SPIRIT, LET’S HEAR IT

It’s official. Eric Celeste is the new editor at Spirit magazine, and the press release to prove it follows. Also in the press release is the announcement that Rhonda Reinhart is the new managing editor. Rhonda used to work at the Dallas Observer. Saaayyyy, so did Eric. Hmm. And wasn’t there some music editor who used to work there who now works for American Way? Weird coincidences, I’m sure.

FOR RELEASE: Wednesday, July 20, 2005

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES SPIRIT® MAGAZINE
NAMES NEW EDITORS

FORT WORTH, Texas — Southwest Airlines Sprit® magazine recently welcomed two new editorial employees — Eric Celeste as editor and Rhonda Reinhart as managing editor.
A 15-year veteran journalist, Eric Celeste joins Spirit as editor after serving as a senior editor at American Way magazine. Prior to that, he’d held various editorial positions at D Magazine, the
Dallas Observer and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and was founding editor of the alternative weekly The Met.
Celeste comes home to roost with Spirit after writing his first major magazine profile on the Dixie Chicks for it eight years ago. He has won three Press Club of Dallas “Katie” awards for his writing, including one for a Spirit cover story “The Neverhood.” Last month he won a national first-place AAN Altweekly Award for media reporting.
Previously an editorial operations manager for the Dallas Observer, Rhonda Reinhart joins Spirit as managing editor. She held similar positions at The Huntsville Item and The Bryan-College Station Eagle.
Celeste reports to Spirit publisher, Susan Hicks. Reinhart reports to Celeste.

About Southwest Airlines Spirit® Magazine
An award-winning general-interest publication, Spirit is available in seatback pockets of every Southwest Airlines flight. The magazine explores a diverse array of subjects, including travel, pop culture, business, sports, health, and food and drink. Spirit offers accessible, relatable stories–from long features to short travel items–defined by first-rate journalism and a tone that is intelligent, but often witty, thoughtful but approachable, casual but enthusiastic.

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