Just three weeks after Alan Mittelstaedt quit his job as associate editor of the Los Angeles Daily Journal over differences with the new boss, the paper has named his replacement.
Christian Berthelsen, recently laid off from the Los Angeles Times' Orange County bureau, will take the editing reins at the legal journal. Berthelsen distinguished himself as an investigative reporter at the Times and even did a stint in the paper's Baghdad bureau, but this will be his first gig as an editor. Berthelsen worked at the San Francisco Chronicle before coming to the Times.
*UPDATE: A 1996 story from AJR says Berthelsen worked at City News Services, which apparently is where he met DJ Managing Editor David Houston. It also mentions Berthelsen's father, John Berthelsen, who covered Vietnam for Newsweek and did reporting for the Sacramento Bee.
**UPDATE II: A bit more background on Berthelsen... He actually did two stints in the LAT's Baghdad bureau... Before heading to the Chronicle he did a fair bit of reporting for local publications, working for CNS, the Santa Monica Outlook and the Glendale News-Press. He also freelanced for the New York Times and, in 2002, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.