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Terry Tang becomes first female executive editor of the L.A. Times

Terry Tang is officially the first female executive editor of the Los Angeles Times.

Los Angeles Times announced Monday that Tang, who has been working as interim executive editor since late January, had been officially named to the role.

“Terry in short order has demonstrated the capability of building on our legacy of excellence in journalism with stories that matter,” Dr. Patrick and Michele Soon-Shiong, owners of the L.A. Times said in a statement. “She understands our mission to be a thriving pillar of democracy and the critical role that the L.A. Times’ voice plays — to our city, and to the world — in bringing attention to issues that matter most, especially for those whose voices are often unheard.”

According to The New York Times, Tang previously oversaw the opinion section at the L.A. Times. She will continue to do so as executive editor in addition to her other roles. Before the L.A. Times, the 65-year-old worked as director of publications and editorial at the American Civil Liberties Union and as an editor at The New York Times for 20 years.

The Los Angeles Times and its superb journalists make a difference every day in the life of California and this nation,” Tang said in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s an honor to have the opportunity to lead an institution that serves our community and to make our work indispensable to our readers.”

The Los Angeles Times has made massive cuts to its staff in recent weeks. Tang will have to navigate those cuts as well as an ever changing media landscape.

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