Pawel ponders her LAT future

Miriam Pawel, the L.A. Times assistant managing editor who will be moved from her job overseeing state and local coverage in June, has told the L.A. Business Journal (subscription or fee) she's at home weighing her options.

Pawel said she is considering three offers in the Times organization, including two that would give her “masthead-level editing” recognition while the third is “completely different."...

Reached at her Pasadena home, Pawel declined to discuss the offers, saying she was taking a long-overdue vacation to think about her next move.

“My current plan is stay with the Times,” she said. “I’m taking a little time off and think about what I’ll do next and the opportunities, and what I really want to do.”

L.A. Observed reported last week on the two masthead jobs being offered and passed along scuttlebutt that Pawel turned down a posting to the paper's China bureau. Pawel's staff won a Pulitzer Prize in April, for coverage of the Southland wildfires. The LABJ story says her removal (to be replaced June 14 by Janet Clayton, currently Editor of the Editorial Pages) met with a mixed reaction:

While Pawel is generally admired for her journalistic prowess, she has ruffled a number of feathers among the local reporting ranks and led several staff members to seek reassignment to other parts of the paper. “There were a lot of happy smiles today,” said one copy editor in describing Pawel’s move out.

I can confirm that more staffers have sought to put some distance between themselves and Pawel in the last year or so. Editor John Carroll, however, told a meeting of senior editors and section editors last week that Pawel was being groomed for a bigger role at the paper, the Business Journal says.

Previously on L.A. Observed: Kinsley in at L.A. Times, Kinsley: 50-50 in L.A. & Seattle

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