Texas is undergoing some major changes. Texas Monthly announced on March 1 that Tim Taliaferro, who served a tumultuous 16 months as editor in chief, will no longer edit the magazine. Instead, he will be transitioning into a new role as chief innovation officer.
Taking his place as interim editor in chief is Rich Oppel, former editor of the Austin American-Statesman. Oppel was named the magazine's ombudsman in February after the Columbia Journalism Review published a report that Taliaferro had allegedly struck a deal with Austin-based Bumble to feature the company's CEO on the February cover of Texas Monthly.
"Throughout its 45-year history, Texas Monthly has been known for its quality journalism and an ironclad commitment to editorial integrity," Oppel said in a release. "These changes will help the organization continue in that tradition and bring our excellent stories to an even larger audience through innovative new avenues."
Oppel will remain at the top of the masthead while "a comprehensive nationwide search is conducted for a new long-term editor." He assumes the position in May.
The magazine also announced the addition of two new hires: Carlos Sanchez as news and politics editor and Megan Creydt as digital managing editor.
In his new role as chief innovation officer, Taliaferro will be tasked with finding new ways to disseminate Texas Monthly's content across digital platforms, as well as video, podcasts, and events.
"The enthusiastic audience response to the fresh energy at Texas Monthly has been wonderful," said Paul Hobby, Texas Monthly's chairman and CEO. "Our iconic magazine is now surrounded by a suite of digital products and novel events that celebrate the cult of Texas with a smart, clear voice."