Davan Maharaj Appointed Editor of LA Times

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Trinidad-born journalist Davan Maharaj has been appointed editor and executive vice president of the Los Angeles Times, reports the San Leandro, Calif.-based ethnic weekly, India-West.

Maharaj, 49, has been the newspaper’s managing editor for news since May 2008, overseeing the foreign, national, metro, sports and business departments.

A reporter with the Times since 1989, his six-part series on East Africa, “Living on Pennies,” won the 2005 Ernie Pyle Award for human-interest writing.

Maharaj’s investigative report about a probate attorney who inherited stock, land and other “gifts” from clients led to changes in California’s probate law.