The following excerpt was sent out on behalf of the Los Angeles Times deputy managing editor Hector Becerra:
I am delighted to announce two key leadership positions in our Sacramento bureau: Laurel Rosenhall has been named Sacramento bureau chief, and Phil Willon has been named assistant editor. Together, they will oversee The Times’ coverage of the California Capitol and state politics.
Rosenhall joined The Times editorial board in 2021 as a writer focusing on California politics, policy and power. Before coming to The Times, she was a founding reporter at CalMatters, the nonprofit digital news venture that launched in 2015. Previously, she spent more than a dozen years covering politics and education at the Sacramento Bee.
Rosenhall has been included in the Washington Post’s list of outstanding state politics reporters. She received a National Headliner Award for online beat coverage and an enterprise reporting award from the California News Publishers Assn.
The Sacramento Press Club named Rosenhall its Journalist of the Year in 2021, noting several stories in particular.
A lifelong Californian, Rosenhall grew up in San Francisco and graduated from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in Sacramento with her husband, Jeff, and their two children. She starts in her new role Nov. 27.
The position of assistant editor is a job Willon is particularly suited for and one he greatly deserves. For the last six months, he has served as the interim Sacramento bureau chief/California politics editor, overseeing the newsroom’s coverage of Gov. Gavin Newsom, the state Legislature and California’s 2022 election.
He has covered Newsom for six years, first as a gubernatorial candidate and then as California’s chief executive.
Willon wrote for the Tampa Tribune before coming to The Times.
Willon was born in Philadelphia and raised in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of UC San Diego and lives in the Sacramento area with his wife, Rosalva. Their two daughters are away at college. He also starts in his new position Nov. 27.