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Director of Video and Senior Photographer/Features named

November 20, 2008 |  2:55 pm

Below is the memo from Colin Crawford, Deputy Managing Editor, announcing Scott Anger's appointment to the position of Director of Video, and Kirk McKoy's appointment as Senior Photographer/Features.

I am pleased to make the follow announcements.

Scott Anger is being promoted to the position of Director of Video. In his new role, Scott will guide the organization's overall editorial video strategy with an emphasis on insightful, visual storytelling. He will oversee the staff of six full-time videojournalists and help develop a more selective training program for the rest of the newsroom. Video will continue to be an important part of our visual journalism -- it just needs to be approached in a more strategic atmosphere.

Scott brings a unique set of skills to the position. After working as a photojournalist for 15 years, he transitioned into full-time radio reporting for National Public Radio, Public Radio International and the BBC. He went on to serve two years as a bureau chief and correspondent for Voice of America based in Pakistan. Before joining the Los Angeles Times in December 2007, he shot, reported and co-produced documentary films for the PBS program FRONTLINE and for SHOWTIME. His television documentary work has won a number of awards, including two Alfred I. duPont Awards for Excellence in Journalism from Columbia University.

Scott will report to me.

Kirk McKoy will be taking on a new role as Senior Photographer/Features.

Kirk has served with distinction since 2002 as senior photo editor in features, where he worked with photographers and other editors to raise the level of the Features report. In this newly created position, Kirk will lead our visual coverage for all Features sections, including photographing and coordinating covers and other high profile projects.

Kirk has played a vital role in helping the editing staff garner the Angus McDougall Overall Excellence in Editing Award for Newspapers in the Pictures of the Year International competition four of the past five years and the Best Use of Photography award from the National Press Photographers Assn. numerous times. In addition, Kirk has won a number of individual photography and editing awards nationally and internationally.

Kirk, who came to The Times in 1987, has worked at the Orlando Sentinel, Lakeland Ledger and the Journal Newspapers. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, where he majored in graphic design and minored in photography.

Kirk will report to Calvin Hom, deputy director of photography.

Please join me in congratulating both Scott and Kirk.

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