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As managing editor for life and entertainment, Trujillo succeeds Alison Maxwell, who recently left USA TODAY to become executive editor of SurvivorNet.
Trujillo said she’s eager to work closely with the other publications in the USA TODAY Network, which includes more than 250 dailies and several hundred weeklies.
“There is no other news organization with its resources and talent across the country, often living in the communities we write about,” she said. “We don’t write as outsiders, but as people who understand the issues, the people, the communities.”
Joining the leadership team for the Life and Entertainment staff are deputy managing editor Kim Willis and Andrea Mandell, who has been promoted to deputy managing editor after previously serving as West Coast entertainment editor.
“With Laura’s passion for storytelling, life and entertainment news – along with the leadership of Kim and Andrea – this is an incredibly talented team to lead our coverage to help inform, entertain and guide our readers,” said Kristen Go, executive editor of news and initiatives.
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