Bakersfield “Californian” names new top editor
March 14, 2017
• Jim Lawitz returns to California
• Lengthy newspaper career included stops in LA
Jim Lawitz has been named vice president and executive editor of the Bakersfield Californian, one of the last independent daily newspapers in California.
Mr. Lawitz replaces interim executive editors Christine Bedell and Zach Ewing.
He will oversee all editorial operations, reporting directly to company CEO and President Michelle Chantry.
Mr. Lawitz comes to the Central Valley from a position as vice president, editorial, at privately held Civitas Media of Davidson, North Carolina. Civitas operates more than 90 newspapers – 33 of them dailies – along with websites and niche publications in 12 states, mainly in the Midwest and Upper South.
Earlier in his career he spent 15 years with Media News Group in Los Angeles and in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and eight years with E.W. Scripps’ newspapers in suburban Los Angeles.