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¡Ask a Mexican! Turns 10new

Gustavo Arellano's ¡Ask a Mexican! column began humbly in OC Weekly ten years ago this week.
LA Observed  |  11-13-2014  11:40 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Former Weekly Alibi Staffers Launch Nonprofit News Websitenew

Marisa Demarco and Margaret Wright — former editors at Albuquerque's Weekly Alibi — launched the New Mexico Compass last month.
Santa Fe Reporter  |  01-03-2013  4:03 pm  |  Industry News

Weekly Alibi Editor Laura Marrich Departsnew

Marrich was named editor of the Albuquerque alt-weekly in 2009.
Alibi.com  |  08-16-2012  4:12 pm  |  Industry News

Weekly Alibi's Newspaper Boxes Get Makeovernew

Albuquerque artists showered the Weekly Alibi with sketches and digital renderings of how they'd redesign the paper's distribution boxes.
Weekly Alibi  |  08-29-2011  11:00 am  |  Industry News

The Mexican Asks a New Mexicannew

Albuquerque's The Alibi turned the tables on Gustavo Arellano, the columnist behind the racy ¡Ask a Mexican! column. The paper challenged Arellano to ask a New Mexican, and the result, he says, was "brilliant." Joseph Baca, a wine writer and native of the state, answered questions on Santo Niño de Atocha, curanderas, chile and Hispanos. "That Baca guy has a future outside of vacas!," Arellano says.
The Alibi  |  03-18-2010  10:06 am  |  Industry News

Alt-Weeklies Pick Up Some Wins at the 2009 'Sexies' Awardsnew

The Sex-Positive Journalism Awards have announced the winners of the 2009 Sexies, the annual awards that go to stories that "improve the quality of dialogue around sex and create a more well-informed reading public." Seven Days' Judith Levine took home a first-place win in the Opinion category, where she also tied for second place with a Village Voice piece by Tristan Taormino. Amanda Hess of Washington City Paper picked up a third-place win in the Columns category for "The Sexist," while in the News/Features (Alt-Weeklies, Monthlies) category the Alibi's Marisa Demarco placed third and Rich Kane (OC Weekly) and Michael J. Mooney (New Times Broward-Palm Beach) both were named runners-up.
The Sex-Positive Journalism Awards  |  01-22-2010  9:23 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Weekly Alibi Goes Local for Gift Guide

Albuquerque's Weekly Alibi took a novel approach to the grind of holiday gift guides afflicting most alt-weeklies this time of year, interviewing local crafters and folks with fledgling cottage industries, most of them undiscovered in their own hometown, in an attempt to translate the locavore movement to holiday shopping. Check out the package here. (FULL STORY)
Weekly Alibi Press Release  |  12-01-2009  8:59 am  |  Press Releases

Weekly Alibi Gets New Editor

Laura Marrich, who started at the Weekly Alibi as an intern in 2003, takes over the editor-in-chief role today, filling the shoes of Christie Chisholm, who is leaving the paper to pursue work as an independent journalist. Marrich will continue to edit the food section, while Jessica Cassyle Carr will take over the music section from her. Marisa Demarco, who is already the paper's news editor, will also take the title of managing editor. "Laura is a born leader with seemingly boundless reservoirs of energy, humor and creativity that energize everyone around her," Alibi publisher Carl Petersen says in a statement. "She will no doubt shine all the brighter as editor." (FULL STORY)
Weekly Alibi Press Release  |  11-02-2009  8:58 am  |  Press Releases

Albuquerque Police Turn to Alt-Weekly to Find New Snitchesnew

An ad placed by the Albuquerque Police Department this week in The Alibi asks "people who hang out with crooks" to do part-time work for the police, the AP reports. The ad reads, in part: "Make some extra cash! Drug use and criminal record OK." Capt. Joe Hudson says the department received more than 30 responses in two days.
The Associated Press via the Star Tribune  |  11-24-2008  9:10 am  |  Industry News

Letter in Alibi Leads VA Nurse to First Amendment Awardnew

The PEN American Center named Laura Berg as the recipient of this year's prestigious PEN/Katherine Anne Porter First Amendment Award. Berg, who faced a sedition investigation after writing a letter to the editor of the Alibi criticizing the Bush Administration's handling of Hurricane Katrina and the Iraq War, will receive the $10,000 prize at a gala tonight in New York City. "When Laura Berg sat down to write her letter to the editor, she was enacting her most basic constitutional right and affirming our national faith that exercising this right is an act of patriotism and civic engagement," PEN Freedom to Write program director Larry Siems says in a release. "That her letter was greeted instead as a threat to overthrow the government shows just how far we deviated from our national values in the years following 9/11." The New York Times applauded the PEN Center's decision, editorializing this weekend that Berg was "well chosen" to receive award.
The PEN American Center | The New York Times  |  04-28-2008  8:50 am  |  Industry News

Alibi Turns 15, Redesigns, Loses Editornew

The Albuquerque alt-weekly celebrates it's quinceañera by tracing its history from Oct. 9, 1992: the 12-page, black-and-white debut as NuCity, threats of a lawsuit from Chicago's Newcity, the name change to the Weekly Alibi, all the way to, well, this week's 15th anniversary issue and a newly unveiled print redesign. But it's not all good news in Duke City: editor Steven Robert Allen is leaving the paper on Oct. 1 to become executive director of Common Cause New Mexico. "I fully expect the paper's best days are ahead of it," he writes in a farewell column. "That's one reason why I don't mind making an exit, not too much, anyway. To tell you the truth, I'm eager to just be an ordinary reader, to pick up the Alibi on Thursday from one of those ubiquitous blue metal boxes, just like everyone else, and take a peek inside."
Alibi  |  09-21-2007  3:56 pm  |  Industry News

Man Suspended From Work for Sharing 'Ask a Mexican'new

Richard Diefenbach read Gustavo Arellano's syndicated column for the first time in the Weekly Alibi, while on vacation in Albuquerque. He was so enthused with the column -- which that week addressed readers' questions about "the Mexican love affair with chicken and similarities between Mexicans and the Irish," according to Arellano -- that when he returned to work in his hometown of Newport, Ore., he printed a copy and gave it to a Mexican-American co-worker. The following day Diefenbach was suspended from work for five days without pay, accused of racial discrimination and sexual harassment.
OC Weekly  |  01-09-2007  5:13 pm  |  Industry News

Weekly Alibi Asks a Mexican, Hears From Readers

After picking up OC Weekly's syndicated "Ask a Mexican" column, Editor Steven Robert Allen writes, the newspaper received "plenty of positive responses" but also "lots of angry calls and e-mails from people -- both Latinos and Anglos -- saying [the column is] promoting hate speech and negative racial stereotypes." Allen interviews the author, Gustavo Arellano, about the column's genesis and subsequent fallout. "Especially during these times, which are so contentious and fraught with animosity, when you have a column that's addressing these issues, not in a namby-pamby way but as blisteringly as possible, people want to read that," Arellano says.
05-04-2006  11:22 am  |  Industry News