'LA Times' Adds To Leadership Team Under New Owner

Under new ownership, the Los Angeles Times has rejiggered its management team.

Scott Kraft, who was running day-to-day operations at the Los Angeles Times, has been named managing editor.

Business editor Kimi Yoshino is now deputy managing editor. Yoshino will oversee sports, business, arts, entertainment and lifestyle coverage.

L ast month, Kris Viesselman, former senior vice president and editor-in-chief of DC-based CQ and Roll Call, rejoined the LA Times in the newly created position of chief transformation editor and creative director.

In June, Tronc Media sold the LA Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune and a few other local papers to Patrick Soon-Shiong, the billionaire founder of Culver City-based Nanthealth, for $500 million cash.

Viesselman will report to executive editor Norman Pearlstine, who was appointed by Soon-Shiong as the newspaper’s executive editor in June.

“Kris will have major responsibility for charting our future, building digital, video and other products that will be distributed across multiple platforms for the benefit of new and existing audiences,” Pearlstine stated at the time.

Kraft has been with the LA Times for more than three decades. He will be responsible for foreign, national, Washington, California and metro news, as well as investigations and enterprise reporting. Previously deputy managing editor, he has also served as front-page editor and national editor at the newspaper.

Yoshino served as business editor for the last four years. 

Colin Crawford will remain a deputy managing editor, responsible for news operations, development and labor relations, photography, the editorial library, Spanish-language Hoy and community newspapers.

Nick Goldberg, will continue to oversee the opinion section as editor of the editorial pages, including editorials, op-ed columns and opinion columnists.

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