Karen Ocamb joins The Los Angeles Blade as full-time News Editor. (Photo provided by Karen Ocamb)

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Los Angeles Blade names Karen Ocamb news editor

By Troy Masters

July 31, 2017

The Los Angeles Blade, the city’s only LGBT-owned and operated newspaper, announced today the hiring of Karen Ocamb as the newspaper’s full-time news editor.

“We are excited to bring Karen’s unparalleled knowledge of Los Angeles and the LGBT community to the Blade,” said Troy Masters, the newspaper’s publisher. “Karen knows the community and the issues like no other journalist.”

The Los Angeles Blade is the sister publication of the Washington Blade, the nation’s oldest and most acclaimed LGBT newspaper. The Los Angeles Blade covers local LGBT news and entertainment and features national and international coverage from the Washington Blade’s award-winning reporting team.

“As a professional journalist for the LGBT press since 1988, I have long admired the dedication of the publishers and staff at The Washington Blade,” Ocamb said. “I was extraordinarily pleased, therefore, when Troy Masters asked me if I wanted to join him in creating a sister publication. I am humbled at the honor of being of service to our LGBT community as news editor at the Los Angeles Blade.”

Ocamb’s first day on the job was July 31. In her new role, she will continue to report on issues affecting LA’s LGBT community as well as edit the news section, oversee freelance contributors and other duties.

Ocamb is an award-winning journalist with more than 40 years of experience. She ended her 10-year career at CBS News as the producer of the 1984 Olympics for CBS affiliates at TV City in Los Angeles. She started her freelance writing career for the gay press in the late 1980s after a number of friends died from AIDS and has covered almost every major LGBT-related event since then.

Ocamb joined the staff of IN Los Angeles Magazine in 2002 and was promoted to news editor when IN merged with Frontiers Media. In 2007, she started blogging at The Bilerico Project and the Huffington Post and soon thereafter created her own blog, LGBT POV. Ocamb has had her own talk show on Century Cable, has written for and been quoted in several books and magazines, appeared as a pundit on local and national television and radio shows, regularly contributed to Sirius/XM OutQ News and wrote a tabletop book on the Victory Fund. She served on the board of the LA Press Club for several years. She lives in West Hollywood with her two rescue dogs, Pepper and DeeJ.

The Los Angeles Blade, launched in March 2017 has grown steadily and includes among its roster of advertisers every major professional sports team in Los Angeles, the LGBT non-profit sector, travel, pharmaceuticals, home goods, local service advertisers and more.

Founded in 1969, the Washington Blade is the nation’s first LGBT newspaper, which the New York Times dubbed the “newspaper of record for the LGBT community.”