By: Joe Strupp
Carolina Garcia has been named the new executive editor of the Los Angeles Daily News, the paper reported today.
Garcia, 53, comes to the Daily News after five years as executive editor of The Monterey (Calif.) County Herald. She also served as managing editor of the San Antonio (Texas) Express-News from 1998 to 2003.
She succeeds Ron Kaye, who resigned Friday after 23 years with the newspaper.
Garcia said the Daily News has been a “potent voice for the San Fernando Valley.”
“The energy and passion and commitment to the community is not going to change,” Garcia told the paper. “What I hope readers notice is more of that.”
She told the paper her priorities will include local news coverage and continuing the newspaper’s watchdog role.
“Garcia takes the helm as the Daily News seeks to evolve into a multimedia news source amid a nationwide decline in newspaper subscribers and the migration of readers to online news sites,” the paper stated. “Last month, the 150,000-circulation Daily News laid off reporters, photographers, editors and library and clerical staffers to trim newsroom staffing to 100.”
Garcia is planning to move later this month and will start work at the Daily News on April 28, the paper said.
Daily News Publisher Douglas E. Hanes said Garcia “has been one of the top editors in the country and we were very fortunate to bring her here.”