NY Times Top Editor Dean Baquet’s New LA Home Rekindles Hope He’ll Take Over LA Times

New York Times editor Dean Baquet’s recent purchase of a $2.1 million home in Los Angeles has spurred renewed interest in whether the seasoned editor will want to return to the Los Angeles Times to take the top newsroom post that’s been vacant since December. If the L.A. Times is “willing to put the money out there,” Baquet could conceivably head there for “two, three years” to “make a last big bit of money in the sunshine and do some good journalism,” said Nikki Usher, the author of “Making News at The New York Times” and “News for the Rich, White and Blue.” The 64-year-old, who has served as the New York Times’ first Black executive editor since 2014, is widely expected to retire sometime before the paper’s traditional retirement age of 66. (He reaches that milestone in September 2022.) But heading up the L.A. Times — a position he held from 2005 to 2006 — may be a long shot. Usher said she wouldn’t expect Baquet to retire early from the New York Times, especially given recent newsroom drama over the resignations of two staffers and how Times leadership handled the matter. “It’s clear that the Times is going...

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