John Carroll, the editor of the Los Angeles Times since 2000, announced Wednesday that he is retiring and will be replaced by the Times’ Managing Editor, Dean Baquet.
Publisher Jeffrey M. Johnson praised Carroll for his leadership, noting that during his tenure the Times won 13 Pulitzer Prizes, and that Baquet was well prepared to succeed Carroll in running the paper’s news operations.
“Since joining the Times in 2000, John has raised the standards in virtually every area of the news operation, and had led the paper through a period of great achievement,” Johnson said in a statement. “Dean is an exceptionally talented, dynamic and well-respected editor who has been essential to the progress of the Times during the last five years.”
Under Carroll, the Times reclaimed its position as one of the country’s most respected newspapers after a scandal in which the newspaper shared profits with the subject of an issue of the Los Angeles Times Magazine, the Staples Center, a violation of journalistic protocol.
Tribune Co. recruited Carroll to head the newsroom after buying the Times and its parent company, Times-Mirror Co. He had been the top editor of The Sun in Baltimore, which like the Los Angeles Times was owned by Times-Mirror.
Carroll refocused the Times’ local coverage to a more regional approach with local sections titled “California” rather than specific communities. He also allowed experimentation in the Times’ editorial pages.