Leo Wolinsky, an editor and reporter at the Los Angeles Times for 31 years, has been named editor of Daily Variety, encompassing both the L.A. and Gotham editions.
Wolinsky, whose masthead positions at the Times included managing editor and executive editor, will be responsible for all editorial content for the print edition. He will begin in January, reporting to Variety Group editor Tim Gray.
A search of the LA Observed archives provides a few reasons to be optimistic about the new hire:
Wolinsky had been involved in the [LAT] newsroom’s approaches to Eli Broad and other potential buyers of the Times before Sam Zell took over, and carried the reputation of not being a popular guy with the Zellots in Chicago.
Kevin Roderick also notes that Wolinsky was a popular editor at the LAT – but he did not see eye-to-eye with editor Russ Stanton, which led to his departure in October of last year.