Kit Rachlis was born in Paris and raised in New York City. He earned a BA in American Studies from Yale in 1975. He has served as arts editor of the Boston Phoenix, executive editor of The Village Voice, editor-in-chief of the LA Weekly, and senior projects editor at the Los Angeles Times. From 2000 to 2009, he was editor-in-chief of Los Angeles magazine; during his tenure, the magazine received eight nominations for National Magazine Awards and won thirty-nine gold medals from the City and Regional Magazine Association, two James Beard awards, a Casey Medal, and numerous other awards. While at the Los Angeles Times, he edited articles that went on to win a Pulitzer Prize, the Ernie Pyle Award, and the Livingston Award, among others. His writing has appeared in several anthologies, most recently Empty Nest: 31 Parents Tell the Truth About Relationships, Love, and Freedom After the Kids Fly the Coop. He is currently a senior fellow at the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy at USC's Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.