James O'Shea

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Biography

James O’Shea is a veteran journalist, author and editor with broad and deep experience in journalism. He was editor and executive vice president of the Los Angeles Times and managing editor of the Chicago Tribune, where he spent many years overseeing the Tribune’s foreign news staff. He is the author of three books including "The Deal From Hell," a narrative about the fatal merger of Times Mirror and the Tribune companies. In detailing how the combined company fell into the hands of Sam Zell, a Chicago real estate mogul, and then into bankruptcy, the book covered the forces that derailed the newspaper industry. O’Shea also co-founded the Chicago News Cooperative, a digital news start-up that produced Chicago news pages twice a week for The New York Times. He was the Howard R. March Visiting Professor of Journalism at the University of Michigan for the 2013/2014 academic year. He lives in Chicago and works as an independent author, journalist and media consultant.