Matea Gold quits Los Angeles Times to join Washington Post

Matea Gold, who has been with the Los Angeles Times for 17 years, is leaving the paper to join the Washington Post.

Matea Gold

Matea Gold

She tells Romenesko readers: “It was not an easy decision to leave. The bottom line is simply that this was a terrific opportunity, and this was the time when it presented itself. I am huge and lasting fan of the Times, and I am confident that my colleagues there will continue to do great work. I hope whoever turns out to be the next owner of the paper appreciates the value of the tremendous journalists in that newsroom and respects their editorial independence.”

The Post memo:

From: Gill, Alma M
Date: Tue, May 14, 2013 at 6:19 PM
Subject: National staff news: Matea Gold to cover money and politics
To: NEWS – All Newsroom

We are thrilled to announce that Matea Gold will join The Post to write about money and politics — a beat she has excelled at covering in recent years for the Washington bureau of the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. A writer of precision and grace, Matea laid bare how one little-known organization functioned as a major cash turnstile for a network of conservative advocacy groups, revealed the coziness of Mitt Romney’s spending on campaign consultants and broke the news that the Obama campaign was evolving into Organizing for Action.

And those highlights are just from the past year.

A Times reporter since 1996, Matea has spent nearly a decade covering national and state politics – other assignments have included writing about the media from New York, where she captured a disgraced Dan Rather tilting at the windmills of CBS. She began her career at The Times as a beat reporter covering East Los Angeles, writing about immigration and gangs, and produced a three-part series about compulsive gambling. Now she tracks a different kind of high roller.

A graduate of UCLA, Matea was the editor in chief of the Daily Bruin.

She lives in the District with her husband and two daughters. Her first day with us will be June 10; please welcome her to The Post.

Cameron and Anne