September 21, 2021

Sewell Chan of Los Angeles Times Will Lead Texas Tribune Newsroom

Mr. Chan, a native of New York City, started his career at The Washington Post. In 2004, he joined The New York Times, where he worked as a metro reporter, Washington correspondent, deputy opinion editor and international news editor.

He joined The Los Angeles Times as a deputy managing editor in 2018 and became the editorial page editor last year. On his watch, Robert Greene won a Pulitzer Prize for a series of editorials on the criminal justice system. Mr. Chan was one of the internal candidates to become the newsroom leader of The Los Angeles Times after its executive editor, Norman Pearlstine, departed last year. The job went to Kevin Merida in May.

The Tribune, a nonprofit digital publication known for its rigorous coverage of politics and policymaking in the Lone Star State, was started in 2009. Mr. Chan said he was drawn to its civic mission and base of support “across political divides, geographical divides, across different racial and ethnic communities.” He added that The Tribune’s nonprofit structure was “a major part of the solution” for a news media industry struggling to find sustainable streams of revenue.

“I’m down on chains and on newspapers owned by private equity or hedge funds, because I think that local investment, local commitment to these regional news brands is so important to the mission and also to gaining and regaining the trust of readers,” he said.

Mr. Chan said The Tribune would remain an important publication into the 2022 midterm elections and 2024 presidential election.

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