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Posts Tagged ‘Sallie Hofmeister’

LAT Journos Went to the Oscars in a Limo


The Tribune Company, the parent company of the LA Times is in bankruptcy (still). So former staffers (whom there are now many) were more than happy to tell us Sallie Hofmeister and Craig Turner attended the Oscars this year in a limousine on the company’s dime. The former staffers are understandably irritated they’re unemployed while those still on the payroll are rolling in style. According to our sources in previous years journalists and even a publisher attending the swanky gala took their own cars.

We asked Nancy Sullivan, LAT publicist if it was true. Did Hofmeister and Turner take a limo to the Academy Awards? “Don’t know if you’re aware,” Sullivan tells FBLA. “But security precautions make any entry other than via limo next to impossible.”

That confirms the story about the limo. Is a limo required to cover the Oscars? Doesn’t that sound like something you’d think if you were a 12 year old girl living in Ohio? We asked current staffers if the only way to be at the awards is to show up in a rented stretched vehicle. All of them told us usually everyone just takes their own car or gets dropped off.

Yeah, we need to cover a cocktail party but due to security reasons, we need new shoes.

LAT Memo: Sallie Hofmeister to Become Assistant Managing Editor/Arts & Entertainment

This is from LAT Editor Russ Stanton and it’s not about slashing jobs so…we like it:

From: Stanton, Russ
Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 12:18 PM
Subject: New Arts & Entertainment group; Sallie Hofmeister, editor


Entertainment is Southern California’s signature industry and biggest global export. With more than 50 reporters, editors and producers in Calendar, in Business and at, we have among the largest number of journalists — and the best report — in town on this important subject.

For several years, our staffs covering entertainment, the business of entertainment and the arts have been located on different floors and our coverage strategy could best be described as loosely coordinated. That approach is inadequate today given that we face fierce competition, have moved to an integrated newsroom and publish in different mediums.

Today we are establishing a new department that will be headed by Sallie Hofmeister, who is leaving her post as business editor for the masthead job of Assistant Managing Editor/Arts & Entertainment. She will report to Managing Editor Davan Maharaj.

The rest after the jump…

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LAT: William Heisel Moves to Business

willidafdsam.heisel.jpgL.A. Times Business Editor Sallie Hofmeister sent a memo to her staff, alerting them to former Investigations reporter William Heisel‘s move to business.

So far, it seems like a fruitful move for the guy from Great Falls. He’s already produced a number of housing stories that you can, you know, actually understand.

Congratulations, Heisel!