KCRW hired OC Weekly editor Gustavo Arellano as a contributor to the public radio station production of "All Things Considered."
Arellano, who for the last seven years has appeared as guest on the station's "Good Food" show, will begin a weekly feature on Orange County news starting Dec. 10.
"KCRW was looking for someone who could shine a bright light on this sprawling, diverse and vitally important region of Southern California, and we are happy to have Gustavo as a guide," Gary Scott, the NPR-affiliate's news program director, said in a statement. "Gustavo is smart, he's dogged, he's funny … and he's occasionally outrageous — but he's more passionate and plugged in than just about anyone you'll ever meet."
Arellano also writes the nationally syndicated column “¡Ask a Mexican!," answering question about his ethnicity. The feature, which appears in OC Weekly and 38 other newspapers across the country, won the 2006 and 2008 Association of Alternative Weeklies award for best column.
"Orange County is virtually virgin territory in the Southern California media landscape, and my colleagues at the OC Weekly and I have been a lone voice in the wilderness proclaiming its glories and controversies for years,” Arellano said in a statement. “I'm thrilled that KCRW has assigned me to be their guide to this strange land, especially after having collaborated with them for years on 'Good Food.'”