LA Times Names Ross Levinsohn Publisher and CEO

Levinsohn and Jim Kirk will replace editor and publisher Davan Maharaj

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The Los Angeles Times has named former Yahoo exec Ross Levinsohn publisher and CEO, the company announced on Monday

Chicago Sun-Times veteran Jim Kirk has been named interim editor of the paper, replacing former editor and publisher Davan Maharaj, who was terminated along with several other senior editors on Monday.

According to the paper,  Managing Editor Marc Duvoisin, Deputy Managing Editor for digital Megan Garvey and Assistant Managing Editor of investigations Matt Doig were also among those who were let go.

A veteran media executive, Levinsohn previously served as interim CEO of Yahoo, and has held positions at Fox Interactive Media, Guggenheim Digital Media and is co-founder of the strategic advisory firm Whisper Advisors.

“My aspiration is to draw upon the incredible amount of work that has been done here and broaden it,” Levinsohn said. “In my adult life, there is never been a more important time for journalism, for facts and for reporting. We have incredible change going on in the world.”

Maharaj has been with the paper since 1989 and was upped to editor and publisher in 2016 amid a sweeping reorganization before the paper’s parent company, Tribune Publishing, rebranded itself as Tronc. In a email statement, Maharaj wished his former co-workers well in the future.

“During the last 28 years, it has been an honor working with the best journalists in a great American newsroom,” Maharaj wrote. “They are indomitable, and I wish them well in their continued fight to serve our community. I’m proud of the work we’ve done.”