Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Julie Marquis has left the Los Angeles Times

To the staff:

It’s with regret that we share the news that Julie Marquis, a stalwart of investigative journalism at The Times for many years, is leaving.

As metro projects editor, Julie has been a driving force behind some of the paper’s finest investigative work. She helped lead a team of reporters to a Pulitzer Gold Medal for Public Service in 2005 for exposing deadly lapses in patient care at King-Drew Medical Center.

Among other memorable projects she guided: an expose of huge gaps in California’s oversight of nurses (a Pulitzer finalist in 2010); “Grading the Teachers,” a groundbreaking series that used new statistical tools to assess the performance of Los Angeles public school teachers; and last year’s string of powerful stories showing how the Boy Scouts of America covered up child abuse by troop leaders.

No list of stories can do full justice to Julie’s influence at the paper. Her passion for watchdog journalism is infectious, and she is a tireless advocate for her reporters and their stories.

Before becoming an editor, Julie was a reporter covering health care. She took a special interest in the ignored fringes of the health care system. For a glimpse of the heights she could scale as a reporter and writer, check out her Column One of Dec. 23, 2000, on the silent spread of syphilis.

We tried to persuade Julie to stay, and we are sad to see her go.

Our commitment to the kind of work she does is undiminished, and we are looking for someone to carry on in her footsteps. Anyone who is interested should reach out to one or both of us.

Please join us in wishing Julie the greatest success in the next chapter of her career.

Davan and Marc

SOURCE: Kevin Roderick

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