Michael Whitley promoted
to AME Design at L.A. Times

(Clockwise from top left) Whitley, in an earlier, frosted era, showed the LAT how to inject a little temporary tattoo 'tude. At the Boston SND conference, he displays his latest hat trick -- a stunning Stanley Cup special section. Later at Boston, he and Tyson Evans brought the tech to the closing ceremonies once again.

Michael Whitley has been named Assistant Managing Editor for Design of the Los Angeles Times. He'll oversee news, features, graphics and the magazine.

"I feel excited and slightly nervous," said Michael.

Here is today's memo announcing the news:
Dec. 18, 2007

From: John Arthur, managing editor
To: The Staff

I'm pleased to announce that Michael Whitley has been promoted to Assistant Managing Editor for Design, reporting to me.

Michael is known not only for his outstanding design skills and dignified attire -- dark suits, round the clock -- but for his easygoing manner, gracious collegiality, deep interest in photojournalism and in stories of all types. In his tenure at The Times, Michael has had a hand in some of the paper's most important projects and consistently receives praise from colleagues for his high standards and ability to work as part of a team.

Michael joined The Times in April, 2003, as deputy design director for news after serving as team leader for news and projects at the Charlotte Observer for three years. In January, 2006, Michael was named design director for news, overseeing design for the A, California, Business and Sports sections.

Effective today, features design, graphics and magazine design will also will report to Michael. He inherits an incredibly talented group. From the the wonderful work done by Christian Potter-Drury and the features design department, Les Dunseith and the graphics department and Heidi Volpe and the magazine design department, The Times is recognized throughout the industry for both our high-quality journalism and the creative and intelligent ways we present it.

Before joining The Times, Michael was the projects designer at the San Diego Union-Tribune and the deputy design director for news and sports at the Copley Suburban Chicago Newspapers. His first newspaper job was at the Princeton (Ind.) Daily Clarion, an 8,000-circulation paper where he served as reporter, photographer, designer, sometimes plate-maker and even wrote a weekly column.

Michael is from Versailles, Ky., home to thoroughbred horse racing and Woodford Reserve Bourbon, both of which he enjoys in moderation. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Evansville (Ind.) in journalism with specializations in photojournalism and investigative reporting.

Michael lives in Culver City with his wife, Jacqueline, and their dog, Reiley. For two years, the Design Department has reported to Deputy Managing Editor Melissa McCoy, who has ably juggled that assignment, leadership of the entire copy desk and a variety of other tasks. I want to thank Melissa for her contributions to the management of what is clearly one of the best design desks in American journalism. More interesting responsibilities will continue to come Melissa's way!


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Anonymous Mike Rice said...

Congrats Michael.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007 6:27:00 PM  
Blogger Gaspard said...

Well done Michael and the LAT! A smart appointment for a deserving and talented journalist.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007 8:59:00 PM  
Anonymous mangle said...

Wow. What an incredible promotion ... for Michael and the LAT! Congratulations!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007 9:17:00 PM  
Blogger Robb Montgomery said...

Kudos, Sir.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007 11:03:00 PM  
Anonymous martin gee said...

sweet! congrats michael. i aspire to have dignified attire someday.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007 11:03:00 PM  
Blogger Mark Friesen said...

Excellent news, Mistah Whitley!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 12:04:00 AM  
Blogger William Couch said...

Wow, congratulations Michael! Go get 'em.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 12:37:00 AM  
Blogger Matt Mansfield said...

You're a real rock star, Michael. Glad LA noticed, too ... Good luck, buddy. You don't need it. I wish it anyway!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 2:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Tribble said...

Well deserved Whitley. Well deserved.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 12:37:00 PM  
Blogger Scott Goldman said...

Outstanding news for Michael and the LAT. Congrats, Mr. Whitley!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 1:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Bonita Burton said...

Terrific news, congrats, Michael! Can't wait to see where you take the Times from here.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 10:17:00 PM  
Blogger Frank Mina said...

Fantastic. That's great news. Congratulations, Michael.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 10:32:00 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Congratulations. I'm excited to see where you and your smart, talented team take the Times.

Thursday, December 20, 2007 8:07:00 AM  
Blogger NinaMehta said...

Everyone wins! Congrats.

Saturday, December 22, 2007 8:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Nicole Bogdas said...

Congrats, Michael. I'll celebrate at Bennigan's for you.

Sunday, December 23, 2007 1:37:00 PM  
Blogger Damon said...

Congrats, Michael. You've really come a long way from suburban Chicago, laying down some very impressive tracks all along the way. Keep it up, pal.

Monday, December 24, 2007 9:35:00 PM  

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