Former L.A. Times editor, reporter to begin in January
Leo Wolinsky, an editor and reporter at the Los Angeles Times for 31 years, has been named editor of Daily Variety, encompassing both the L.A. and Gotham editions.
Wolinsky, whose masthead positions at the Times included managing editor and executive editor, will be responsible for all editorial content for the print edition. He will begin in January, reporting to Variety Group editor Tim Gray.
“After many years on the forefront of news gathering, I feel so fortunate to be joining a great organization like Variety,” said Wolinsky. “The entertainment industry is undergoing dynamic changes and it’s exciting to be there to help chronicle the next chapter in its rapid evolution. Whether it be movies, television, theater or music, tremendous economic, technological and sociological forces are impacting culture around the globe as never before. No one is positioned to tell that story better than Variety.”
Gray said, “As the industry undergoes massive changes, Variety continues to evolve. We have been working to beef up our senior editing staff, including creation of this new position, and we’re lucky to have found Leo.He’s a perfect fit for this new job and will be a welcome addition to the newsroom, bringing his special talents and perspective to both papers.”
During Wolinsky’s career at the Times, he supervised coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles riots and the 1994 Northridge earthquake, which earned the Times two Pulitzer Prizes. Before leaving the paper in 2008, he served as associate editor in charge of features and Calendar, which covers the entertainment industry.
Wolinsky, who grew up in East Los Angeles, received his B.A. degree from USC, is married and resides in the Hollywood Hills.