Los Angeles Times Publisher/CEO Ross Levinsohn Accused of Sexual Harassment

  • Los Angeles Times Publisher/CEO Ross Levinsohn Accused of Sexual Harassment

Los Angeles Times Publisher/CEO Ross Levinsohn Accused of Sexual Harassment

"We remain committed to ensuring that the Los Angeles Times is a leading source for news and information and to producing the award-winning journalism our readers rely on".

We are appalled by the findings in the NPR story.

The report said that in 2001 Levinsohn worked as an executive with Alta Vista, a search engine company, and was the defendant in a gender discrimination and sexual harassment case.

During a second lawsuit in 2006, at a time when Levinsohn was a News Corp executive, Amber Tribble a video producer claimed her boss, who was a Levinsohn subordinate, had sexually harassed her.

Tronc, the owner of the paper, declined to comment as to whether it would place Levinsohn on leave or suspend him while the investigation was taking place.

"We respect the outcome of the election and look forward to productive conversations with union leadership as we move forward", said Marisa Kollias, a spokeswoman for Tronc, in a statement to the newspaper. Levinsohn and the paper's new editor in chief, Lewis D'Vorkin, have quickly come under fire from within the newsroom. In a January 3 email to employees that was reviewed by Bloomberg, L.A. Times Interim Executive Editor Jim Kirk and Editor in Chief Lewis D'Vorkin warned: "union leaders may tell you they can protect against layoffs but they didn't at the New York Times, Huffington Post, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal".

Tronc has not suspended Levinsohn. Levinsohn was married at the time. The bottom line: Several executives at the paper were shown the door when Tronc appointed Levinsohn publisher and CEO.

The announcement comes a day after an NPR report uncovered allegations of sexual misconduct against the Times' publisher and CEO, Ross Levinsohn, increasing tensions between staffers and the executives who have always been hostile to the union campaign.

Two lines tucked in the L.A. Times story pretty much sum up what's happening here: "Levinsohn becomes The Times' 17th publisher and the fifth in the last decade".

"The portrait that repeatedly emerges is one of a frat-boy executive, catapulting ever higher, even as he creates corporate climates that alienated some of the people who worked for and with him", wrote NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik.

One reporter who agreed to talk on the condition that they weren't identified, told BuzzFeed News the reaction in the newsroom to the NPR article was instant shock. "Once that review is complete, we will take swift and appropriate action to address any behavior that falls short of our expectations". Levinsohn's Twitter account, @rosslevinsohn, now serves up an error message ("Sorry, that page doesn't exist!").