Los Angeles Times Executive Editor Norman Pearlstine has unveiled a leadership team that includes newsroom veterans and a newly hired editor, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.
Scott Kraft becomes managing editor. Kraft, who has been with The Times for more than three decades, will be responsible for foreign, national, Washington, California and Metro news in addition to investigations and enterprise reporting, the newspaper reported. Until Monday, when the new appointments were announced, Kraft, 63, served as deputy managing editor and previously was front-page editor and national editor. He previously worked for the Associated Press and has served as Times bureau chief in Nairobi, Kenya; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Paris.
Kraft was one of the few senior editors to survive a purge of the paper’s leadership last summer by its previous owners, The Times reported
Kris Viesselman, 52, on Monday joined The Times in the newly created position of chief transformation editor and creative director. The Minnesota native comes to Los Angeles from Congressional Quarterly and Roll Call in Washington, D.C., where she served as editor in chief, leading a newsroom of more than 100 people covering Congress. Earlier in her career, she worked at The Times, the Orange County Register and the San Diego Union-Tribune. She has spent most of her career in California, starting out at the Sacramento Bee.
Viesselman will be in charge of the digital report, audience engagement, the data desk, design, video and newsletters — areas of growth identified by The Times’ new owner, Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, who last month acquired the California Times news group, which includes The San Diego Union-Tribune, from Chicago newspaper company Tronc.
Also promoted Monday was Kimi Yoshino, 46, who has served as business editor for the last four years. She becomes deputy managing editor, overseeing sports, business, arts, entertainment and lifestyle coverage. In the last few months, Yoshino also was in charge of the newspaper’s digital report. She worked as an editor in Metro and as a reporter, joining the paper’s Orange County edition in 2000, according to The Times.
Colin Crawford remains a deputy managing editor, responsible for news operations, development and labor relations, photography, the editorial library, Spanish-language Hoy and community newspapers, The Times reported. Separate from the newsroom, Nick Goldberg, editor of the editorial pages, will continue to oversee Opinion, including editorials, op-ed columns and opinion columnists. The five editors all will report to Pearlstine.