Some might argue that Roger Smith is getting out of the print newspaper business in general and Tribune Co.-owned corner of it in particular just in time. Per an internal memo shared this morning by L.A. Times readers’ representative Deirdre Edgar, the national editor is retiring after 36 years of overall service.
Smith will be succeeded by Kim Murphy, a Pulitzer Prize-winning national and foreign correspondent now serving as our Seattle bureau chief.
The tributes to Roger will soon begin to flow. There isn’t enough space here even to begin summing up what he has meant to the Times. We’ll leave that for another day.
Murphy has been with the Times since 1983, when she joined the paper as a general assignment reporter for the Orange County edition. She has since filed from Cairo and served as bureau chief in Moscow and London. She won the Pulitzer in 2005 for International Reporting.
Congrats to Murphy, and best wishes to Smith for a safe, long and happy retirement. Read the full memo here.
[Photo of Murphy provided by L.A. Times]