Variety has hired Ricardo Lopez from the Minneapolis Star Tribune to cover the film business.
A story on its website states, “Lopez will soon be moving to Los Angeles to start his new job as a film reporter on May 22.
“‘This is a journalist who is a tenacious, highly skilled digger, reporter and writer and I have no doubts that he will make his mark in entertainment coverage in no time,’ says Variety co-editor-in-chief Claudia Eller, to whom Lopez will report.
“At the Star Tribune, he covered the state budget and education politics, specializing in impactful, in-depth accountability journalism. He was most recently promoted to lead coverage of Gov. Mark Dayton and his administration, one of the paper’s most important beats.
“His work was nominated for an Editor’s Award for beat reporting. Among those stories was one showing the influence of a major political donor in the killing of a payday-lending reform bill.
“Lopez developed a track record covering a highly-competitive beat of regular scoops, deeply-reported breaking news stories and thoughtful enterprise features.”
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