Craig Turner, currently the Arts and Entertainment editor, confirms that he stepped forward for a buyout and will be retiring from the Los Angeles Times. He has been with the paper almost 41 years, as a reporter at the United Nations and in Canada and elsewhere, as Metropolitan Editor for several years, and in other positions. "This place has been great to me and I love and admire the people here, but after nearly 41 years there are other things I want to do while I can," Turner emails.
Here are my earlier posts on today's layoffs and other departures from the Times. I stopped doing general lists of names on these things a while back, when the Times letting people go became a more routine LA media event. I try to report the more newsworthy departures, once they are confirmed. Times alums and the newly departed gather to commiserate and offer condolences on a Yahoo group and on Facebook.