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LA Times Names Jon Thurber Book Review Editor

latimes.jpgThe LA Times has tapped Jon Thurber as the newspaper’s new book review editor.

In his new position, Thurber will edit the online books section, supervise the Jacket Copy blog, and curate a “broader range of reviews, features and trend stories” for the print paper.

Here’s more from the memo: “During the last year, Jon served as managing editor, print, where he directed the daily A1 process, oversaw the successful launch of the LATExtra section and, in recent months, has been working with me on a number of strategic initiatives tied to the future of the newsroom … Before being named managing editor last July, Jon spent 11 years as obituary editor, building our coverage into some of the best in the country. He also led by example, penning more than 400 obits during his time as editor.”

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