Media notes: LAT alum gets promoted at the NYT

marc-lacey-nyt.jpgMarc Lacey, one of the many former Los Angeles Times reporters and editors to move on to jobs at the New York Times, was named national editor of the paper. From the announcement by NYT editor Dean Baquet:

I’m delighted to announce that Marc Lacey, one of our most creative leaders, will become National Editor. His remarkable experience as a reporter and editor equip him well to lead one of our most powerful desks at a time of digital transformation.

Marc has ably led our newly established team on race, collaborating with a range of desks and editors to tell the story of race and identity in new forms, including the Race/Related newsletter, the interactive on how views of the police shaped interpretations of body camera videos, and a stream of ambitious stories and social callouts.

As a former foreign correspondent based in Nairobi and Mexico City, and a national correspondent in Phoenix, Marc is already well versed in the domestic and international implications of such varied topics as immigration and drug enforcement. He is a veteran Washington correspondent as well, having covered Congress at The Los Angeles Times and the White House and State Department for us.

Also around the media beat:

  • Variety's Gene Maddaus, formerly of the LA Weekly, scooped the City Hall press corps with the news that Peter Marx, the top tech official recruited by Mayor Eric Garcetti, is departing City Hall for a job at General Electric. Variety
  • Sydney H. Schanberg, a New York Times correspondent who won a Pulitzer Prize for covering Cambodia’s fall to the Khmer Rouge in 1975 and inspired the film “The Killing Fields” with the story of his Cambodian colleague Dith Pran's survival, died on Saturday in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He was 82. NYT
  • The LA Times' big centerpiece investigation in the Sunday paper looked Inside a local OxyContin ring that pushed more than 1 million pills. LAT
  • ktamoringnewscrew.jpgThe KTLA Morning News had big Friday plans for a 25th anniversary show from Knott's Berry Farm, but most on the crew had to scramble back to the studio in Hollywood to cover the Dallas shootings aftermath. They managed an on-air reunion of originals Carlos Amezcua, Barbara Beck, Jennifer York, Mark Kriski and Sam Rubin.
  • San Diego Union-Tribune publisher Jeff Light gives a new reason behind Tribune Publishing changing its name to Tronc. "Part of the reason for the name change is that we don’t own the Tribune name. That was licensed from Tribune Media, the television group that spun out its newspaper properties in 2014. We were permitted to use only 'Tribune Publishing,' but that doesn’t reflect our digital ambitions. 'Tribune Media' was taken, and the TV group also kept 'Tribune Digital.' SD U-T
  • Los Angeles politics and media consultants Dave Jacobson and Maclen Zilber have joined together in a new firm, located on Hollywood Boulevard. Jacobson & Zilber Strategies
  • Matt Welch moves from editor of Reason magazine to editor-at-large.
  • Former Daily News investigative reporter Mike Reicher followed former LA News Group editor Mike Anastasi to the Nashville Tenneseean. He is a data reporter.
  • Garth Kemp is back on LA television full-time as the CBSLA morning weather guy, starting at 4:30 a.m.
  • Deborah Warren was named Director of Marketing and James Sims Director of Communications at Center Theatre Group.
  • Six more women allege that Fox News chief Roger Ailes sexually harassed them. New York
  • Lynn Zook has a new interactive book out: Gambling on a Dream: The Classic Las Vegas Strip 1930-1955

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