Lewis D'Vorkin, the embattled editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times, is being replaced by veteran Chicago journalist Jim Kirk in a dramatic shake-up at the newspaper that follows weeks of tumult in the newsroom.
The newspaper's parent, Chicago-based Tronc, confirmed the move late Sunday. Kirk, 52, who joined Tronc in August, is a former editor and publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times who briefly served as interim editor at the Los Angeles Times ahead of D'Vorkin's appointment less than five months ago.
D'Vorkin, 65, will become Tronc's chief content officer.
As NPR's David Folkenflik reports, "These moves follow intense newsroom anger over D'Vorkin's [handling] of the paper's coverage of Disney; amorphous plans to supplement Los Angeles Times and Tronc content with non-newsroom writers and content partners; and D'Vorkin's obsessive reaction to newsroom leaks and controversies."
Previously, while chief product officer at Forbes, D'Vorkin sought to open up advertising streams by allowing advertisers to contribute material alongside the magazine's own articles, according to the New York Times.