A hearty welcome to new Managing Editor Roger Slavens!

by Dave Etchells

posted Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 2:35 PM EST

At IR, overload is practically a constant of life: There always seem to be more worthy cameras than we can possibly get to, no matter how many hours we put in. You can thus imagine just how happy I am to expand our editorial staff and welcome Roger Slavens to the team as our new managing editor.

Roger brings to the team more than 20 years of experience as a top editor at several consumer magazines, news outlets and websites, and he's no stranger to writing about complex, high-tech equipment. In his first professional job at age 22, he got to test drive exotic cars on tracks around the world for a national automotive trade magazine. (The job didn't pay much, but did it have its perks!) Roger has also written electronics reviews for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Frequent Flyer Magazine, but what we're most excited about are his skills in editing and editorial management.

With a Master's in Journalism from Northwestern University and a recent stint as a content strategist at financial services giant USAA, Roger has been on the bleeding edge of best practices in content development and design, and we're excited to tap into his expertise and skills.

Like the rest of us at IR, Roger shares a passion for photography and great images (a new Nikon D7000 having recently taken its place next to his cherished Leica M6), and he hopes to use that passion to make IR an even better experience for our many readers.

IR's complex (some might say Byzantine) test and review process mean it'll take a little time for Roger to get his arms around all the moving pieces, but you'll begin seeing his name pop up on reviews and articles over the next few weeks. He'll also be working with the rest of the IR team to update our review format, site navigation and overall look and feel of IR in the coming months.

Welcome aboard, Roger!