Film Critic Betsy Sharkey Exits Los Angeles Times

Newspaper veteran departing after seven years as lead movie voice alongside Kenneth Turan

Betsy Sharkey is leaving her post as film critic at the Los Angeles Times after seven years.

Sharkey has been the paper’s leading voice in film since 2008, alongside veteran critic Kenneth Turan. She’s reviewed about 200 films per year, according to her bio. Sharkey previously served as TV and entertainment editor and has been employed at the publication since 1998.

I officially told my bosses I was leaving the best job in the world for another amazing writing gig,” Sharkey said in a post to her Facebook page. “I will end my run as the Los Angeles Times Film Critic to begin a book project that I couldn’t be more excited about.”

Sharkey will relocate to Austin for a book project involving “humans, animals and humanitarian efforts to heal both.”

The Times has not yet returned TheWrap’s request for comment. Read Sharkey’s full Facebook post:

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes. Like Bowie said: I don’t know what I was waiting for…Gulp, this morning I officially told my bosses I was leaving the best job in the world for another amazing writing gig.  So on May 22, I will end my run as the Los Angeles Times Film Critic to begin a book project that I couldn’t be more excited about.

It involves humans, animals and humanitarian efforts to heal both. It is awesome! And because Texas has my heart, I’m headed to Austin to live. Seems the perfect place to write about humans and animals and humanitarian efforts to heal both.

Betsy Sharkey

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