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St. Louis biz editor accepts assistant biz editor job in LA

October 1, 2012

Posted by Chris Roush

Brian Thevenot, the business editor at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for the past two years, has resigned to accept a job as an assistant business editor at the Los Angeles Times.

Thevenot says he will start at the Times on Nov. 5. His departure date from the Post-Dispatch has not yet been determined.

Thevenot, who joined the St. Loius paper in November 2010, had been the managing editor of the Texas Tribune. Before that, he spent a dozen years at The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, most recently as special projects editor. As part of a team that covered the worst of Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath, Thevenot contributed multiple bylines to two winning entries for Pulitzer Prizes in breaking news and public service.

His Katrina reporting also won the Mongerson Prize for Investigative Reporting on the News from Northwestern University, and the Medal of Valor from the National Association of Minority Media Executives. In 2009, an eight-part series Thevenot edited, chronicling the investigation into an all-too-routine murder of a New Orleans teenager, was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in local reporting.

In 2005, just before Katrina, Thevenot spent a month reporting on Louisiana soldiers in Baghdad and produced a three-part deadline narrative about squad of soldiers hit by a deadly roadside bomb, which was a finalist for Livingston Award. In 2003, he won a National Headliner Award for education reporting for his 2002 five-part narrative tracking an eighth-grader’s struggle to pass Louisiana’s high-stakes standardized test.

Meanwhile, the Post-Dispatch has posted the job opening for a new business editor position here.

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