Dylan Byers of Politico's On Media blog reports that the Los Angeles Times has hired Roll Call editor-in-chief Christina Bellantoni to be Assistant Managing Editor for Politics. That's not a title that exists now. Bellantoni would move back to California for the job, Byers says.
Bellantoni, who became Roll Call's chief editor in early 2014, had spent two years as associate politics editor there before leaving to join PBS NewsHour in 2012. Before that she was a reporter at The Washington Times.
Bellantoni's hire is the latest in a string of changes at the L.A. Times' political desk. In May, the Times tapped Washington bureau chief David Lauter would oversee the paper's coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign, following the reassignment of national political editor Cathleen Decker to a new role as political columnist.
Previously on LA Observed:
Pete King rejoining the LA Times California staff
Investigations editor leaves LA Times after less than a year
LA Times Pulitzer winner exits an unhappy camper
Lauter to run LA Times' 2016 campaign coverage
Cathleen Decker named California politics columnist for LA Times