In November, 2006, O'Shea was named executive vice president and editor of the Los Angeles Times, the largest daily metropolitan newspaper in the nation. O'Shea helped covert the Times into an interactive news organization and achieved numerous other accomplishments. The paper reversed its daily circulation decline and the fortunes of its Sunday magazine under O'Shea's tenure as editor. He left the Times in January, 2008.
Previously, he had served as managing editor of the Chicago Tribune since February 2001. From 1995 to early 2001, he was deputy managing editor for news and supervised the Tribune news divisions. He also served as the newspaper's associate managing editor for foreign and national news.
O'Shea joined the Chicago
Tribune in 1979 from the Des Moines
Register, where he had been a reporter, editor and
O'Shea helped the Chicago
Tribune develop RedEye,
originally a weekday, quick-read newspaper distributed free in the
An award-winning journalist, he is a two-time winner of both
the Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Service Award for Washington Correspondence,
in 1985 and 1989, and the Peter Lisagor Award, which is given by the
O'Shea began his journalism career in 1968 as a U.S. Army
correspondent, where he covered
He is the author of two books, "The Daisy Chain," a book about the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s, and "Dangerous Company," an examination of the role that management consultants play in corporate decision making, a book that he co-authored with Chicago Tribune staffer Charles Madigan.
O'Shea holds an undergraduate degree in English and
philosophy and a master's degree in journalism, both from the
He was born in