Award-winning journalist Gene Maddaus, who covered local politics, public policy, crime and other subjects at L.A. Weekly for the past six years, is joining Variety as senior media reporter.
Drawing on his investigative skills, Maddaus will write about the intersection between sports, politics, technology, city issues and Hollywood as well write in-depth profiles on the companies and power players across the entertainment and media industries. He will report to Variety’s co-editors-in-chief Claudia Eller and Andrew Wallenstein. He begins at Variety on May 2.
“Andy and I are so thrilled that someone with Gene’s experience, instincts, skills and guts is joining our team,” said Eller. “It is a major coup that we landed such a talented and fearless reporter and we can’t wait until he comes aboard next month to work with our great team.”
At L.A. Weekly, Maddaus wrote dozens of cover stories, including hard-hitting pieces on the Sheriff’s Department, the county assessor’s office and the campaigns for mayor and district attorney.
He also wrote about organized crime, profiled major players in the L.A. tech industry and uncovered scandals in Hollywood. Most recently, his work uncovering the causes of the Porter Ranch gas leak led to legislation to tighten natural gas regulations.
He was twice named Journalist of the Year by the L.A. Press Club, which also awarded him a first place honor for Hard News in 2013.
Maddaus has been a reporter for 15 years. Before joining the Weekly, he worked at the Daily Breeze and the Pasadena Star-News. He is a graduate of Syracuse University, and lives in Culver City.