Left-Coast Makeover

How John Carroll brought competitive zing and a prizewinning formula to the L.A. Times

John Carroll, editor of the Los Angeles Times, is sitting at the black marble table in his office, writing a headline for the next Sunday's paper. Never mind that this is normally the job of a copy editor. Carroll likes the story--about a woman seeking the truth of her father's death in 1948 and why the government covered it up--and he wants readers to be drawn in. But more important, Carroll believes that no detail is too small in making a great newspaper. And after four years of his leadership, the world is taking notice. Carroll and his colleagues will pick...

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