By: Staff Reports
Orlando Sentinel Publisher Replaces Downing
It’s official: Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel Publisher John P. Puerner is the new publisher of the Los Angeles Times, it was announced yesterday. He replaces Kathryn M. Downing, who was named publisher in June 1999.
John S. Carroll, editor of The (Baltimore) Sun, was named L.A. Times editor, replacing Michael Parks, who became editor in 1997.
The appointments, effective immediately, were expected as part of the $8 billion merger of Sentinel parent Tribune Co. and L.A. Times parent Times Mirror. Puerner had helped lead a merger transition team and the L.A. Times reported April 14 that he and Carroll were expected to be named publisher and editor, respectively.
Puerner, 48, became publisher of the Sentinel in 1993 after serving in finance, circulation, and marketing roles at Tribune Co. and its flagship, the Chicago Tribune.
Carroll, 58, became editor of the Sun, a Times Mirror paper, in 1991. He previously was editor of the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader.
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