The Los Angeles Times today announced that Russ Stanton, its executive vp and editor, will be stepping down from his position on Dec. 23. His replacement will be Davan Maharaj, the Times’ current managing editor for news.
Stanton first joined the Times as a business reporter in 1997. Since taking the newspaper’s top editorial spot four years ago, the Times has won three Pulitzer Prizes and expanded its digital audience, which now totals more than 17 million unique readers every month, according to a statement from the Times. However, Stanton’s time as executive editor was also fraught with financial difficulty. During those four years, the newspaper’s editorial staff dropped from more than 900 people to just around 550.
Maharaj joined the Times in 1989 as a reporter, eventually becoming an assistant foreign editor, and in 2007, was made business editor. The following year, he was appointed managing editor for news, and since then, has led the newspaper’s foreign, national, metro, sports, and business departments.
A statement announcing the editorial news placed a heavy emphasis on the Times' digital future, with president and COO Kathy Thomson praising Maharaj's ability to “step in immediately with energy and vision for how to continue the Times’ advancement in the digital age.”
Added Maharaj, “We will continue to push forward, especially in the digital and mobile space. Our commitment to delivering high-quality journalism remains unwavering.”