LA Times Promotes Megan Garvey to Deputy Managing Editor, Digital

LA Times Promotes Megan Garvey to Deputy Managing Editor, Digital

Garvey was named assistant managing editor, digital in 2012

Megan Garvey has  been promoted to the deputy managing editor, digital, of the Los Angeles Times, the media outlet announced with a letter to staff on Thursday.

Garvey, who has been with the Times since 1998, will be tasked with creating and directing a real-time news desk that will help the company break news online quicker, as well as reaching digital audiences more effectively.

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She'll continue to oversee the the Times home page, data team and the presentation of projects online, while working closely with the managing editor of digital, Jimmy Orr, and other newsroom leaders to improve the overall web operation at the Times.

Here's the full letter from editor and executive vice president Davan Maharaj, and managing editor Marc Duvoisin.

To the staff:

We're thrilled to announce that Megan Garvey has been promoted to deputy managing editor of The Times, with broad responsibility for ensuring that our digital report is timely, comprehensive and engaging.

The promotion reflects Megan's vital contributions to our digital journalism over the last few years. More than ever, we will look to her to work closely with Managing Editor/Digital Jimmy Orr and other newsroom leaders to combine the best of our print tradition with the speed, verve and innovative spirit of our web operation.

Megan's first assignment will be to create and direct a real-time news desk that will help us break news online more quickly and present our journalism to digital audiences more effectively. You will hear more about this in the days and weeks ahead.

In her new role, Megan will continue to oversee the Home Page, the data team and the presentation of our projects on the web.

Megan started at The Times in the San Fernando Valley in 1998. Since then, she has covered transportation in Orange County, the 2000 presidential election, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, wildfires, train crashes, the gubernatorial recall, homicides in Compton and the early release of inmates from L.A. County jails. She spent two years in our Washington bureau, which included stints covering Capitol Hill and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission during California's energy crisis.

Along the way, Megan developed a strong interest in data journalism and the potential of digital news. She has been a pioneer in innovative online projects, such as California's War Dead, Mapping L.A., Crime L.A. and the Homicide Report.

She was named assistant managing editor/digital in 2012. In that role, she was a driving force in improving how we tell stories online, including major projects such as “The Manhunt,” about the search for rogue ex-cop Christopher Dorner. She pushed to reinvent Column One for the web, an effort that brought a much bigger audience to this signature feature.

For much of the last year, Megan has been the lead editorial liaison for the upcoming relaunch of latimes.com.

Megan is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where she studied American history. She lives in Long Beach with her husband, Steve Carney, and two sons.

Please join us in wishing her great success in her new position.

Davan and Marc