Prominent journalist of Indian- descent ousted as LA Times editor

Vastavam web: A prominent journalist of Indian- descent has been fired as the editor of the Los Angeles Times after serving 28 years at the news organisation, as part of a significant shake-up of the American daily’s top management.Davan Maharaj, who served as both editor and publisher since 2016, was terminated along with other senior editors of the daily.”Maharaj was terminated along with a handful of other senior editors, including Managing Editor Marc Duvoisin, Deputy Managing Editor for Digital Megan Garvey and Assistant Managing Editor of Investigations Matt Doig,” a report in the LA Times said.While Maharaj was editor, The Times won three Pulitizer Prizes, including for breaking news reporting of the 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino.

“During the last 28 years, it has been an honour working with the best journalists in a great American newsroom,” Maharaj said in an email, quoted in the LA Times report.”They are indomitable, and I wish them well in their continued fight to serve our community. I’m proud of the work we’ve done,” he added.Ross Levinsohn, a veteran media executive who worked at Fox and had served as interim chief of Yahoo, was named publisher and chief executive of the 135-year-old LA Times.The report added that the shake-up came just one month after an investigative report was published in The Times that revealed that the former dean of the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine had partied with a prostitute and drug dealers, including on campus.

Some reporters who had worked on the project approached senior corporate management to express concern that Maharaj and Duvoisin had delayed the story for fear of upsetting USC, which hosts the newspaper’s annual Festival of Books.