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Scott Kraft named L.A. Times deputy managing editor

A memo to the newsroom from Editor Davan Maharaj and Managing Editor Marc Duvoisin:

Scott.kraftWe're pleased to announce that Scott Kraft will become a deputy managing editor overseeing the front page, Column One and projects.

Scott's experience and skills make him a natural choice for this assignment. He will ensure that the Los Angeles Times remains committed to elegant storytelling, powerful investigations and distinctive journalism.

He joined The Times as a national correspondent in Chicago and went on to serve as a bureau chief in Nairobi, Johannesburg and Paris. He covered the end of apartheid, the ill-fated U.S. military mission in Somalia and the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, among other major stories. His piece for the Los Angeles Times magazine on the AIDS epidemic in Africa won the SPJ Distinguished Service Award for Foreign Correspondence.

Scott was known then, as now, as a writer with an affinity for words and storytelling. Of his 1,100 bylines in the Times over the years, more than 120 were Column Ones.

After a decade abroad, Scott moved to Los Angeles and became deputy foreign editor. A year later, he was named National Editor. During his 11 years overseeing our national correspondents and the Washington bureau, he directed coverage of many major stories, including 9/11, the Clinton impeachment, the 2000 Florida recount and Hurricane Katrina. Reporters on the National staff won four Pulitzer Prizes during his tenure.

Scott returned to writing in 2008 and helped anchor our coverage of the earthquake in Haiti. He became the Page One editor last year and has served with distinction in that role, helping to elevate story-telling and encouraging creativity and risk-taking in the selection and presentation of stories.

In his new position, Scott will report to the managing editor.

Photo: Scott Kraft. Credit: Los Angeles Times

 

Megan Garvey named assistant managing editor, digital

A memo to the newsroom from Editor Davan Maharaj:

I’m delighted to announce the appointment of Megan Garvey as assistant managing editor for digital, overseeing the home page, the data team and the presentation of our projects on the web.

She will be responsible for the selection and display of news and features on latimes.com. More broadly, she will work with journalists across the newsroom to find the most effective ways to present our journalism and connect with readers online.

With Megan’s new assignment, Tenny Tatusian will become mobile editor, overseeing the presentation of our content on portable devices, an increasingly important aspect of our operation.  With the proliferation of mobile devices, Tenny will make sure our great reporting is accessible to all our readers.
Megan and Tenny will both report to Jimmy Orr, managing editor/digital.

Megan started at The Times in the San Fernando Valley in 1998. Her first byline was on a story about too much rain: “Roofer madness.” Later that year, she transferred to Orange County, where she covered transportation. In 2000, she helped cover the Bush-Gore presidential campaign before moving to the Washington bureau.

She returned to Los Angeles in late 2001. As a general assignment reporter in Metro, Megan helped cover wildfires, train crashes and the gubernatorial recall. Her work on homicides in Compton and the early release of inmates from L.A. County jails triggered an interest in data reporting.

Megan has been a pioneer of our digital journalism. As morning assignment editor, she worked on the California War Dead database, eventually splitting her time between data projects and supervising health and county government reporters. She went on to manage a series of innovative online projects, including Mapping L.A., Crime L.A., the Homicide Report and the Los Angeles Times Teacher Ratings database.

Megan is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where she studied American history.

Marla Dickerson named business editor of L.A. Times

A memo to the newsroom from Editor Davan Maharaj and Managing Editor Marc Duvoisin:

Marla_dickersonWe’re very happy to announce that Marla Dickerson is the new Business editor of the Los Angeles Times.

A career financial journalist who has served as a deputy Business editor for the past three years, Marla is a natural to lead one of the hardest-working staffs in the industry.

During her 16 years at The Times, she has covered a variety of beats key to the region’s dynamism, including the California economy, small business, manufacturing, tourism and renewable energy.

A former business correspondent in Mexico City, Marla has a deep understanding of the trade and immigration ties that bind Los Angeles to Latin America. As editor of our China business coverage for the past few years, she has helped give readers a window into the world’s second-largest economy. She and colleague Evelyn Iritani won the Malcolm Forbes Award from the Overseas Press Club of America in 2002 for their series “China: the Giant Awakes.”

Marla’s clear thinking and sixth sense for story have turned eye-glazing data into compelling reads. In Costa Rica, she walked a mail route to tell the story of the colorful but chaotic address system that’s hindering that nation’s development. A grimy South Gate recycling yard was the backdrop for her story about America’s hottest export -- used cardboard.

Before joining The Times, Marla was a reporter for the Detroit News and the Rochester, N.Y., Times. She has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Illinois and a master’s in journalism from Northwestern. She’s on the board of governors of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

Please join us in wishing her the best in her new job.

 

Marc Duvoisin named L.A. Times managing editor

A message to the newsroom from Editor Davan Maharaj:

MarcdI’m pleased to announce that Marc Duvoisin is the new managing editor of the Los Angeles Times.

As you know, this announcement is a long time coming. It reflects months of thought about how we position The Times to succeed in the digital era while maintaining the values and traditions of great journalism that brought us here in the first place. I’m immensely proud of how the newsroom continues to adapt and tackle each new challenge. Our commanding Web audience and unwavering commitment to the best enterprise journalism are a tribute to your focus and creativity. The new managing editor must help us push change even further, while also putting out the world-class newspaper our readers have come to expect.

Marc is that person.

In his 10-plus years at Spring Street, Marc has had a guiding hand in some of the finest journalism we’ve published. He’s shown an ability to bring together diverse newsroom disciplines to make our most ambitious work shine.

Marc has credentials to spare. He’s been a reporter, a foreign correspondent, a city editor, a projects editor. I’ve long valued his advice and admired his surgeon’s touch with copy, his exacting standards and his passion for the work we do. As managing editor, he will work with section editors to generate our daily news report. The national, foreign, California, business and sports departments will report to him.

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Times names Joy Press books and culture editor

A memo to the newsroom from Editor Davan Maharaj and Assistant Managing Editor Alice Short:

We are delighted to announce that Joy Press, who has had a distinguished career as a writer and editor on a variety of cultural and entertainment topics, is our new books and culture editor. Her presence will allow us to expand our coverage of publishing and literary culture, with a special emphasis on ramping up our digital content.

Joy has been Calendar’s pop culture and deputy television editor for 2-1/2 years. During her tenure, she developed a Sunday TV page and played a major role in growing our successful Show Tracker blog, which doubled its readership and has become a key site for television news and series recaps.

As an editor she expanded our television coverage, with stories on topics including the rise of Web television, the profusion of female TV creators, the suicide of a “Real Housewives” husband and the afterlife of a reality TV star.

In addition to her editing duties, Joy has written about some of the talked-about shows on TV, including “Girls” and “Game of Thrones.” She has profiled Chloe Sevigny, Mindy Kaling and "Enlightened" creator Mike White, and recently reported on the art activities that preceded the London Olympics.

Joy brings a wealth of experience to the job.

She worked at the Village Voice as arts and culture editor, overseeing all of the weekly's coverage in those areas. She had previous assignments there as television critic, book critic and editor of the Voice Literary Supplement (VLS). While at VLS, she oversaw the section's transformation into a stand-alone national supplement. She created the annual Writers on the Verge issue, spotlighting authors at the start of their literary lives, names such as Aimee Bender, Colson Whitehead, Steven Johnson, Alice Sebold and Aleksandar Hemon

Before she came to The Times, Joy was culture editor at Salon, where she edited the book section along with culture and lifestyle coverage. She supervised  a staff of 10 and developed a variety of blogs, reviews and features for the website.

She started her own writing life as a rock critic at Melody Maker and as a contributing editor at Spin Magazine. Joy is the coauthor, with her husband, Simon Reynolds, a British rock critic, of “The Sex Revolts: Gender, Rebellion and Rock 'n' Roll,” and edited the anthology “War of the Words: 20 Years of Contemporary Writing in the VLS.”

L.A. Times names new entertainment reporters

A memo to the staff from John Corrigan, assistant managing editor for arts and entertainment:

I’m excited to announce the hiring of three new reporters, who will play key roles in ramping up our coverage of the film and television industries and giving our readers the best entertainment report in the business.

These new staff writers will help us expand The Envelope’s coverage of the awards season and enable us to put a sharper focus on the important indie film scene.

What’s more, we’ll once again have an entertainment reporter in New York City, giving us a crucial perch and time advantage to cover news and features coming from the East Coast.

Please join me in welcoming:

Glenn Whipp. A frequent contributor who has covered Hollywood for two decades, Glenn is joining the staff full time as the anchor reporter for The Envelope -- with the special mission of making the online version as compelling as the print edition. With his frequent posts, Glenn will ensure readers are up-to-date on all awards-related news and developments, while also contributing first-rate analysis and events coverage. He’ll also serve as front man for The Envelope, conducting videotaped interviews with the key contenders. Glenn will work closely with Envelope editor Elena Howe in adding an array of new features. Glenn starts work today.

A journalism graduate of Biola University, Glenn is a longtime member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. and has written and reviewed for publications including Variety, the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Daily News and MSN Movies.

Meredith Blake. Another Times contributor, Meredith is joining the team as a New York-based entertainment writer. Meredith has built a strong fan base with her smart and witty recaps of the late-night TV talk shows and “Mad Men” episodes on our Show Tracker blog. As a full-time staff writer, Meredith will help us bolster our coverage of the television and media industries.

Meredith has a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown and a master’s from NYU. She previously worked as a freelance Web producer for abcnews.com, providing Web content for “Nightline,” “20/20” and “Good Morning America.” She has been a regular contributor to the New Yorker’s literary blog, and has written for publications including Rolling Stone, the Atlantic and the Paris Review. Meredith, who starts Aug. 6, will report to television editor Martin Miller.

Mark Olsen. Few people know the independent film scene like Mark Olsen. For the past three years, he’s written the Indie Focus film feature for Sunday Calendar and The Envelope, along with contributing to our coverage of the Sundance, SXSW and Toronto film festivals. As a full-time staff writer, Mark will be able to report other news and features on this important aspect of the movie business, and help bolster our coverage of documentaries and foreign films.

Mark has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and a master’s in cinema studies from NYU.  He has been a contributing editor to Film Comment, and has written on film for publications including the New York Times, Vanityfair.com and L.A. Weekly. He starts Aug. 20 and will report to film editor Julie Makinen.

John Corrigan named AME for arts and entertainment; Laurie Ochoa, A&E editor

A memo to the newsroom from Editor Davan Maharaj:

Today, I’m announcing a new leadership team for one of the most important journalistic franchises at The Times. 

CorriganI’m pleased to announce that John Corrigan, our Business editor since 2009, will lead our arts and entertainment coverage, starting Monday.

John, who will become an assistant managing editor, will work with an accomplished team that includes some of our strongest reporters and editors. He inherits a Calendar staff that produces some of the most innovative coverage in the entertainment world. Our Movie team landed an agenda-setting series on Academy Award diversity. Our television and music teams are setting new audience records on Showtracker and Pop & Hiss. Hero Complex is a multimedia juggernaut. The Envelope has become awards central for Hollywood. And our critics are the best in the business.

John brings a wealth of experience and energy to his new role. As Business editor, he led a team of reporters and editors in making our financial report a model:  a combination of elegant features, hard-hitting investigative stories, and quick-hit breaking news on our blogs. John collaborated with our Company Town team and sharpened our focus on technology and social media -- helping to bring millions of new readers to Tech Now.

He has shown a particular ability to work with top-flight reporters and editors. John edited the 2003 series “The Wal-Mart Effect,” which won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. He directed The Times’ coverage of Ameriquest, which was praised by the Columbia Journalism Review as a rare warning from the business press before the mortgage meltdown. He oversaw our coverage of Toyota’s sudden-acceleration crisis, for which reporters Ken Bensinger and Ralph Vartabedian won a Loeb Award. He worked with Ken again this year on the ground-breaking Wheels of Fortune series. We will learn in a few days if that has won a Loeb as well.

As a film and television major at Loyola Marymount University, John specialized in screenwriting and earned  a bachelor’s degree in fine and communication arts. His passion for music is evident whenever he cuts loose on his Stratocaster in the band Blue Cube.

John will report to me. Please join me in congratulating him on his new assignment.

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Times adds editor, more reporters to Orange County bureau

A memo to the California staff from Assistant Managing Editor Ashley Dunn:

This week, Metro launched an important initiative: the reoccupation of Orange County.

Steve-marbleWith more than 3 million residents, L.A.’s neighbor to the south is an increasingly diverse area that warrants  attention.  The stereotypes of life behind the Orange Curtain no longer apply, and it’s up to us to reflect that change -- and interpret its meaning -- for our readers. Thanks to the Web, those eyes  are everywhere -- not confined by a physical circulation area.

The goal is to function as a state bureau. So the coverage will be more sweeping -- a mix of trend stories, analysis and culture pieces that say something about Orange County as well as the world beyond. And when news breaks – whether it be a salon massacre, a homeless killing spree or the all-too-familiar wildfires, we’ll be better equipped than ever to cover it.

Heading up the team is Steve Marble, whose previous stint as city editor in O.C. gives him the depth of  knowledge needed to  guide a team of talented reporters. Joining O.C. veterans Chris Goffard, Nicole Santa-Cruz and Mike Anton in the revitalized office are reporters Jeff Gottlieb, Tony Barboza and Rick Rojas.

And we hope to add more firepower in the not-too-distant future.

Photo: Steve Marble

 

Coming March 10: New 'Saturday' section, and Jonathan Gold

A memo from Times Editor Davan Maharaj announces the return of Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold, as well as Gold's debut March 10 in The Times' new Saturday section:

Jonathan GoldPlease join me in welcoming an old friend back to our newsroom.

Jonathan Gold is joining the Los Angeles Times as a restaurant critic and columnist — in print and with special online reports.

His love of all things gastronomical has taken him from the L.A. Weekly (where he started as proofreader in 1982), to the Los Angeles Times (1990-96, where he wrote his Counter Intelligence column), to Gourmet (where he was the magazine’s New York restaurant critic) and back to the L.A. Weekly (where he worked for more than a decade). If you follow the L.A. food scene, you know about Jonathan’s ability to find and savor Uzbek, Korean, Peruvian and Islamic Chinese cuisine. He discovered the only Trinidadian restaurant in Inglewood.

You’ve probably heard about crickets, fried grasshoppers and some animal parts that Jonathan has consumed in pursuit of outstanding food journalism. Five years ago, he won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism — the first win for a food writer. He was a Pulitzer finalist last year as well. He has been honored twice as a National Magazine Award finalist in criticism by the American Society of Magazine Editors.

“He sees Los Angeles as ‘the anti-melting pot’ — the home of true, undiluted regional cookery — but also has a fondness for what he calls the ‘triple carom’: the Cajun seafood restaurant that caters to Chinese customers and is run by Vietnamese from Texas,” Dana Goodyear wrote in a 2009 profile of Jonathan in the New Yorker. He is, Goodyear added, “sly and erudite, withdrawn in person and in print exuberant.”

Jonathan will join an award-winning staff that includes Times Food Editor Russ Parsons and restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila in our never-ending quest to chronicle the greatest food scene in America. His work will first appear on March 10 in our new Saturday print section and online at latimes.com/food.

Photo: Jonathan Gold masking his identity with a tortilla at El Parian restaurant in Los Angeles. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

 

Staff changes: Chad Terhune to cover healthcare industry

A staff announcement from Business Editor John Corrigan:

Reporter Chad Terhune joins the Business staff today, where he will cover the healthcare industry. An award-winning reporter for the Wall Street Journal, Businessweek and SmartMoney, Chad will report on topics including health insurance, healthcare costs and the implementation of the new national healthcare law.

Chad spent more than a decade at the Journal, covering beats including healthcare and retailing. His series of front-page stories on health insurance won a National Press Club award in 2003. At Businessweek, he covered topics from health reform to the global financial crisis. He co-wrote a November 2008 “Subprime Wolves” cover story that won a New York Press Club award and recognition from Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Chad is relocating here from Eastpoint, Fla. Chad enjoys coaching his daughters in softball and soccer and cheering on his alma mater, the University of Florida.

 

Staff changes: New online political editor; new bureau chiefs in Las Vegas, Houston

Washington Bureau Chief David Lauter and National Editor Roger Smith have announced the following staff changes:

ASSISTANT POLITICAL EDITOR, ONLINE

David Meeks will take on a new assignment as assistant political editor for online. Meeks, who joined the Washington Bureau in 2010, will have responsibility for planning, coordinating and overseeing our online efforts, particularly the Politics Now blog, which is the primary online venue for our political report. He will work closely with political editor Cathy Decker, who oversees all aspects of our coverage online and in print, and assistant national editor Steve Clow. He will report to National Editor Roger Smith. This new job marks a major step in our efforts to fully integrate our online and print coverage of a highly competitive story that will continue to dominate the news for the rest of the year. For the next several weeks, Meeks will also continue his work as an editor in the Washington Bureau. Later this spring, he will move to Los Angeles.

LAS VEGAS BUREAU

John Glionna will become Las Vegas bureau chief, succeeding Ashley Powers, who is taking over the civil courts beat for Metro. Glionna, who joined The Times in 1989, has been bureau chief in Seoul for the past three years. In Las Vegas he will be responsible for coverage in the city, Nevada and other states in the Rocky Mountain region. He will begin reporting from Las Vegas in May.

HOUSTON BUREAU

Molly Hennessy-Fiske has joined the national staff in Houston. She fills the position vacated by Nick Riccardi, who moved from Denver to the Sacramento bureau last year. She will be responsible for coverage in Texas and neighboring states and share reporting duties with other national correspondents in the Midwest. She joined The Times in 2006 and most recently was a general assignment reporter in Metro. She has already relocated to Houston.  

 

Editorial cartoonist/columnist David Horsey to revive Top of the Ticket blog

An announcement to the newsroom by Editor Russ Stanton:

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and columnist David Horsey is joining the Los Angeles Times political team in January. David will be re-crafting the “Top of the Ticket” blog with his unique combination of cartoons and written commentary.

David is leaving the Seattle Post-Intelligencer after a long career that took him to political party conventions; presidential primaries; Summer and Winter Olympics; the Super Bowl; and on assignments in Europe, Japan and Mexico and to Washington, D.C., where he did two extended stints in the Hearst Newspapers Washington bureau. You can get a good feel for his thought-provoking work at www.davidhorsey.com.

He will work with 2012 campaign editor Cathy Decker and Asst. National Editor Steve Padilla as we re-launch “Top of the Ticket” for the primary season. David will jump into the fray with an early visit to South Carolina, a pivotal state that holds its primary on January 21.

Since print publication of the P-I ceased in 2009, Horsey has provided cartoons and columns for the Hearst newspapers in San Francisco, San Antonio, Houston, Albany and Connecticut, as well as for seattlepi.com.

David won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1999 and 2003 and was a finalist in 1987. In 1998, he received the National Press Foundation's Berryman Award for Cartoonist of the Year. He is a recipient of numerous other national and regional awards for both cartooning and writing, including first place in Special Topic Column Writing in the 2009 Best of the West Journalism Competition for coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign.

He received a B.A. in Communications from the University of Washington where he was editor of the student newspaper, The Daily. As a Rotary Foundation Scholar, David earned an MA in International Relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury (U.K.). In 2004, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Seattle University.

He has published seven collections of his work, most recently From Hanging Chad to Baghdad (2003) and Draw Quick, Shoot Straight (2007).

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