A new era at the Straight: Meet our new editor-in-chief

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      For the past nine months, our team has been working hard to revitalize the Straight. And it hasn’t been an easy task: with 55 years of history, this isn’t some new thing we can mess around with and find out what happens.

      We started with refocusing on arts and events—something that has been part of the Straight’s DNA for as long as we can remember. Then we brought back our beloved print edition, which you can find monthly in Straight boxes around town. At the same time, we launched our weekly email newsletter, bringing you a curated look at what’s happening. 

      Today, we’re thrilled to take the next step in our journey under the leadership and direction of our new Editor-in-Chief, Sara Harowitz.

      “For more than half a century, the Straight has been part of the fabric of our community, from award-winning editorial to some of the city’s biggest awards and festivals. We’re excited for this new era at The Straight, and to welcome Sara at the helm,” says Farhan Mohamed, CEO of Overstory Media Group, which owns the Straight. “Vancouver is filled with young, talented individuals wanting to build this city into a more connected, thriving ecosystem. There’s endless potential here, and we know it. It’s time to start shooting for the moon.”

      Growing up in Richmond and now calling Mount Pleasant home, Sara comes to us with over a decade of experience in the media and journalism space; she’s held editorial positions at SAD Mag and Montecristo Magazine, and has written for publications including Maisonneuve, The Huffington Post, Hazlitt, The Globe & Mail, The Province, and Well+Good. She’s a journalism school grad (TMU, formerly Ryerson) and has been both a nominee and a judge for the National Magazine Awards.

      The Georgia Straight is a legendary media brand with incredible history, and I’m both energized and humbled to be joining its masthead,” Sara says. “This publication has survived for so many decades because of its singular perspective on what it means to be an engaged cultural citizen of Vancouver. I’m excited to work with the team to make the Straight our city’s must-read publication once more—and to make it the publication that Vancouver deserves.”

      “Since taking over the Straight last fall, we’ve been working with community leaders in the arts and culture space to help bring this institution into the new world and ready it for the next generation,” says Stephen Smysnuik, publisher of the Straight. “Adding Sara to the team, we’re ready to start running and doing what’s right for both the Straight and Vancouverites.”

      So what does this mean for you? Ultimately, more.

      We’ll still be offering the same great arts and events coverage that you’ve always expected from us, and the same thoughtful, curious cultural commentary about Vancouver and its place in the world. Except now you can expect a lot more of it.

      We want you to think of us as your local guide—the one who’s always in the know, who always has a great restaurant recommendation and a genius last-minute date idea. The one you can depend on to help you discover the best of our community, and also uncover the things that need talking about.

      We’ll get there together. This is just the start.

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