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What we know about the LA Times' new CEO, Timothy Ryan

Ryan replaces Austin Beutner as the Times' publisher and chief executive. He previously headed the Baltimore Sun Media Group.
Ryan replaces Austin Beutner as the Times' publisher and chief executive. He previously headed the Baltimore Sun Media Group.
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Austin Beutner is out and Timothy Ryan is in at the Los Angeles Times. Ryan is replacing Beutner, who was the paper's publisher and chief executive for about a year.

"I think he's going to have a lot to prove to people in Los Angeles, both on the business side and in the newsroom side," NPR media reporter David Folkenflik told KPCC's AirTalk, "that he will support the kind of journalism that [...] readers expect and rightly expect for Californians and for the Southland, and I think he'll have to convince people on the business side that he's got some sort of philosophy or vision for how the paper and how its digital properties can prosper, under pressure, not only from the things afflicting the industry, but from their bosses in Chicago as well."

Angelenos will have to wait and see how much of what Beutner was doing at the Times will continue under Ryan.

"It's not clear to me the extent to which Beutner's passions and his initiatives, and those that he supported in the newsroom that weren't necessarily of his own devising but that people spent a lot of energy on in recent months …[are] going to receive the same degree of financial support and energy," Folkenflik said. "I think that's really up for grabs." 

Here's what we know about the Times' new head honcho: 

This story has been updated.