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LA Times Hires Pulitzer Winner Paige St. John

The Los Angeles Times has hired investigative reporter Paige St. John from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

St. John, the 2011 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, will join the LAT Sacramento bureau in July.

Below is the entire memo from assistant managing editor Ashley Dunn:

To: The Staff
From: Ashley Dunn, Assistant Managing Editor

We are pleased to announce that Paige St. John, a veteran investigative reporter, will join The Times’ Sacramento bureau in July. Read more

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LA Times Beefs Up Orange County Bureau

The Los Angeles Times plans on beefing up their coverage in Orange County by shifting over editor Steve Marble and reporters Jeff Gottlieb, Tony Barboza and Rick Rojas.

Below is the memo from assistant managing editor Ashley Dunn:

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

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LA Times Editor Gives Hellacious Pep Talk in the Face of Layoffs

Can’t be easy right now inside the LA Times, as word continues to spread of the latest round of decimating layoffs. The paper’s recent Pulitzers now seem a long way away. But California editor Ashley Dunn is doing his best to keep heads up inside the Metro section.

Here’s his memo to Metro:

From: Dunn, Ashley
Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 2:52 PM
To: yyMetro
Subject: Layoffs 

Comrades:

As most of you have heard, there were layoffs today. We’ve all been through this before, but it doesn’t make it any easier. We’ll all miss the fine people who are leaving.

For those of us still here, the hard task ahead is getting back to the business of reporting the news. It feels like rushing back into battle after a hellacious ass whipping. To those who are understandably feeling a bit down, I say: We don’t get our asses whipped, we whip asses. We don’t get ulcers, we give ulcers.

Take a look at the Metro’s budget today. Nita is writing about Post Office closures and how people in towns and neighborhoods are taking it. Marosi is shining a bright light on the shitheads in the Sinaloa Cartel, and Ari is back with City Council as it wrestles with those damn red-light cameras. Don’t forget the fighting nudists of San Diego.

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Ashley Dunn Named LA Times New California Editor

LA Times editor Russ Stanton announced yesterday that Ashley Dunn will be taking over the California section from David Lauter–who recently became Tribune Company‘s Washington bureau chief. Dunn is a 17-year Times vet, who also put in a stint with the New York Times back in the 90′s. Dunn was most recently the paper’s deputy national editor.

Stanton’s memo to staff after the jump.

Previously on Fishbowl LALA Times Vet David Lauter Returning to Washington as Bureau Chief

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LAT Editorial Assignments

We got our grubby little hands on this LAT memo from Russ Stanton:

Subject: Editorial Appointments

Bruce Wallace, Foreign Editor

Bruce Wallace, our Tokyo bureau chief since 2004, will become our new Foreign Editor, effective immediately.

Bruce was based in Japan, but during the last four years he has been a kinetic firefighter, parachuting from hotspot to hotspot. He made two lengthy trips to Iraq, embedding with Marines and a British Army unit. He has reported from Afghanistan, including Kandahar in the violent south. In 2006, he joined our coverage of the Israeli-Hezbollah war in Lebanon. In Asia, he reported from India, Pakistan and North Korea.

His dispatches are astutely crafted — and memorable. Consider his piece, written two days after the Asian tsunami, about the determination and grief of an American father looking for the body of his lost daughter in the muck and wreckage that had been a beach resort in Thailand. It began this way: ” If he can just follow the trail of Kali’s belongings, if he can keep uncovering more of those shoes with the pointed toes she loves so much and the ‘Abercrombie and Fitch everything’ that seem to make up her whole wardrobe, Stu Breisch believes, the sodden clues will lead to his missing 15-year-old daughter.” You can read the entire story here .

We got our grubby little hands on this LAT memo from Russ Stanton:

Subject: Editorial Appointments

Bruce Wallace, Foreign Editor

Bruce Wallace, our Tokyo bureau chief since 2004, will become our new Foreign Editor, effective immediately.

Bruce was based in Japan, but during the last four years he has been a kinetic firefighter, parachuting from hotspot to hotspot. He made two lengthy trips to Iraq, embedding with Marines and a British Army unit. He has reported from Afghanistan, including Kandahar in the violent south. In 2006, he joined our coverage of the Israeli-Hezbollah war in Lebanon. In Asia, he reported from India, Pakistan and North Korea.

His dispatches are astutely crafted — and memorable. Consider his piece, written two days after the Asian tsunami, about the determination and grief of an American father looking for the body of his lost daughter in the muck and wreckage that had been a beach resort in Thailand. It began this way: ” If he can just follow the trail of Kali’s belongings, if he can keep uncovering more of those shoes with the pointed toes she loves so much and the ‘Abercrombie and Fitch everything’ that seem to make up her whole wardrobe, Stu Breisch believes, the sodden clues will lead to his missing 15-year-old daughter.” You can read the entire story here .

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