Assistant Managing Editor John Corrigan leaving L.A. Times

John Corrigan has led The Times' arts and entertainment coverage for four years.
(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Assistant Managing Editor John Corrigan is leaving The Times to become an editor at the Wall Street Journal, Times Editor/Publisher Davan Maharaj announced.

During his four years leading The Times’ arts and entertainment coverage, Corrigan guided a number of notable series, including Jeff Fleishman’s “Inside the L.A. Philharmonic,” Christopher Hawthorne’s “Immigration and Architecture” and Daniel Miller’s “Selling Stardom,” which is currently a finalist for a Loeb Award.

Corrigan also helped steer coverage of major entertainment news events, including the Sony hack and the Motion Picture Academy’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy.


Corrigan joined The Times in 1999 as the night city editor and weekly business editor for the San Fernando Valley edition. After moving to the Business section downtown, he directed a series of memorable projects including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Wal-Mart series and investigative reporting into Toyota’s sudden acceleration problem, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer and won a Loeb Award.

He also championed coverage of the troubled subprime loan industry, in particular lenders Ameriquest and Countrywide, years before the mortgage meltdown caught the attention of other news organizations.

Maharaj credits Corrigan with helping recruit a diverse team of top-tier journalists who will ensure The Times’ entertainment coverage is strong for years to come.

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