Jim Romenesko posted the news first: Tech reporter Dawn Chmielewski is leaving the Los Angeles Times to join ex-Wall Street Journal tech writers Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg at Re/Code. John Corrigan, the LAT assistant managing editor for arts and entertainment coverage, sent this note to the newsroom:
After a great run at The Times covering entertainment and technology, Dawn Chmielewski is leaving to work for the tech news startup Re/Code.
Among her many memorable stories, Dawn chronicled Disney’s struggles with “John Carter,” one of the costliest film flops ever, and (with Harriet Ryan) broke the story of the Hollywood casting agent who worked with child actors, even though he was a registered sex offender.
More recently, Dawn led our coverage of Netflix, writing last week’s A-1 story about the deal it cut with Comcast to keep its video streams running smoothly.
Dawn’s deep knowledge of technology helped shape our coverage of Hollywood, and she’s regularly contributed breaking news to Company Town’s report. And who could forget her first-person Column One about participating in “Dancing with the Stars?”
Dawn’s last day will be Friday, March 14. We’ll have details on her send-off soon.