Los Angeles Times Publisher Ross Levinsohn wasn’t even a week into his search for a new top editor for The Times when he called Forbes Media’s top news executive, Lewis D’Vorkin. Levinsohn was startled when the veteran journalist immediately asked whether he was calling about the editor in chief job.
“You probably wouldn’t want to leave New York,” Levinsohn casually asked. D’Vorkin told him: “Don’t be so sure about that.”
The courtship sped up when D’Vorkin traveled to Los Angeles in late August to meet with Levinsohn and his deputy, Mickie Rosen. When the trio sat down for dinner, D’Vorkin was blunt: “I really want this,” he recalled telling them.
On Monday, D’Vorkin,...