New L.A. Times Owner Names Veteran Journalist Norman Pearlstine as Executive Editor

Norman Pearlstine, who has spent 50 years in journalism helping shape some of the nation’s most prominent publications — including Time Inc. magazines, Bloomberg News, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal — on Monday was named executive editor of the Los Angeles Times.

Veteran journalist Norman Pearlstine is the new executive editor of the Los Angeles Times. (Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Veteran journalist Norman Pearlstine is the new executive editor of the Los Angeles Times. (Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

It was the first major move by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, who completed his $500-million purchase of The Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, Spanish-language Hoy and several community papers from Chicago newspaper company Tronc.

During the last two months, Pearlstine, 75, has served as an advisor to Soon-Shiong, charged with creating a transition plan. He will now help execute that plan.

“Not only does he have amazing experience with the full knowledge of how a newsroom runs — but he’s amazingly modern and forward-looking,” Soon-Shiong said. “There’s no agenda, other than to make this the best journalistic institution. We’re lucky to be able to capture him.”

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