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Wood Named Editor at Ms. Magazine

July 9, 2002

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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Ms. magazine named Tracy Wood, an award-winning investigative journalist to lead the publication under its new owner, the Feminist Majority Foundation.

Wood was named editor-in-chief of the 31-year-old publication Monday by foundation chair Peg Yorkin.

Wood was most recently investigations editor for the Orange County Register. Her career includes 17 years as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, where she reported on the Rodney King beating, the 1992 Los Angeles riots and other stories.

Wood was a combat correspondent in Vietnam for United Press International and held various other reporting and editing roles for the wire service throughout Asia before returning to the United States in 1976.

She also is co-author of ``War Torn: Stories of War from the Women Reporters who Covered Vietnam,″ which will be published in August by Random House, and is completing another novel.

``With a seasoned investigative reporter and editor at the helm, Ms. can expose news in a way that makes news,″ said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation. ``That’s the ultimate goal.″

The group that rescued Ms. in 1998 transferred ownership to the Feminist Majority Foundation last November.

The magazine moved its editorial offices to Los Angeles. Gloria Steinem, who co-founded the magazine in 1971, now serves as a consulting editor.

The magazine is expected to publish its first issue under its new owners this fall.

Wood said Ms. plans to feature investigative pieces as well as expand its tradition of publishing profiles and works from new fiction writers.

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