Los Angeles Times Editor Russ Stanton Steps Down After 4 Years

1:14 PM PST 12/13/2011 by Sophie Schillaci

Managing Editor Davan Maharaj will replace him as the paper's 15th editor.

After four years at the top of the LA Times’ newsroom, editor and executive vice president Russ Stanton will step down on Dec. 23. He will be succeeded by managing editor Davan Maharaj.

Stanton, 52, joined the LA Times in 1997 as a business reporter in Orange County. During Stanton’s tenure as editor, the newsroom staff shrank from more than 900 people to approximately 550 through layoffs and amid reports that the publication's film and TV advertising revenues have shrunk. The newspaper, however, expanded its digital reach to more than 17 million readers and won three Pulitzer Prizes during this same period.

 “I’m very proud of what this staff has accomplished over the last four years,” Stanton, said in the announcement. “This is a newsroom filled with dedicated, knowledgeable and experienced journalists, and under Davan’s leadership there is continued greatness ahead for the Los Angeles Times.”

“Russ Stanton has been an outstanding editor for the Los Angeles Times over the past four years,” said Times President and Chief Operating Officer Kathy Thomson. “As he moves on to the next phase of his career, we are extremely fortunate to have someone as talented and experienced as Davan Maharaj, who can step in immediately with energy and vision for how to continue The Times’ advancement in the digital age.”

Maharaj, 49, will be the LA Times’ 15th editor. He has worked at the paper for 22 years and previously held the posts of assistant foreign editor and Business editor with stints in Orange County, Los Angeles and East Africa.

“I am humbled and honored to lead one of the most talented and resilient newsrooms in the nation,” he said. “We’ve made huge strides in getting our journalism to wide and diverse audiences across Southern California and beyond. We will continue to push forward, especially in the digital and mobile space. Our commitment to delivering high-quality journalism remains unwavering.”

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