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Michelle Maltais, Editorial Broadcast Manager

September 22, 2008 |  1:49 pm

Here's a note to the staff from Managing Editor Davan Maharaj announcing an appointment to a newly created position.

Michelle Maltais, one of the first converts to a multi-platform newsroom, will help colleagues across The Times make the leap to video in her new role as Editorial Broadcast Manager. As we begin integrating the print, web and television operations of Tribune newsrooms in Los Angeles, Michelle will act as The Times’ primary editorial liaison with KTLA, KSWB in San Diego and KTXL in Sacramento. She’ll also work closely with Nancy Sullivan [executive director, Communications] to coordinate appearances by Times reporters and editors on outside media.

Michelle is uniquely suited for the job. Shortly after joining The Times as a Metpro copy editor in 1997, she began working with the Business section to expand its reach on radio – including the LA Times-KFWB Noon Business Hour. In 2001, her role grew to include video for broadcast and online. And in mid-2007, she became one of the first web deputies, responsible for enhancing the Business report on Along the way, Michelle has been honored by the American Copy Editor Society and shared in a Times editorial award.

Although not a Trini, Michelle does have some of the islands in her blood. She grew up in the Coachella Valley, got her BA in English from Scripps College and her MS in journalism from Columbia.

She starts immediately, reporting to me. Once the newsroom reorganization is finished, she will be sitting next to the city desk.

As for that reference to "Trini"....Maltais explains, "Davan, who is of Trinidadian descent himself, mentions in passing a kinship for my heritage …my mother is Jamaican."