LA Times Publisher Taking Leave of Absence Amid Investigation


Dearborn added Mickie Rosen will lead the LA Times and Lewis D'Vorkin will lead the newsroom in Levinsohn's absence. In a January 3 email to employees that was reviewed by Bloomberg, L.A. Times Interim Executive Editor Jim Kirk and Editor in Chief Lewis D'Vorkin warned: "union leaders may tell you they can protect against layoffs but they didn't at the New York Times, Huffington Post, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal".

A few years later, Levinsohn was named in a lawsuit stemming from his tenure as an executive for News Corp.

The win for the newsroom comes after news that Tronc is investigating L.A. Times publisher Ross Levinsohn after NPR reported his past of sexual harassment and misconduct.

The first sexual harassment lawsuit against him and other defendants was litigated in 2001, when he was an executive at internet search company Alta Vista.

Ross Levinsohn is taking an unpaid leave of absence as publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times amid a probe into misconduct claims.

After 136 years, the Los Angeles Times newsroom has formed a union after votes were tallied on Friday by federal employees. The report, by media correspondent David Folkenflik, found that Levinsohn was a defendant in two sexual harassment lawsuits and that he allegedly engaged in "frat-boy" behavior in work settings before joining The Times on August 21.

While an executive overseeing the Hollywood Reporter trade magazine, Levinsohn allegedly told a colleague as he was leaving a lunch event the magazine sponsored with fashion stylists, "Why would I hang out with a bunch of ladies and fags?"

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Most major news organizations in the United States, including The Associated Press, are unionized and digital media such as the Huffington Post also have seen successful organizing efforts.

The day before the January 4 vote, the paper's editor-in-chief, Lewis D'Vorkin, and its former interim executive editor, Jim Kirk, made a last-ditch effort to quash the union campaign. In a telephone call Wednesday with NPR's CEO, Jarl Mohn, Levinsohn called the accusations "lies" and said he would retain a lawyer if he felt NPR had disparaged him, NPR reported.

How are Levinsohn and the L.A. Times responding to the NPR report?

In response, more than 180 newsroom employees signed a letter saying Levinsohn has "lost credibility as the leader of one of the country's top newspapers".

The publishing company found out about the allegations earlier this week and immediately launched its investigation.

"We are immediately launching an investigation so that we have a better understanding of what's occurred", Pulte said.

"We respect the outcome of the election and look forward to productive conversations with union leadership as we move forward", L.A. Times parent company Tronc Inc. said in a statement provided to TheWrap. "We will take appropriate action to address any behavior that falls short of these expectations".