June 3, 1999 Times President and CEO Kathryn Downing becomes the ninth publisher of The Times. She succeeds Mark Willes who remains chairman and CEO of Times Mirror.
March 13, 2000 Tribune Company announces its merger with Times Mirror, creating a major-market multimedia leader with operations in broadcasting, publishing and interactive in 18 of the top 30 markets. When the merger is ratified by stockholders of both companies on June 12, Tribune becomes the only media company with a television-newspaper-interactive combination in the top three markets - New York, Los Angeles and Chicago - and reaches nearly 80 percent of U.S. households.
April 24, 2000 John Puerner, publisher of the Orlando Sentinel, is named the 10th publisher of The Times.
April 29, 2000 The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes mark its 20th anniversary during its annual awards ceremony at UCLA's Royce Hall. It is the first time the event is integrated into The Times' Festival of Books.
June 12, 2000 Times Mirror’s merger with Tribune is complete after a majority of stockholders at meetings in Los Angeles and Chicago approve the deal. The Times becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Tribune Co.
August 14-17, 2000 For the first time since 1960, Los Angeles hosts the Democratic National Convention. The Times publishes special stand-alone sections each day and files continuous updates for latimes.com.
September 13, 2000 Fourteen Our Times editions cease publication as The Times moves away from block-by-block coverage to refocus its local and regional coverage on major issues affecting all Southern Californians.
February 7, 2001 The Times begins a nearly two-year transition to the CCI pagination system with the conversion of the Food section. This is followed in early March by the conversion of the Travel section.
March 5, 2001 The single-copy price of newspaper increases to 50 cents from 25 cents in Southern California. The new price is consistent with that of most other major metropolitan daily newspapers.
April 16, 2001 The Times wins its 25th Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting by David Willman about unsafe prescription drugs that had been approved by the U.S. government.
April 28-29, 2001 A record 120,000 people turn out for The Times' sixth annual Festival of Books on the UCLA campus. The event features 400 authors.
May 6, 2001 The Times introduces new B sections – called “ California” – and a partially redesigned A section, expanding and adding new content, and providing a more logical, better-organized newspaper. The change makes content, layout and design more uniform in both sections and throughout all four editions of the paper.
September, 2001 The Times’ three weekly community news sections, San Gabriel Valley, South Bay and Westside, cease publication. The decision is based on a loss of advertising and a shift in editorial focus.
September 11, 2001 The Times gears up to cover the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The newspaper publishes a special eight-page Extra edition the day of the attacks. Latimes.com reports more than 3 million page views for the day, breaking the previous record of 2.2 million set after the Lakers' NBA victory in June.
September 12, 2001 Latimes.com sets a new daily record: 5.2 million page views.
September 15, 2001 More than 550,000 additional copies of The Times were sold during the first four days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. This surpasses what is believed to be The Times’ previous record for incremental sales increase of 360,000, set Nov. 22-25, 1963, following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
January 23, 2002 Ray McCutcheon is named senior vice president of advertising, responsible for all retail, national and classified advertising. McCutcheon had served as The Times’ vice president of advertising since 1999.
February 2002 Latimes.com wins Editor & Publisher magazine's EPpy award for the best overall U.S. Newspaper Online Service with national or daily circulation over 250,000. The award is one of the top annual prizes for newspaper Web sites.
March 2002 The Times introduces new versions of its TV Times magazine. The four new editions consolidate 31 versions of the magazine while providing readers with more information in an easier-to-use format.