The Los Angeles Times career of David Lauter began in Washington, D.C. 24 years ago, via an eight-year stint covering the administrations of Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush. Now, after heading west in 1995, Lauter is returning to the Beltway as the Tribune Co.’s Washington D.C. bureau chief.
Since David became L.A. Times California editor in October 2007, the Metro staff has produced some of the newsroom’s signature work, including uncovering the corruption scandal in the city of Bell, producing the “Grading the Teachers” series, investigating the county child welfare department and dissecting the state’s fiscal crisis. Another highlight of David’s tenure was the “Big Burn” series on wildfires, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for explanatory reporting.
Lauter is taking over effective immediately for Kerry Luft, who is stepping into the role of Chicago Tribune senior editor. The DC bureau encompasses 19 reporters and four editors. Lauter will also be tasked with helping boost the profile of “Politics Now,” a Tribune blog written by Jim Oliphant and Mike Memoli.