John Carroll is the editor and executive vice president of the Los Angeles Times. Throughout his four decades of newspaper work, Carroll has been a respected leader, admired throughout the industry for his considerable journalistic talents, as well as for his integrity and deep commitment to press freedom and fairness. Carroll was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, served on the Pulitzer Prize board from 1994 to 2003, and was chairman of the Pulitzer Prize board in 2002.
The Tribune Company recruited Carroll in April 2000 to take over a distinguished but demoralized newsroom in Los Angeles. At the Times, hard hit by public criticism of an advertising arrangement, Carroll moved steadily to restore the newsroom's self-confidence. Carroll placed a high priority on investigative journalism and scrupulous editing. He also revamped the newsroom management and the paper's design to include more prominent exposure for international coverage.
He has served as the newspaper's chief advocate--defending its Middle East coverage, for example, when readers organized a boycott--as well as its chief critic, reproving his publication for liberal bias in its coverage of an abortion story this spring. In 2004, five journalists at the Los Angeles Times won Pulitzer Prizes, prominently affirming the Times' place as a top U.S. newspaper.
Carroll began his reporting career at Rhode Island's Providence Journal-Bulletin before moving to The Baltimore Sun, where his beats included Vietnam, the Middle East, and the White House. In 1972, he joined The Philadelphia Inquirer as an editor. During the next 30 years, his name became synonymous with vibrant, investigative journalism and leadership that enlivened Kentucky's Lexington Herald-Leader, The Baltimore Sun, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as the communities they serve.
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