New Orleans’ Jim Amoss steps down after a 41-year career

We're sure glad the house-painting gig didn't work out. After graduating from Yale in 1969, New Orleans native Jim Amoss tried his hand at painting houses. Later,  after being turned down for a job at the city's two newspapers, The Times-Picayune and The States-Item,  States-Item city editor Bill Madden suggested that Amoss try to get a job "on the wires." "I thought he meant that I should look into becoming an electrician," Amoss said. In 1974, Amoss became a reporter at The States-Item and, 16 years later, was named editor of The Times-Picayune. Amoss remained at the helm during the creation of the NOLA Media Group and the birth of the news organization's digital focus. Today, NOLA.com serves an average 7 million unique visitors per month. More than anything, it was Hurricane Katrina that defined Jim Amoss' tenure. Through hell [...]