According to a post on her Facebook page, film critic Betsy Sharkey is leaving the Los Angeles Times effective May 22. She wrote:
Like Bowie said: I don’t know what I was waiting for…
Gulp, this morning I officially told my bosses I was leaving the best job in the world for another amazing writing gig. So on May 22, I will end my run as the Los Angeles Times Film Critic to begin a book project that I couldn’t be more excited about. It involves humans, animals and humanitarian efforts to heal both. It is awesome! And because Texas has my heart, I’m headed to Austin to live. Seems the perfect place to write about humans and animals and humanitarian efforts to heal both.
Sharkey, a native Texan who began her career at the Dallas Morning News, has held the position since December of 2008. She replaced Carina Chocano, who was moved over from TV critic to fill the hole left by Manohla Dargis’ departure for the New York Times.
Sharkey’s departure would leave the Times with only one film critic on staff, which was also the case for two months after Chocano was laid off in 2008. Given the Times’ association with the movie industry and the (brief) uproar the last time the paper was in this situation, the journalism world will be watching closely to see what the paper’s next move is. No official word yet, but we’ll keep you posted.