Lori Streifler, the longtime head editor of City News Service, was named president of the wire service Monday.
She will take over Sept. 4 from Douglas Faigin, who will retire after serving as president since 1985.
CNS is the nation’s largest regional wire service, covering Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego and Riverside counties 24 hours a day. Most major media outlets in Southern California — along with national and international media with Los Angeles bureaus — subscribe to CNS. The service was founded in 1928.
Streifler, who holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and history from the University of Southern California, has managed CNS newsroom operations while guiding coverage of virtually every major Southland news story during the past three decades, including the Rodney King beating and subsequent civil unrest, the O.J. Simpson criminal and civil trials, numerous elections, breaking Hollywood news, numerous court cases, major earthquakes, wildfires, crime and the coronavirus pandemic.
She has held the post of CNS editor since 2005 and prior to that was city editor. Streifler joined the company in 1985 as the Orange County bureau chief after working as a reporter for a Hearst newspaper chain in Los Angeles County.
A Los Angeles County native, she is a longtime member of the board of directors of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, which awarded her the Distinguished Journalist award in 2003. She also serves on the board of the 8 Ball Emergency Fund for Journalists, previously known as the 8 Ball Welfare Foundation, which provides grants to help Southern California journalists and photojournalists in need of temporary financial assistance.
Streifler will be succeeded as editor by Marty Sauerzopf, who has been city editor of CNS since 2005 after reporting for The Arizona Republic, the state’s largest newspaper.
The Arizona State University graduate began his professional journalism career at CNS in 1989, covering entertainment, courts and eventually Los Angeles City Hall. He returned to Arizona and spent 13 years covering an array of local governments and regional transportation issues for the Scottsdale Progress, the Tribune newspaper group and the Republic.
Sauerzopf returned to CNS to work alongside Streifler to oversee a four-county reporting staff. He received a Distinguished Journalist award from the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in 2012.
CNS under Faigin’s leadership expanded from Los Angeles into San Diego and Riverside counties and more than doubled the number of subscribers. Prior to CNS, Faigin was a radio and newspaper reporter and editor, as well as owner-operator of radio stations in Colorado. Faigin also served in government and politics and was a top aide to Edmund G. Brown Jr.
Faigin, who holds a doctorate in political science from Claremont Graduate University, will remain a member of the California State University Board of Trustees, to which he was originally appointed by Brown in 2013. His term as a CSU trustee ends in 2025.