Tate named associate

Laura Tate

publisher of The Malibu Times

By Bridget Graham-Gungoren / Special to The Malibu Times

The Malibu Times Editor Laura Tate has recently been named associate publisher of the weekly newspaper and bimonthly Malibu Times Magazine.

As editor, Tate has managed the overall production of the weekly newspaper since 2000, and in November 2003, oversaw the launch of the Malibu Times Magazine.

In addition to the responsibilities of editing and managing overall production of the newspaper and magazine, Tate has assumed leadership in day-to-day business decisions for both publications.

Tate was hired as a part-time associate editor in 2000, and quickly moved up the ladder to a full-time editorship position.

During the past five years, The Malibu Times, which has an average circulation of 12,000, transitioned from a mostly black-and-white publication to a full, four-color weekly and went from the “ancient form of paste-up” in production to a digitized version. The paper has grown in size, averaging 28 to 30 pages per week, compared to an average of 20 per week five years ago.

The Malibu Times Magazine has grown in size as well-from an average of 32 pages, with an initial circulation of 16,000, to an 84-page, bound-spine, glossy lifestyle magazine, featuring a variety of local hot-spot, shopping and fashion stories that also highlights local Malibu personalities. The Malibu Times Magazine currently has a circulation of 25,000 and is distributed throughout Malibu and surrounding communities.

Tate worked as a model and actress before returning to school and enrolling in journalism courses at UCLA Extension. She then completed the journalism program at Pierce College in Woodland Hills.

Under Tate’s leadership, the school’s paper received several prestigious awards including a General Excellence Award from JACC State. Tate also received several state competition writing awards.

A Los Angeles native, Tate attended high school in Santa Cruz. She lives with her family in Woodland Hills and spends her free time following her passion-tango dancing. She recently returned from a trip to Argentina, where she attended daily tango classes and danced until 5 a.m. every morning.