Lawrence Ingrassia joined the Los Angeles Times in January 2015 as managing editor focusing on new ventures. Before that, he worked at the New York Times, as business editor from 2004 to 2012 and later as deputy managing editor for new initiatives.
Coverage he directed at the New York Times won five Pulitzer Prizes – one each for national reporting, international reporting and commentary and two in explanatory reporting - and his reporters won numerous other journalism prizes, including Polk and Loeb awards. In 2009, the judges of the Loeb Awards honored him with the Minard Editor Award for excellence in business and economic journalism for the New York Times's coverage of the 2008 financial crisis, which was a Pulitzer finalist in the Public Service category.
He previously worked at the Wall Street Journal for 25 years, starting as a reporter in 1978 in the newspaper's Chicago bureau, then working in various reporting and editing jobs in Minneapolis, London, Boston and New York, eventually becoming an assistant managing editor.
He began his career as a reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, which he joined in 1974 after graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Illinois.