The Los Angeles Times sent this memo to staff on Wednesday afternoon:
From: Goldberg, Nick [editorial pages editor]
Subject: Juliet Lapidos — Op-Ed Editor
We’re extremely pleased to announce that Juliet Lapidos will be the new op-ed page editor of The Times.
Juliet is a staff editor at the New York Times, where she has spent the last four years writing editorials and editing “Taking Note,” the blog of the editorial board. She’s a former associate editor at the online magazine Slate, where she wrote frequently and edited the Explainer column, as well as regular columns on subjects as disparate as food, drink, religion and television.
She’s also written for the Atlantic, the New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, the Awl, the New York Observer and the websites of the New Republic and the New Yorker, among other places.
She’s the recipient of a number of awards including, most recently, the 2014 New York Times Publisher’s Award for her role in that paper’s editorial page series endorsing the legalization of marijuana. She is a graduate of Yale – but also has an M.Phil in English literature from Cambridge University.
The op-ed page has for many years been a critically important part of our daily report – allowing outsiders of all sorts to opine about the world, the nation, California and L.A., on subjects from politics and culture to science, sports and history. With Juliet’s arrival we intend to build on that tradition, continuing our move into the digital future, using video, audio, graphics, art and text together to broaden the public conversation and to engage readers with provocative ideas and arguments.
Please join us in welcoming Juliet to The Times. She will begin in mid-March.
[Publisher] Austin [Beutner] and Nick