Michael Crystal resigned Tuesday as publisher of the Chicago Reader. It was a job he'd held through four-plus complicated years. During that time the print edition was redesigned twice, the company was sold by its original owners to Creative Loafing Inc. of Tampa, and the staff was reduced by roughly half. The process of reinvention Crystal oversaw continues: this week the paper launches a pullout music section and some more design updates.
The interim publisher is Kirk MacDonald, who, in addition to being COO of Creative Loafing, runs a marketing firm in Denver.