Vernon Loeb, LAT local investigations editor, is leaving to return to the Philadephia Inquirer as metro editor.
Loeb tells FBLA: “It’s hard leaving the LA Times, and hard leaving LA. I couldn’t pass up an opportnity to go to Philadelphia, work with Bill Marimow and show that locally owned newspapers can not only survive, but flourish. But I’ve got no complaints when it comes to The Times, the senior leaders of the newsroom and the unbelievable investigative reporters I got to work with. I was devastated when Dean Baquet was fired last fall, but I must say, the guy the Tribune Co. brought in to replace him, Jim O’Shea, won me over pretty fast. He’s an old school newspaperman who gets the web, and if Chicago supports the paper, its future is in good hands.”
LA Observed reprints a Romensko memo about the move:
Vernon Loeb reported on everything from City Hall to Tiananmen Square for The Philadelphia Inquirer in a lustrous 15-year period that also took him to the battlefields of Harrisburg and the first Gulf War. He interrupted his Inquirer career to cover the Pentagon and the CIA for The Washington Post and to manage investigations for The Los Angeles Times, an interruption that allowed Vernon to teach them about Philadelphia-style smarts and ambition and to learn a few new moves himself.