Jonathan Gold Leaving L.A. Weekly for L.A. Times
february 21, 2012 11:49 am
Pulitzer Prize-winning restaurant critic Jonathan Gold is leaving the L.A. Weekly
for the Los Angeles Times
Yesterday Village Voice
restaurant critic Robert Sietsema confirmed that Gold would be leaving
"despite fevered negotiations with Village Voice Media executive editor Michael Lacey."
L.A. Observed's Kevin Roderick reports
When the popular food writer informed the LA Weekly and Village Voice Media's Mike Lacey on Friday that he had accepted a job offer from the Los Angeles Times, the home office in Phoenix mobilized. Talks reportedly continued over the weekend, with Lacey apparently dangling money the chain had not previously shown itself willing to commit.
L.A. Weekly editor in chief Sarah Fenske writes:
"Hell, we tried to keep him. But time marches on."
Gold had a previous stint at the L.A. Times
from 1990 to 1996, returning to the L.A. Weekly
in 2001. He started at the Weekly
as a proofreader in 1982, and won the paper its first Pulitzer Prize in 2007
. He remains the only food critic, ever, to win a Pulitzer.