By: Joe Strupp
Los Angeles Daily News Editor Ron Kaye resigned from the paper on Friday, the Daily News reported. The paper plans to announce a replacement later today.
Kaye, who joined the Daily News in 1985 as an assistant city editor, had been expected to leave after online rumors reported his days were numbered last week.
“All good things in life come to an end sooner or later, even my love affair with the Daily News,” Kaye said in a message to the newsroom, the paper reported. “What will always be with me is my love and respect for all of you.”
Prior to coming to the Daily News, Kaye worked as a reporter and editor at the Associated Press, Newsweek, The Plain Dealer of Cleveland, the National Enquirer, and the former Los Angeles Herald-Examiner.
“During his tenure at the Daily News, Kaye became the public face of the newspaper, and his bombastic personality and scathing criticism of Los Angeles City Hall shaped the editorial pages of the paper,” the Daily News reported.
“A lot of political figures thought Ron was being unfair or hard on them,” Rick Orlov, a longtime Daily News political reporter and columnist, said in the paper. “What he was trying to do was make them look at what they’re doing and how it was affecting the middle-class and working-class families of the San Fernando Valley.”
Kaye’s departure came a month after the Daily News laid off 22 newsroom employees, which cut down newsroom staffing to 100, the paper reported.