As a food critic for the Mountain Xpress, Hannah Raskin ruffled some feathers but also helped put Asheville’s food scene on the map. Raskin moved on to TheDallas Observer and then moved to the Seattle Weekly in 2011.
From eater.com on Raskin:
Back in January, Seattle Weekly was acquired by Sound Publishing— a publisher of 38 titles in Washington state — from Voice Media Group, and this is one of the changes in editorial direction by the new owner. Eater reached out to Seattle Weekly’s Editor in Chief Mark Baumgarten who provided a statement. It read, in part: “As we shift the structure of Seattle Weekly following a change in ownership and editorial leadership, the Food Critic position is being eliminated to make room for a Food + Drink Editor position … Because of this change and Hanna’s desire to remain focused on food writing, she has decided to leave the ranks of Seattle Weekly’s full-time editorial staff.”
Click over to read the full story, another indication of what eater.com says is an ongoing trend of newspapers scaling back operations and getting rid of food criticism.