Charles Hillinger, reporter was 82

In the early 1990s, my beat at the Times was to rove California's small towns and far-flung regions and cover stories that needed telling. Just about every time I would get to a hidden little town, I'd find that Charles Hillinger had been there for the Times first — and his stories would often be hanging on the wall in the local cafe. Hillinger died Monday night after a two-year battle with cancer. According to an email circulating among ex-Times staffers, "Hillinger retired in 1992 after 46 years with the Times [and] estimated that he wrote more than 10,000 stories during his years with the newspaper. At the time of his retirement, Hillinger was the longest-tenured editorial employee." Larry Harnisch of the Times' Daily Mirror history blog says he'll be posting Hillinger items all day. (Chuck was 82, the LAT obit says.)

More by Kevin Roderick:
Standing up to Harvey Weinstein
The Media
LA Times gets a top editor with nothing but questions
LA Observed Notes: Harvey Weinstein stripped bare
LA Observed Notes: Photos of the homeless, photos that found homes
Recent Obituaries stories on LA Observed:
LA Observed Notes: Photos of the homeless, photos that found homes
LA Observed Notes: Trump's new war, media notes and more
Dick Gregory
Gary Friedman, 62, longtime LA Times photojournalist
Kelly Wong, 29, Los Angeles firefighter
John Severson, 83, founder of Surfer magazine
Cecilia Alvear, 77, trail blazing NBC News producer
Rosie Hamlin, 71, writer and singer of 'Angel Baby'


LA Observed on Twitter