LA Times taps NYT for new op-ed editor

JulietLapidos-nyt.jpgThe new op-ed page editor at the Los Angeles Times is Juliet Lapidos. She is an editor and editorial writer in the New York Times opinion section, and also edits the editorial board's blog, Taking Note. Lapidos comes with a deeper digital background than most of the LAT opinion editors, maybe any of them, and the note sent to the newsroom today says she will have a role in the opinion section "continuing our move into the digital future." The opinion section's digital editor, Alexandra Le Tellier, last week was promoted to the newsroom digital team as a senior editor. Lapidos tweets as @julietlapidos but hasn't mentioned her new job yet. This is her NYT picture. As op-editor she succeeds Sue Horton, who left the LA Times shortly after Austin Beutner took over as publisher last year.

From the note about Lapidos posted today by Beutner and Nick Goldberg, the LAT's editor of the editorial pages:

She’s a former associate editor at the online magazine Slate, where she wrote frequently and edited the Explainer column, as well as regular columns on subjects as disparate as food, drink, religion and television.

She’s also written for the Atlantic, the New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, the Awl, the New York Observer and the websites of the New Republic and the New Yorker, among other places.

She’s the recipient of a number of awards including, most recently, the 2014 New York Times Publisher’s Award for her role in that paper’s editorial page series endorsing the legalization of marijuana. She is a graduate of Yale – but also has an M.Phil in English literature from Cambridge University.

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