From the “never could have seen this one coming” department:
The Los Angeles Times Media Group announced today that, effective immediately, veteran political analyst and longtime Times journalist Ron Brownstein will join the opinion team as National Affairs Columnist to write a weekly Op-ed column, longer pieces for the paper’s weekend Current section and be a regular contributor to latimes.com. Brownstein joined The Times in 1989 and his weekly “Washington Outlook” column analyzing national politics and government has been one of the paper’s most consistent must-reads since 1994.
“The Times will benefit immensely from having Ron Brownstein’s authoritative voice on the op-ed page,” said David Hiller, publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times. “His mastery of both politics and policy, and his gift for taking the news and framing it in a broader context make him a natural columnist for the ages.”