WEHO TIMES, the West Hollywood news, arts and LGBT culture online magazine is under new leadership. Los Angeles writer, photographer, and LGBT advocate Paulo Murillo has taken the helm of WEHO Times as Editor in Chief and Publisher. The online publication will now operate under the Murillo Media, LLC banner.
Longtime West Hollywood resident, WEHO TIMES Founder and publisher emeritus, Marco Colantonio, has stepped down as publisher to focus his energies as a property manager and realtor at W&D Properties. He hopes to continue serving the West Hollywood community as a commissioner, or serve in an advisory board for the city in the near future.
Murillo started as a contributing writer for WEHO TIMES in 2017 and took on the role of Managing Editor in the summer of that year. He brings close to 20 years of experience in LGBT media and more than two decades as a West Hollywood resident to his new position. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. The popular bi-weekly column was a staple of FAB! from 1998 until the newspaper folded in 2006.
Murillo’s work has appeared in numerous print and online publications. He was a contributor to LGBT magazine IN Los Angeles, where he covered several WeHo events. He is known to some audiences as the writer of the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers Magazine, in which he covered news and local events in the City of West Hollywood. In addition to reporting and photographing local news stories, he also profiled West Hollywood politicians and interviewed WeHo residents about a range of topics affecting the community. His recent work has been published in the Los Angeles Blade and his articles, essays and photographs can also be seen on the pages of THE FIGHT Magazine. He started “The Share” feature for THE FIGHT which spotlights members of the Los Angeles recovery community who share about their sober journey.
“I am very excited about the growing success of WEHO TIMES. And I also wake up in the middle of the night terrified by all the work ahead of me,” Murillo joked of his new leadership role as editor and publisher. “WEHO TIMES will allow me to continue doing what I’ve done for more years than I care to mention. I get to stay connected to the city I love and bring a different perspectives to covering the news, the people, and the places that make the city of West Hollywood and its surrounding area so amazing. I’m extremely grateful to so many, but a special thanks to Marco Colantonio for his leadership, collaboration and endless support of me personally and professionally throughout this venture.”
“Managing properties is my full time job and pays the rent,” said Colantonio of the transition. “WEHO TIMES started out as a part-time passion project, but turned into a socially impactful and respected voice for our city that has reached as many as 125,000 people in a single day. I realize for a voice to get louder and thrive in relevance, it requires a full time, talented and dedicated publisher at the helm. That publisher is Paulo Murillo.”
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