Jim Hayes was a longtime reporter and editor who taught journalism at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and who served as a writing coach in several newsrooms, including at the Los Angeles Times. He died Tuesday at home in Los Osos, on the central coast of California, of cancer complications. He was 88.
Hayes had discovered Facebook late in life and stayed connected online with friends and former students and colleagues. They have been posting personal messages in recent months as it became clear Hayes would not recover from his illness. His daughter posted the news of his passing today.