Doug Frantz told senior editors this morning that he has resigned as number two editor at the Los Angeles Times. He didn't say if he was headed to a new job, but said he would not be returning (at least right away) to the New York Times. Frantz, you'll remember, came in from a foreign posting in Istanbul to be managing editor for his close friend Dean Baquet. After Baquet left for the NYT, there was speculation that Frantz would leave. Those rumors gained heat after his run-in with then-staff writer Mark Arax over an Armenian genocide story. Names being mentioned in the newsroom as possible successors include front page editor John Arthur and associate editor John Montorio.
* Update: Editor Jim O'Shea's memo after the jump, and a story on the Times website quoting Frantz.
I regret to announce that Doug Frantz has decided to leave the Los Angeles Times. I am sure everyone agrees that Doug's departure is a loss to the newspaper. As Managing Editor, Doug has proved a solid leader, guiding the editorial department through some troubled and rugged days. He is an extraordinary journalist and a dedicated editor who cares deeply about the newspaper and the staff. His career here has been spectacular, both as a tough-minded editor and one of the world's best investigative reporters. He has been a huge help to me, convincing people to give me a chance at a time of uncertainty and turmoil. I can't thank him enough. I will miss his wisdom, candor, professionalism and solid news judgment. The only comfort I find in his decision is that Doug leaves the newsroom his legacy of high standards and excellent, hard-hitting journalism. Doug's last day will be July 6. I know you all join me in wishing him well in the future. I will begin the process of selecting a replacement for Doug soon.