Sewell Chan Named Texas Tribune Editor

From a Los Angeles Times story by Meg James headlined “Los Angeles Times’ Sewell Chan named Texas Tribune editor”:

The Texas Tribune announced that it has hired the veteran journalist and native New Yorker to lead its newsroom in Austin. The nonprofit organization has been on the hunt for a new leader since former editorial director Stacy-Marie Ishmael departed earlier this year, citing burnout during the pandemic.

Chan, 43, has been a senior editor of The Los Angeles Times for nearly three years. The former international news editor at the New York Times was among the first wave of high-level journalists to join the newsroom as part of a hiring spree to replenish the paper’s withered ranks after Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong and his wife, Michele Soon-Shiong, acquired the paper for $500 million from then-Tribune Co….

Chan initially served as a deputy managing editor, then he switched gears to become editor of The Times’ opinion section in April 2020. He was a candidate for the top job that ultimately went to Kevin Merida, who succeeded Norman Pearlstine, who stepped down in December….

Chan’s last day with The Times will be Sept. 3. He plans to move to Texas and join the Tribune’s staff by Oct. 18.

“I love the L.A. Times and feel more optimistic than ever about its future,” Chan said. “I’ve been proud of all the work my team has done, but the opportunity to direct the work in a state that is going to be politically pivotal — with such issues as voting rights, climate change, demographics, technology and abortion rights — seemed too good to pass up.”

The Tribune is a nonprofit digital news organization that boasts the largest state Capitol bureau in Texas. It has about 10,000 members who support the journalism even though the website is free to readers. With a 50-person newsroom, the Tribune specializes in accountability journalism with a focus on public policy, politics, government, immigration and statewide issues.

It was founded in 2009 by venture capitalist John Thornton and veteran journalists Evan Smith and Ross Ramsey….

Also see the announcement by Evan Smith in The Texas Tribune.

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