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L.A. Times Appoints First Female Executive Editor in its 142-Year History

Terry Tang, formerly serving as interim executive editor, now officially assumes the role of executive editor at the Los Angeles Times, becoming the first woman to lead the publication in its 142-year history.

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The Los Angeles Times, one of the United States’ largest newspapers, is set to make history as it appoints Terry Tang as its executive editor, marking the first time a woman will lead the paper in its 142-year existence.

Tang, who has been with the organization since 2019, steps into the role after serving as interim executive editor since January. Her appointment comes amidst a challenging period for the publication, characterized by significant layoffs and financial losses.

The decision to name Tang as executive editor follows a series of dismissals last year, which led to a wave of cuts announced by the newspaper’s owners, Patrick and Michele Soon-Shiong. These cuts were made in anticipation of further financial losses amounting to approximately $100 million since the Soon-Shiongs acquired the paper in 2018.

Tang’s tenure as executive editor comes at a critical juncture for the print media industry, with major news organizations facing staff reductions and other challenges. Despite these obstacles, Tang’s extensive experience in journalism positions her well to lead the Los Angeles Times through these turbulent times.

Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Tang brings a wealth of experience to her new role, having previously worked at The New York Times for two decades in various positions. She joined the L.A. Times in 2019 as deputy op-ed editor and has since played a key role in the publication’s editorial operations.

“Terry in short order has demonstrated the capability of building on our legacy of excellence in journalism with stories that matter. She understands our mission to be a thriving pillar of democracy and the critical role that the L.A. Times’ voice plays — to our city, and to the world — in bringing attention to issues that matter most, especially for those whose voices are often unheard,” the Soon-Shiongs said in a statement.

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