Laurie McGinley quits Los Angeles Times to join Washington Post

Laurie McGinley, who is currently in the Los Angeles Times’ Washington bureau, joins the Washington Post next month to direct its health, science and environment coverage. “Few journalists in Washington know more than Laurie about the workings of the nation’s health care system,” says a Post memo. Read it after the jump.

From: Kevin Merida
Date: June 29, 2012 5:33:03 PM EDT
To: NEWS – All Newsroom
Subject: STAFF NEWS: Laurie McGinley joins the Post


We are delighted to announce that Laurie McGinley, a distinguished editor in the Washington bureau of the Los Angeles Times, will be joining The Post to direct our health, science and environment coverage.

Laurie brings a wealth of expertise and policy savvy to her new assignment. She spent 27 years at the Wall Street Journal on a variety of beats, including health care policy, the FDA, NASA and economics. She was part of a Journal team that won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting on the development and impact of AIDS medications.

She left the Journal to help start a nonprofit online news service – Kaiser Health News – for the Kaiser Family Foundation (no affiliation with Kaiser Permanente). Last September, she became the enterprise editor in the LA Times Washington Bureau, directing coverage of money and politics, economics and health care, and leading investigations.

Few journalists in Washington know more than Laurie about the workings of the nation’s health care system. And that’s good news for us at this critical time when that subject is moving to the center of American

“She is a brilliant editor,” says her former reporter Tom Hamburger. “She is not only a fun person, but has this extraordinary ability to take the most complicated, arcane topics and make them intelligible and appealing by the time they reach publication.”

Laurie is a graduate of Syracuse University and is married to former Washington Post reporter and editor Eric Pianin.

Please welcome her when she arrives next month.