Austin Beutner has been named the new publisher and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles Times.
The 54-year-old was the first deputy mayor of Los Angeles and the city’s former jobs czar under Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. But he first made his name first in the world of high finance on Wall Street, as the youngest partner of the Blackstone Group and then co-founder of Evercore Partners. Beutner briefly ran for the Los Angeles mayorship in 2013 before dropping out of the race.
Beutner’s appointment came amid an industry-wide decline in print advertising revenue. The Los Angeles Times, like many news publications across the country, is trying to monetize its web presence to make up for the loss.
Beutner has called Los Angeles home since 2000. He succeeds former Times publisher Eddy W. Hartenstein, who recommended him for the job.
As a LA Times reader, what do you think of the appointment? What does the future hold for the LA Times with the appointment? What is the role of a publisher? How much editorial influence would Beutner yield at the newspaper?
Alice Walton, KPCC politics reporter
Gabriel Kahn, Director, Future of Journalism at the Annenberg Innovation Lab; former LA bureau chief at The Wall Street Journal