Anita Varghese has been named news editor of The Argonaut, effective Saturday, October 1st.

She joined The Argonaut in March 2004 as a reporter and has been reporting on the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, the Los Angeles Unified School District, Santa Monica College, Loyola Marymount University, the City of Santa Monica, and local political news.

Previously, she was a general news reporter and copy editor for the Houston Chronicle, a daily newspaper in Houston, Texas.

Varghese was also a writing lab instructor, newsletter writer and editor, publicist, and special events planner.

She received a master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Texas and a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Houston.

A native of Houston, she lived in the Dallas area for three years before moving to Los Angeles in 2003.

“Anita has stepped in and taken over a large number of various news department tasks, including layout and photo production,” said Argonaut editor and publisher David Asper Johnson. “Both The Argonaut and the local community are fortunate to have access to her talent and dedication.

“In addition to being an outstanding reporter, she has already assumed many of the tasks required to get our news pages ready for the printer every week.

“Those in the community who have a news story they would like published in The Argonaut should call Anita directly at (310) 822-1629, ext. 112 or reach her by e-mail at”