The Voice, founded in 1955 by Norman Mailer in New York's Greenwich Village, has been going through a period of turmoil since it was merged into New Times Media, a Phoenix company that owns a string of free weeklies. Erik Wemple becomes the Voice's fourth editor in seven months, the New York Times reported.
Wemple, a native of Schenectady, N.Y., has spent most of his career at the Washington City Paper as a writer and editor with short intervals at an on-line publication and at Cable World Magazine.
In a telephone interview with the Times, Wemple acknowledged that he is not familiar with Manhattan and has not even been a regular reader of the Voice. But Michael Lacey, the executive editor of Village Voice Media, called him "just a really smart guy" and said he has the breadth of experience the Voice editor needs.
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