Norman Pearlstine has officially stepped down as executive editor of the Los Angeles Times, the paper reports, after two and a half years in the role.
Pearlstine had announced his intention to leave the role in October, but no specific departure day was announced. Staff were informed that Pearlstine was no longer helming news operations in a memo sent on Monday by the paper’s owner and executive chairman, Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong.
No successor has been selected for the high-profile job, which oversees the paper’s more than 500 journalists and the content they produce. The Times reports that an executive search firm was recently brought on to manage the process of filling the role.
“Although work on finding my successor has just begun, I believe my work is done,” Pearlstine wrote in a note to Times employees. “There are several people on staff who are ready to succeed me and several talented editors from elsewhere have also asked to be considered.”
Until a new executive editor is named, managing editors Scott Kraft and Kimi Yoshino and editorial pages editor Sewell Chan will report directly to Soon-Shiong. In recent months, Pearlstine had reportedly been delegating a significant portion of his work to those top editors, to prepare them for the transition.
Pearlstine is expected to maintain an “advisory role,” not involved in day-to-day operations.
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