Kit Rachlis

Senior Fellow

Kit Rachlis

Kit Rachlis is the editor of the Washington, D.C. based, political magazine The American Prospect and an award-winning editor who spent nearly a decade as editor-in-chief of Los Angeles magazine. Under his leadership, Los Angeles received seven nominations for National Magazine Awards and won 39 gold medals from the City and Regional Magazine Association. He previously served as music editor and arts editor of the Boston Phoenix, arts and executive editor of The Village Voice, editor-in-chief of LA Weekly and Senior Projects Editor at the Los Angeles Times.

While at the Los Angeles Times, he edited articles that variously went on to win a Pulitzer Prize, the Ernie Pyle Award and the Livingston Award. Rachlis has served on the boards of the Association of Alternative Newspapers, PEN USA and the American Society of Magazine Editors. His writing has appeared in several anthologies, including The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock and Roll (1992) and, most recently, Empty Nest: 31 Parents Tell the Truth About Relationships, Love, and Freedom After the Kids Fly the Coop (2008). Born in Paris and raised in New York City, Rachlis earned a B.A. in American studies from Yale University in 1975.

As a senior fellow, Rachlis helps lead a series of discussions and projects on the arts, politics and society.

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Kit Rachlis In the News

American Prospect editor and senior fellow Kit Rachlis was cited in an article on Investigative Fund regarding the hiring of celebrated journalist and author Bob Moser as the executive editor of the Prospect.

Senior Fellow Kit Rachlis is profiled in an article in the Los Angeles Times. Rachlis, during his time as editor-in-chief of the publication, is credited for the building of the Los Angeles Magazine of the 1980's which was viewed as "a lot of fluff and nonsense and fun," to being built as a reliable and award-winning magazine.

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