The former Los Angeles Times editor who lost his job after rebelling against Tribune's ( TRB) job cuts will rejoin New York Times ( NYT). Dean Baquet will return to The New York Times as chief of its Washington bureau, the newspaper announced Tuesday. He left the Times seven years ago to work at its L.A. counterpart, becoming editor of the West Coast newspaper two years ago. Last fall, he was forced out after refusing to slash editorial jobs as ordered by Tribune, the Los Angeles Times' parent company. Tribune, which also owns the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Cubs baseball franchise along with a slew of other media properties, has suffered as newspaper circulation and ad revenue have declined precipitously in recent years. Currently, Tribune is exploring strategic options and entertaining offers to sell the company. Baquet, 50, joined the Times as a metro reporter in 1990. He became a national editor in 1995. Baquet replaces Philip Taubman as Washington bureau chief. Taubman was named associate editor and will take on a special reporting assignment in the area of national security, New York Times said. Unlike Tribune, which put itself on the auction block at the behest of a major stakeholder, New York Times has
resisted calls to take steps like selling the Boston Globe and abandoning its dual-class share structure to give shareholders more control of the company. New York Times will report its fourth-quarter results on Wednesday. Its shares recently were down 11 cents, or 0.5%, to $22.94.