Louise Roug, who has been on the L.A. Times' Getty Museum beat, is moving on to cover an institution with less wealth, simpler politics and not as good an art collection. She will be covering Iraq. Roug gets her send-off party tomorrow then heads toward the Baghdad bureau. Deputy Managing Editor John Montorio's email to the staff today follows:
Please join me in wishing good luck and Godspeed to our friend and colleague Louise Roug, who leaves tomorrow to take up her new assignment in the Baghdad bureau. Her decision tells you a little about how rough it really is to cover the Getty. Louise has made an outstanding contribution to our cultural and feature report over the past few years and her pieces on art and artists have been particularly memorable. She has been a tireless and selfless member of our staff. Foreign news, however, always has been her first love and our loss is the paper's and, more important, the readers' gain.