Los Angeles Times Editor John S. Carroll will be honored with the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) Leadership Award at the group’s convention in Washington April 20-23.
ASNE said Carroll was selected for the award because of “his 40-year track record of quality journalism,” and his decision to investigate and publish allegations that then-gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger had groped more than a dozen women during his acting career. The Times lost more than 10,000 subscribers in the days following the Schwarzenegger stories, ASNE noted.
“John Carroll is an extraordinarily appropriate winner, for all his great works over the years in Los Angeles, Baltimore, Lexington and Philadelphia, but in particular for personal leadership in the Times’ coverage of Arnold Schwarzenegger and its aftermath,” said Peter Bhatia, ASNE president and executive editor of The Oregonian in Portland. “He stood tall for journalistic principle, for his newspaper and, ultimately, for doing the right thing.”
“One of the reasons I’m gratified at receiving this award is that it’s being presented by people who’ve known me and my work for years,” Carroll said. “I’m heartened that my friends and colleagues feel I’m worthy of it, and I’m looking forward to seeing them.”
The Leadership Award was first given in 2002 to recognize the leaders who guide America’s newspapers. Past recipients of the award are Paul Steiger, managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, and H. Brandt Ayers, editor and publisher of The Anniston (Ala.) Star.
“The effective leadership of newsrooms has never been more important, and as an organization of leaders, this award is very important and reflective of what ASNE is all about,” Bhatia said.