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Los Angeles Times
Angel Jennings

2300 E. Imperial Highway
El Segundo California United States 90245


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Editor of Investigations

Job ID: 70941
Job Views: 4357
Location: El Segundo, California, United States
Postal Code:
Job Category: Newspapers
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: 150000-180000 USD per year
Posted: 05.22.2024

Job Description

The Los Angeles Times is looking to hire an experienced, talented editor to lead a team of investigative reporters as well as work with accountability reporters and teams across the newsroom.

The investigations editor, along with a deputy editor, will directly oversee a group of reporters, working with them to identify and evaluate short- and long-term reporting opportunities. The editor will determine assignments, coach reporters, edit stories and guide projects through the vetting process.

This editor also will guide the team in collaborations with other newsroom departments, editors and reporters, and be a paperwide resource for colleagues pursuing investigative projects. The responsibilities include helping to manage relationships and joint projects with outside partners. The duties include handling personnel issues as they arise; providing evaluations of direct reports in accordance with HR guidelines; and completing administrative tasks such as timecard approval and absence requests in Workday. The editor will also be involved with recruiting and hiring decisions.


Tasks will include:

  • Assigning and editing stories

  • Managing a team of reporters

  • Working with writers and editors to evaluate possible investigations, assign them and guide them through reporting and editing

  • Helping writers and editors develop their talents and do their best work

  • Assisting with recruiting and hiring

  • Building on an L.A. Times tradition of strong, award-winning investigative reporting

Job Requirements

We are looking for candidates with 15 or more years of reporting and editing experience, superb line-editing skills, excellent news judgment (and judgment generally) and a gift for inspiring some of the newsroom’s most talented reporters. A track record of guiding powerful, high-quality investigative work as well as experience in a digital news environment are essential.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • Experience with investigative tools, including data analysis and document research

  • A track record of guiding investigations, especially examinations of government and institutional actors

  • Ability to generate ideas for projects that are of particular importance to California and West Coast audiences

  • A proven ability to edit with speed and accuracy

  • The ability to think strategically about what big projects are worth assigning and investing time in

  • A gift for developing productive, collegial team cultures

  • Experience collaborating across newsroom teams


This is a management role open to internal and external candidates. Times staff is currently working remotely, but when we return to the newsroom in July 2024 the position will be based in El Segundo, Calif. This editor may be asked to appear on TV and radio on behalf of the L.A. Times and represent the organization at conferences, seminars, professional meetings and employer-sponsored events. Occasional night and weekend work is possible. 


Please submit a resume, cover letter and applicable clips to Editor at Large Scott Kraft at the Apply link. In your cover letter, include your thoughts on how you would approach the role and your philosophy of investigative reporting. The opportunity to attach additional documents appears on the third screen and is labeled “Upload.”


The L.A. Times is an equal employment opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We actively work to create an inclusive environment where all of our employees can thrive.  Explore our company history, achievement, values, mission and more on our career site.

The pay scale the Company reasonably expects to pay for this position at the time of the posting is $150,000 - $180,000 and takes into account a wide range of factors including but not limited to skill set, experience, training, licenses, certifications, and other business or organizational needs.  Compensation will be determined based on the above factors along with the requirements of the position.  At The L.A. Times, it is not typical for an individual to be hired at or near the top of the range for the role. Please visit our career site to view the benefits available to our employees.

The Company is a mandatory vaccination employer for COVID-19 and its variants. The Company requires that its employees be fully vaccinated as of their start date. If you require a medical or religious accommodation, we will engage in the interactive process with you. Proof of vaccination will be required prior to start. If we make you an offer and you are not yet vaccinated, we will accommodate a delay in start date.


Thank you for your interest in joining our team at the Los Angeles Times!  We look forward to reviewing your application.

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