The Los Angeles Times is losing its Pulitzer Prize-winning automotive columnist, Dan Neil, to the Wall Street Journal.
With the ongoing shrinking of the Times’ news hole and reconfiguring of sections, Neil’s column has been bounced around the paper.
Also, he played a part in a high-profile employee lawsuit against Times owner Sam Zell and the Tribune Co.
WSJ deputy managing editor Michael Miller sent the following memo to Journal staff:
From: Miller, Mike
Sent: Thursday, February 04, 2010 4:37 PM
To: WSJ ALL Bureau Chiefs
Subject: Dan Neil
I’m pleased to announce that Dan Neil will be joining the Wall Street Journal as our automotive columnist.
Dan is the nation’s preeminent car columnist, whose deep knowledge, wit, writerly flair and insight have made him must-reading for everyone who cares about cars and many who don’t. He joins us from the Los Angeles Times, where his car reviews won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 2004. Before that he worked at the Raleigh News & Observer and Car and Driver magazine, among other publications. He will start writing for us in print and online this spring.