Chicago newsman Jim Kirk is expected to be named Monday the new editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times.
Kirk, 52, previously served as publisher and editor of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Kirk joined Times corporate parent firm Tronc in August, and on Aug. 21 he was elevated to the interim editor post as part of an editorial department shakeup.
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He replaces Lewis D'Vorkin, who will become chief content officer for digital and mobile customers, Tronc spokeswoman Marissa Koalas said.
The change comes after weeks of upheaval at the newspaper, including a landslide vote by newsroom employees to unionize for the first time in the publication's 136-year history.
Times newsroom staffers have stated recent concerns that some editorial department chiefs brought in by Tronc are more interested in input from in-house business executives than that of newsroom leaders, drawing fears that it may blur the demarcation between news and advertising, the Times report said.
"Jim Kirk is a talented news veteran who is the ideal person to lead the Times newsroom,'' Tronc Chief Executive Officer Justin Dearborn said.
The change at the top comes 10 days after new Times publisher Ross Levinsohn was placed on unpaid leave following revelations he was a defendant in two sexual harassment suits while working at other companies before joining the Times.
The new appointment was expected to be announced Monday, The Times reported.