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Karen Brooks Named Portland Monthly Food Editor (Updated With Quote From Brooks)

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Breaking news: "Portland Monthly is pleased to announce that the accomplished food and popular culture writer, Karen Brooks, will be the magazine’s new restaurant critic and food editor" — so says a post on Portland Monthly's Portland Plated food blog.

“Over the last decade, Portland has become one the most important food cities in the country, and Karen Brooks has been there reporting, supporting, and cajoling the scene every step of the way,” says Portland Monthly’s editor in chief, Randy Gragg (who, coincidentally used to work for Brooks when she was an editor at The Oregonian).

The magazine’s current food columnist and blogger, Mike Thelin, (who posted this bit of newsie news) will shift to writing “Savor,” the magazine’s monthly cooking column. Brooks and Thelin will collaborate on the magazine’s Best Restaurants issue in November, according to Gragg.

UPDATE: 1:20 pm, Monday, June 14: Here is what Karen Brooks has to say about her new position at the monthly: "I look forward to reviewing, chewing, dishing and continuing to define what makes Portland the country's most vibrant food city."
· All Previous Karen Brooks Coverage [Eater PDX]