LA Times Newsroom Demands an Outsider Fill Executive Editor Position (Exclusive)

J. Clara Chan
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After a year of strife inside the Los Angeles Times newsroom, editors and union representatives at the beleaguered paper have demanded that a new executive editor be chosen from outside the newsroom, TheWrap has learned. A group of nearly a dozen editors from sections across the newsroom met with Nancy Antoniou, the chief human resources officer, in late August — prior to the December departure of Executive Editor Norman Pearlstine — to request that none of the current masthead editors be hired as Pearlstine’s replacement, according to two individuals with knowledge of the matter. This would rule out Managing Editors Scott Kraft and Kimi Yoshino, who are currently overseeing the newsroom. The L.A. Times Guild also sent a letter in October to owner Patrick Soon-Shiong and his wife Michele Chan, urging them to look for candidates “outside the newsroom,” according to a copy obtained by TheWrap. “Our members have a strong interest in ensuring this search for Norm’s successor is thorough and carefully considered. So does the successor, who will need trust and support from our members to effectively execute his or her mission. We also strongly urge you to conduct a nationwide search for a suitable replacement, with an...

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