Jeff Gottlieb, center, with LA Times reporters Paloma Esquivel and Ruben Vives in 2011. Photo: Knight Fellowships
Jeff Gottlieb has bounced around a bit in the Los Angeles Times newsroom since sharing in the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for covering the corruption in Bell. Most recently he was listed as a religion writer. He was recently said to be unhappy at the paper, and Monday was his last day — he resigned without mentioning to people a next destination. Gottlieb's farewell email hints at some deep dissatisfaction in the ranks of Times journalists, at least on his part.
From: Gottlieb, Jeff
Sent: Monday, May 11, 2015 6:03 PM
This is my final email from these treacherous waters. I follow nearly 100 others from editorial who have left the building in less than a year and a half. Perhaps that’s a hint there’s a problem.
I can be reached at xxxxxx.
Keep your heads up.
Los Angeles Times
I reached Jeff by email and he replied he had nothing to add to the email. You might remember, in 2013 Gottlieb was prominently quoted in a Washington Post blog post complaining that the LA Times had been sitting on some of the $35,000 award the Bell team received from the Selden Ring Award.