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Chicago Journalist Jim Kirk to Be Named Editor of Los Angeles Times Amid Shake-Up

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In another dramatic shake-up at the Los Angeles Times, Chicago journalist Jim Kirk will be named editor in chief of the newspaper, replacing Lewis D’Vorkin, who will move to another position within the parent company.

Jim Kirk is shown in an official Los Angeles Times portrait. (Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

Jim Kirk is shown in an official Los Angeles Times portrait. (Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

The move — which is expected to be announced Monday— follows two weeks of turmoil at The Times, including a unionization vote by newsroom employees and accelerating hostilities between D’Vorkin and his staff.

Kirk, who previously served as publisher and editor of the Chicago Sun-Times, joined The Times’ parent company, Tronc, in August. He was named interim editor of the Times on Aug. 21 after a sweeping shake-up of top editors, but Kirk stepped aside after D’Vorkin joined The Times in early November.

But this time around, Kirk, 52, is being named the permanent editor to lead The Times’ newsroom, said Marisa Kollias, spokesperson for Tronc. D’Vorkin, who was the chief product officer at Forbes until October, becomes the chief officer to develop content for digital and mobile consumers, according to the company.

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