Los Angeles Times Announces Editor Succession


LOS ANGELES, July 20, 2005 – The Los Angeles Times announced today that Dean P. Baquet, managing editor, will become executive vice president and editor on August 15. He succeeds John S. Carroll who is retiring from The Times.

“John is one of the country’s most well-respected editors who believes deeply in great journalism,” said Jeffrey M. Johnson, Times publisher. “Since joining The Times in 2000, John has raised the standards in virtually every area of the news operation, and has led the paper through a period of great achievement, including 13 Pulitzer Prizes. We are indebted to him for his extraordinary legacy of journalistic excellence and wish him every happiness in the future.

“Dean is an exceptionally talented, dynamic and well-respected editor who has been essential to the progress of The Times during the last five years. His personal leadership qualities and breadth of experience, both at The Times and in prior assignments, make him the very best person to succeed John. We have the highest confidence in his abilities to lead the news operations of this great paper,” said Johnson.


“Being editor of The Times these last five years has been a privilege,” said Carroll. “I’m grateful for the staff’s fine work and generous spirit. The journalistic achievements speak for themselves. Regarding my successor, I hired Dean five years ago, hoping he’d be right for this job. I doubt there’s a better qualified editor anywhere.”

“It is an extraordinary honor to succeed John Carroll, one of the best editors in America, and to have the chance to lead one of the country’s greatest papers,” said Baquet.

As part of the leadership transition, the editorial and opinion pages of the Los Angeles Times now will report directly to the publisher. “The editorial and opinion pages are distinct and completely separate from the news department,” said Johnson. “This change underscores the independence of these pages from the news operations.”

Dean P. Baquet

Baquet, 48, joined The Times in 2000, after serving as national editor of The New York Times since 1995. He joined The New York Times in 1990 as an investigative reporter, focusing on local and Washington, D.C. investigations. During that period, Baquet was a finalist, with another reporter, for the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for a series of stories about poor care in New York City’s public hospitals.

Prior to joining The New York Times, Baquet reported for the Chicago Tribune from 1984 to 1990, and before that for The States-Item and The Times-Picayune in New Orleans for nearly seven years. While at the Chicago Tribune, Baquet served as associate metropolitan editor for investigations and was chief investigative reporter. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in 1988 as one of a team of three reporters documenting corruption in the Chicago City Council. Baquet attended Columbia University where he majored in English.

John S. Carroll

Carroll, 63, was named editor of the Los Angeles Times in 2000. During the past five years, the 13 Pulitzer Prizes awarded to The Times recognized editorial excellence in a wide range of categories and include the coveted Gold Medal for Public Service in 2005. Carroll also introduced a broader-themed California section in all editions of the paper, established investigative teams in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., introduced new features sections, and completed a major redesign of the paper.

Prior to joining The Times, Carroll was senior vice president and editor of The Baltimore Sun starting in 1991. From 1979 to 1991, Carroll worked at the Lexington (Ky.) Herald and later the Lexington Herald-Leader in several executive roles including editor, vice president and executive vice president. Before that, he held several editor positions at the Philadelphia Inquirer from 1972 to 1979.

From 1966 to 1972, Carroll worked at The Baltimore Sun as a local reporter, Vietnam correspondent, Middle East correspondent and White House correspondent. He began his newspaper career in 1963 as a state staff reporter for the Providence (R.I.) Journal-Bulletin. From May 1964 to May 1966, Carroll served in the U.S. Army.

Carroll holds a bachelor’s degree from Haverford College. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and a Visiting Journalist Fellow at Queen Elizabeth House-Oxford University. He was elected an American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow in 2003, and received both the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ Leadership Award and the Committee to Protect Journalists’ Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for lifetime achievement in defense of press freedom in 2004. He served on the Pulitzer Prize board from 1994 to 2003 and was chairman in 2002.

The Los Angeles Times, a Tribune Publishing company, is the largest metropolitan daily newspaper in the country and the winner of 37 Pulitzer Prizes, including two this year. The Times publishes five daily regional editions, for the Los Angeles metropolitan area, Orange County, Ventura County, the San Fernando Valley, and the Inland Empire of Riverside and San Bernardino counties, as well as a National edition. Additional information about The Times is available at

Martha Goldstein