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Los Angeles Times owner Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong has appointed Terry Tang, editor of the editorial page, as the paper's executive editor on an interim basis. Tang becomes the first female editor in the paper's 142-year history.
"I deeply appreciate the work you all do across the organization, and am excited as we transition to new editorial leadership with Terry," Soon-Shiong said on Thursday in a note to the staff.
Soon-Shiong moved quickly to name Tang as the new leader in order to stabilize a newsroom that has been experiencing turmoil, including layoffs, strikes, and the departure of top editors. Tang is a respected journalist and has a prior working relationship with Soon-Shiong.
"Today's announcement begins that implementation."
Since the acquisition of the Los Angeles Times in 2018, the paper has faced significant financial losses and cost-cutting measures. Over 115 journalists were laid off earlier this week to reduce losses that have amounted to tens of millions of dollars.
"We are committed to important public service journalism that our community relies on while accelerating new, novel approaches. We will execute decisively to engage new audiences."