Attention tech flacks

The Times business section has a new editor on the tech pod.

To: The Staff
From: Rick Wartzman, Business Editor
Aaron Curtiss, Senior Technology Editor
Ashley Dunn, Science Editor

We are pleased to announce that Jack Robinson, editor of the Orange County Edition, will be joining the Business section as an assistant editor, helping to oversee the coverage of high-tech.

Jack replaces Karen Kaplan, who is eager to report and write again and will be joining the Science Desk in that capacity.

Karen, though reluctant to give up her role as a writer in the first place, has done a marvelous job as an editor for the past couple of years. Her deep knowledge of the tech industry and her extraordinary talent as a wordsmith have helped elevate both our daily coverage as well as our enterprise.

If anyone can fill her shoes, it is clearly Jack. Known for both his good hands with copy and his excellent management skills, he has run a number of ambitious reporting and writing projects over the years, including a look at ride safety at Disneyland and an investigation of the Trinity Broadcasting Network.

Jack started his career in the Hemet bureau of the Riverside Press-Enterprise in 1986. He joined The Times in 1997 as an assistant city editor in the Ventura County Edition. Since then he has served on the city desk in Orange County, on the state and city desks downtown and, most recently, in the top post at the Orange County Edition.

He is also a lifelong gadget freak-an obsession that began in 1973, when he persuaded his parents to buy him a four-function electronic calculator about the size of a brick.

Please join us in wishing Jack and Karen every success in their new jobs.

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