Talent Raid Continues, as ‘LA Times’ Loses Another Top Journo to ‘NY Times’

By: E&P Staff

Not long ago, it was the Los Angeles Times raiding The New York Times for valued reporters. Now the shoe is on the other foot, or coast.

The Times (L.A.) lost its fourth top reporter or editor to The Times (N.Y.) in a week yesterday when news emerged, via L.A. Weekly, that Michael Cieply, the paper’s best known reporter/editor on the entertainment business beat, was heading East.

Earlier in the month, film critic Manohla Dargis, music business writer Jeff Leeds and architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff also jumped to the New York paper.

It is not known how much, if anything, the Tribune Co.-mandated budget cuts at the LA Times (and other papers) had to do with any of this, but insiders acknowledge that the mood in the newsroom is currently not at its highest.

Cieply captained the Los Angeles Times’ recent high-profile probe of Vanity Fair Editor Graydon Carter’s ties to Hollywood. He has also worked at The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Inside.com.

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