Tronc Names New Editors at The Daily News and The Los Angeles Times

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Jim Kirk at The Chicago Sun-Times in 2017. Justin C. Dearborn, the chief executive of Tronc, called Mr. Kirk a “talented news veteran” in the announcement of his hiring as editor in chief at The Los Angeles Times. Credit Lyndon French for The New York Times

The embattled newspaper company Tronc made a flurry of moves on Monday, announcing that it had picked new top editors for two of its publications, The Los Angeles Times and The New York Daily News.

The company said it had named Jim Kirk, a veteran journalist and former editor and publisher of The Chicago Sun-Times, as the editor in chief of The Times and Jim Rich, who previously served as the editor in chief of The Daily News, would return to that role on Wednesday.

The announcement of Mr. Kirk’s hiring confirmed a New York Times report from Sunday that Mr. Kirk, 52, was expected to replace Lewis D’Vorkin, who had held the position for less than three months. Tronc said Mr. D’Vorkin, formerly the chief product officer at Forbes, would become the company’s chief content officer, a strategic role that involves establishing new products to distribute its journalism.

As the top editor at The Times, Mr. D’Vorkin, 65, was not a popular figure in the newsroom during his brief tenure, with employees questioning his leadership as well as his plans for the paper.

Mr. Rich, who was the editor in chief of The Daily News for a 13-month period that ended in 2016, returns to the paper after stepping down as the executive editor of HuffPost in December. At the time, Mr. Rich said he was starting a nonprofit news site.

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“We are continuing to invest in high quality journalism, which will always be the company’s top priority,” Justin C. Dearborn, the chief executive of Tronc, said in a statement. He called Mr. Kirk a “talented news veteran” and Mr. Rich “a well-established media professional.”

Mr. Rich revitalized The Daily News with attention-grabbing front pages that often went on the attack against Republican figures, including Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin and Donald J. Trump. After Mr. Trump won the New Hampshire primary during the 2016 presidential campaign, the Daily News front page included an image of the candidate in clown makeup with the headline “Dawn of the Brain Dead — Trump comes back to life with N.H. win.”

Mr. Rich, 46, oversaw a 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning project at The Daily News. His departure from the tabloid shocked staff members but he will now take over for Arthur Browne, who retired at the end of December.

Tronc, which publishes daily newspapers including The Chicago Tribune and The Baltimore Sun, is coming off a bruising past several days marked by rising turmoil in the Times newsroom. Less than two weeks ago, the publisher of The Times, Ross Levinsohn, was put on leave following a report that included allegations of sexual harassment against him while he was at other companies. On the same day, the paper’s newsroom said it had voted to unionize.

The confluence of developments ignited long-smoldering discontent among newsroom employees, many of whom said the company was not being forthcoming with information about the paper and its strategy for the future.

Tronc is also dealing with sexual harassment allegations against two top editors at The Daily News, which the company acquired in September.

Mr. Kirk, who joined Tronc in August, had previously served as the interim executive editor of The Times and the interim editor in chief of The Daily News. His appointment was largely met with a sense of relief within The Times newsroom but also a recognition that his appointment will not undo years of frustration among employees or rid the paper of its underlying financial challenges.

The appointments appeared intended to tamp down the escalating dissatisfaction at The Times and The Daily News that threatened to seep across the company.

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