Colin Crawford has been appointed assistant managing editor of photography at The Los Angeles Times and the title is a newly created "masthead" position for the newspaper. Crawford has been the acting director of photography at The Times since 2001 and an NPPA member since December, 1983.
The announcement was made this week by editor John Carroll and managing editor Dean Baquet. In his new role as assistant managing editor, Crawford will report to Baquet.
"This appointment is a testament to Colin's leadership over the past two years," Carroll and Baquet said in a joint statement. "As acting photo director, he has invigorated the department, now widely regarded as among the most ambitious in the country. Under his guidance, the photography staff produced a remarkable three Pulitzer Prize finalists -- and one winner -- last year. The photo staff has clearly earned representation on the paper's masthead." (In addition, Times staff photographer Rick Loomis was the 2003 NPPA Best Of Photojournalism Newspaper Photographer of the Year).
Crawford joined The Times in 1983 as a freelance photographer. He became a photo assignment editor at the Orange County Edition in 1986 and director of photography in Orange County in 1989. He was named associate director of photography for Los Angeles and director of photography for the regional editions in 1998. He became acting director of photography in Los Angeles in 2001. Crawford holds a BA in political science from UCLA.
Also in their announcement the newspaper's top editors said, "This appointment is an acknowledgement of the powerful role photography has come to play at The Times. From Iraq to the Middle East, the paper's photographers have done striking and courageous work on big projects and daily coverage. They have been crucial to the rebuilding of the California section, and to all the features sections."