Longtime staffer has steered showbiz coverage since 2008

Sallie Hofmeister is exiting her post as the Los Angeles Times’ top editor for arts and entertainment coverage.

Times editor Davan Maharaj announced the move Friday afternoon, noting in a memo to the staffers that Hofmeister “wants a summer off before embarking on a new career challenge.” The memo said the appointment of a successor would be “forthcoming.” Hofmeister’s last day will be June 22.

Hofmeister joined the Times in 1995 from the New York Times. She moved into the editing ranks in 2006. She was named business editor in 2008 and shortly thereafter was promoted to assistant managing editor overseeing arts and entertainment coverage. On her watch, the Times integrated the print and digital teams of the Calendar section, and she relaunched the paper’s Company Town coverage of inside-showbiz subjects, among other accomplishments.

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