LAT Names Bob Drogin D.C. Deputy Bureau Chief

LAT has named Bob Drogin Washington Bureau Chief. The main reason? As it happens, he’s pretty good at editing. Previously, Drogin covered intelligence and national security. Bureau Chief David Lauter details the various reasons why Drogin is a good fit. He doesn’t want to incite jealousy though, he says, so he’s keeping a limit on the praise.

See the delightful internal memo…

From: David Lauter, Washington Bureau Chief, Los Angeles Times…

As you all know, Bob Drogin was “persuaded” to try on an editor’s hat a few months ago. Turns out, it fit. Much to Bob’s surprise, he likes editing. And to no one’s surprise, he does it extremely well.  So I’m very happy to announce that we’ll be making this a permanent state of affairs. Today, Bob formally joins the bureau as Deputy Bureau Chief. Bob will still edit the national security team, as he has been doing – terrifically—for the past few months. He’ll also take on broader responsibilities, working with reporters and editors across the room as we continue to strive for excellence, originality, timeliness and insight in all we do. This is a happy coincidence for me. More than two decades ago, Bob and I were teamed up to cover Michael Dukakis’ campaign for the presidency. Dukakis was hapless, but Bob was great. I was definitely the junior member of the team, and he taught me important lessons in reporting and writing (and also a few things about expense accounts that were possible in those more halcyon days).  Bob went on to be a foreign correspondent based in Manila and  Johannesburg, where he covered Nelson Mandela’s election, the genocide in Rwanda, the Gulf War and other adventures. His 2007 book, Curveball, about an informant whose fabrications became central to the argument that Saddam Hussein controlled weapons of mass destruction, was one of the most impressive pieces of sustained reporting to explain the run up to the Iraq War and deservedly won several awards. I won’t list Bob’s other awards for fear of inciting jealousy. Please join me in officially welcoming him aboard.