Ashley Dunn was named assistant managing editor in charge of California news in March 2011. He oversees the Los Angeles Times' largest group of editors and reporters, who cover the length and breadth of the state. The staff has won numerous awards, accolades and community recognition over the years, including Pulitzer Prizes for breaking news, features and most recently, its investigation of corruption in the city of Bell.
Dunn joined The Times in 1986 as a suburban reporter in the San Gabriel Valley and later moved to the Metro section, where he participated in coverage of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and the 1992 Los Angeles riots. After a stint at the New York Times, Dunn returned to Los Angeles in 1988 as a reporter and then editor in The Times' Business section. He later was named to run science coverage. Most recently, he worked as deputy national editor from 2007 to 2011 and played a central role in the coverage of some of the biggest national stories of recent years, including the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the 2008 election of President Obama.
Prior to his career at The Times, Dunn worked at the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, the Danbury News-Times in Connecticut and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.