Published on Monday, 28 March 2011 22:46
A lifelong Tribune employee is returning back home to Chicago. It was announced internally
today that Kerry Luft will be exiting his role as Chief of Tribune Company's Washington bureau and coming back to his home town to be a Senior Editor for the Chicago Tribune. Luft will be overseeing a range of new Tribune initiatives, including synchronization of the upcoming 2012 election campaign coverage.
Luft has been TribCo's Washington bureau boss since March 2009. Prior to that move, he has been with the Chicago Tribune in one capacity or another his entire professional career.
Kerry Luft began his career with the Chicago Tribune in June 1985, first as an intern while still a college student, studying journalism. After his intership ended, he was hired on as a reporter and worked his way up to editor. Among his many titles over the years, he has been a foreign editor, national editor, sports editor, and suburban editor. In April 2005, he was promoted to Assistant Managing Editor -- a position he held until taking the Washington offer from the company.
Except for the last two years in Washington, and two years in the mid-90's when he was a Tribune reporter based in South America, Luft has always been based in Chicago.
Luft graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 1987, where he also worked for the school newspaper, the Daily Northwestern. He returned to the school in 1995, this time as an Adjunct lecturer, where he would often speak on global journalism.
During his almost 26 years with the same company, Kerry Luft has won the Tribune's Beck Award for his foreign reports and the Tribune Johnrae Earl Award for excellence in editing.
Other changes within Tribune Company management today included Los Angeles Times' Assistant Managing Editor David Lauter moving to DC to replace Luft as Washington Bureau Chief and Ashley Dunn, the longtime Los Angeles Times reporter/editor being named as the California Editor for the paper.