Alternative newspaper Nuvo names new editor

Laura McPhee is back for a second tour at Nuvo Newsweekly, this time as editor.

McPhee, who was senior writer and news editor at Nuvo from 2004 to 2011, is replacing Katherine Coplen, who is relocating to Washington, D.C., as the publication’s editor. McPhee's first day back at Nuvo was Tuesday.

McPhee earned more than a dozen first-place awards for investigative and social justice reporting from the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists, according to Nuvo Publisher Kevin McKinney. Her return to Nuvo signals a renewed commitment to that type of reporting at the city’s alternative weekly newspaper, McKinney added.

“Laura brings just the skills we need to help Nuvo become even more useful to our community,” McKinney said in written remarks.

Since leaving Nuvo in 2011, McPhee has worked as a freelance writer and editor. In 2014, she started Pen and Pink Vintage, a small business that makes and sells handmade books. The business evolved into a vintage book store, which in 2016 was named "Best New Book Shop" by Indianapolis Monthly.

"Reestablishing a city news desk that covers issues most relevant to our readers is priority one,” McPhee said of her plans at Nuvo. “I'm eager to cover local and state politics once again, as well as lead an editorial team committed to telling stories that matter most to our community.”

Nuvo, a free publication, has a weekly print circulation of 26,000.

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