Sorry, you need the latest version of the free flash player in order to watch the video clips.In November, 2006, James O'Shea became the third executive editor to take the helm of the Los Angeles Times in 16 months. By January 2008, the paper was moving on to its fourth.
In this interview, conducted April 11, 2008, O'Shea holds forth on how he saw his role at the Times, how the fashion section helps pay for hard news coverage, what investigative reporting ought to accomplish, and how much profit is - or ought to be - enough. (20 minutes)
For more on the saga of the Times and its trials - before O'Shea's tenure there - see Lowell Bergman and Stephen Talbot's "What's Happening to the News," Part 3 of Frontline's duPont-Columbia award-winning series, NEWS WAR.
Exposé viewers will remember O'Shea from our Emmy Award-winning episode "Blame Somebody Else," produced by Jon Shenk and Peter Nicks. O'Shea was the editor who greenlit reporter Cam Simpson's extraordinary Chicago Tribune investigation into the kidnapping and murder of 12 Nepalese men who had been duped into traveling to Iraq to aid the U.S. war effort.
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> Previously on The Exposé Sessions: David Boardman, executive editor of The Seattle Times.