Drex Heikes, a former editor at the Los Angeles Times and most recently an editor in Las Vegas, has been named the next editor of LA Weekly.

Heikes will replace Laurie Ochoa, who was forced to resign earlier this month by executives of Village Voice Media, which publishes the alternative newspaper.

Heikes spent 18 years at The Times, including seven as an editor of the Los Angeles Times magazine. In 2005, he joined the Las Vegas Sun as the No. 2 editor.


Most recently he assigned and edited the Sun’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of the deaths of construction workers.

Heikes, who joins the Weekly staff on Aug. 17, said “I see the LA Weekly as a chance to lead a newspaper whose core mission is sound journalism -- old-fashioned, shoe-leather reporting and lively writing, with smart cultural reporting and criticism mixed in. The Weekly should reflect life in Los Angeles. If it does, readers will embrace it.”

-- Sherry Stern