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Breaking: Jim Newton Returns to the L.A Times

In an e-mail to staffers today, Eddy Hartenstein announces that Jim Newton is coming back to his job as editorial page editor:

I’m pleased to announce that Jim Newton has agreed to return to The Times to resume his duties as editor of the editorial pages. You all know Jim, so no introduction is needed. I would like to note that his decision to rejoin our enterprise, despite the demands of his book-writing career, is a vote of confidence in what we are trying to accomplish.

He’ll start on Monday and report to me. In the meantime, Jim asked that I send along this note:

“As you all know, The Times has a special claim on my heart and I’m convinced that Eddy represents our best chance for sustaining and building great journalism. Given that, I’m delighted that he’s offered me the chance to return, and I’m thrilled to move back into my old office — the best in the building. See you all in a few days.”

Please join me in welcoming Jim back to the team.

eddy

As one staffer put it to us: “Wow.”

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