Davan Maharaj was named managing editor of the Los Angeles Times in May 2008, with oversight of the Foreign, National, Metro, Sports and Business departments. He is responsible for shaping coverage, deploying people and overseeing personnel decisions with Editor Russ Stanton.
Ernie Pyle Award for Human Interest Writing and inspired readers to donate tens of thousands of dollars to aid agencies working in Africa. Closer to home, Maharaj's investigative report about a Leisure World attorney who inherited millions of dollars in stock, land and other "gifts" from his clients led to changes in California probate law.
Maharaj has been an assistant foreign editor and, in Business, served as a deputy editor before assuming leadership of the department last year. During Maharaj's tenure, the Business section revamped its coverage to give greater emphasis to consumer issues. It also redesigned its Sunday section to focus on personal finances.
A native of Trinidad, Maharaj holds a political science degree from the University of Tennessee and a master's degree in law from Yale University.