During his time as an editor, the newspaper won three Pulitzer Prizes.
After 28 years of serving the LA Times, African-Indian journalist Davan Maharaja has been fired as an editor. It comes after a massive change of management for the US newspaper.
Davan Maharaja had landed the position as Editor and Publisher in 2016.
However, on 23rd August 2017, the African-Indian journalist had his contract ended. Many of his fellow colleagues also faced a similar fate.
A report confirmed the news saying:
“Maharaja was terminated along with a handful of other senior editors, including Managing Editor Marc Duvosin, Deputy Managing Editor for Digital Megan Garvey and Assitant Managing Editor of Investigations Matt Doig.”
The African-Indian journalist, a native of Trinidad, began his career in 1989 as a summer intern. He worked as a reporter in areas such as East Africa and Orange County. The figure also served in a variety of editorial roles. These included business editor and assistant foreign editor.
Finally, he landed in the LA Times and served there for 28 years. During his time as an editor, the newspaper won three Pulitzer Prizes. One of which was for breaking news on the 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino.
Speaking of his time at LA Times, the African-Indian journalist explained:
“During the last 28 years, it has been an honour working with the best journalists in a great American workroom. They are indominatble, and I wish them well in their continued fight to serve our community. I’m proud of the work we’ve done.”
In addition, he collaborated with photographer Francine Orr on a six-part series. Entitled Living on Penniless, it won the 2005 Ernie Pyle Award for Human Interest Writing.
While Davan Maharaj and other journalists had their contracts finished, the LA Times has enlisted a new team. This includes Jim Kirk, who will as Davan’s replacement as interim editor. Kirk had previously served as a publisher and editor for Chicago Sun-Times.
Ross Levinsohn will also join the team as the new publisher and chief executive.
The change of management comes as Tronc, a parent company of LA Times, looks to invest more into digital technology. They aim to gather more resources to expand the newspaper.
With Davan Maharaj now gone from the newspaper, many will become keen to see how its audience will react. And whether it will affect the future of LA Times.