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Prize season: Journos of the year, LAT and more

cheryl-fair-spj-award.jpg It's all about the acronyms: SPJ-LA, ASNE, ACES and ASJA. Congratulations to all the winners.
alejandra-campoverdi-ucla.jpg Alejandra Campoverdi is the former Obama aide named managing editor of #EmergingUS, the Times' multimedia venture on race and multiculturalism.

George Fischbeck, TV's Dr. George, dies at 92

dr-george-fischbeck.jpg Fischbeck was Channel 7's weatherman for nearly 20 years in the 1970s and 80s.
david-lazarus-twitter.jpg Consumer columnist David Lazarus has been getting more openly anti-Republican on his Twitter feed. So get ready for cat videos.

Q&A(s) with new managing editor for strategy at the LA Times*

mitra-kalita-twitter.jpg S. Mitra Kalita says few jobs in journalism would make her "uproot my family, leave a neighbourhood and friends I love, and exit an innovative startup like Quartz."

LA Times goes for digital innovator in new sports editor

angel-rodriguez-twitter.jpg Angel Rodriguez is deputy editor for mobile innovation at the Washington Post. He had been in sports roles previously.
alejandra-campoverdi-ucla.jpg Alejandra Campoverdi will be managing editor of #EmergingUS. She worked in the White House from 2009-2012 and has a media background.
julie-chang-and-baby.jpg Tobar writing for NYT opinion. Oreskes to run NPR news. KPCC adds veterans and military issues reporter. Plus more.
mitra-kalita-twitter.jpg S. Mitra Kalita will be managing editor for editorial strategy. This year's addition from the NYT also gets a new title.

Tom Hoffarth remembers Joe McDonnell

joe-mcdonnell-hamilton.jpg On Hoffarth's annual opinionated lists of the top LA sports radio talkers, McDonnell was an easy number one.

Robert Durst arrested in Susan Berman's murder

robert-durst-jarecki.jog.jpg HBO could not have gotten a luckier PR break with the final episode of "The Jinx" airing tonight.

Joe McDonnell, 58, longtime LA sports media figure

mcdonnell-laradio.jpg McDonnell died today at Good Samaritan after a brief illness. He "worked at almost every sports outlet on the local radio dial," LA Radio's Don Barrett said.
high-hewitt-studio-slav-zatoka.jpg Hewitt is breaking stories, getting the GOP candidates on his radio show and filling the role of most respected pundit by the Republican establishment, a new profile says.

The impossible quest of the fledgling novelist

martin-smith-group-medium.jpg Martin J. Smith writes about a book tour through the West in twin mini-vans. Plus David Ulin on The Offing, a new literary magazine in Los Angeles.

Judd McIlvain, crusader for the consumer, was 73

judd-McIlvain-v.jpg McIlvain was the Troubleshooter on Channel 2 news in Los Angeles for many years. He died Monday.

There's a new Furillo on the sports beat

andy-furillo-twitter.jpg The son of the late Bud Furillo is transitioning to sports up in Sacramento.

Original Wonkette blogger wants you to know she's a Christian

ana-marie-cox-typepad.jpg Ana Marie Cox is still writing about politics and in her latest piece talks about her faith and being a liberal Christian.

LA Times taps NYT for new op-ed editor

JulietLapidos-nyt.jpg Juliet Lapidos is an opinion editor and writer for the New York Times and formerly edited or wrote for Slate, the Atlantic, the Awl and other outlets.

Michael Graham, 72, Daily News reporter turned screenwriter

michael-graham.jpg Graham reported the Billionaire Boys Club stories in the 1980s and wrote for "NYPD Blue" and other TV shows.

KTTV boss Kevin Hale to retire

fox-11-bundy.jpg Hale has been at Channel 11 since 2004 and with Fox TV Stations for 18 years. No replacement has yet been named.

Writing about cancer and dying: Laurie Becklund and Oliver Sacks

henry+laurie-iris.jpg Becklund's service on Sunday at Hollywood Forever included a recommendation — seconded here — to read her piece about dying on the LA Times op-ed page. Sacks' too, in the NYT.

Fred Prouser, 63, Reuters photojournalist in LA

fred-prouser-facebook.jpg Prouser started with Reuters here on the first day of the Rodney King riots and shot close to 3,000 Hollywood red carpets before he was done.

Buzzfeed News hires another local (and Latino) reporter

buzzfeed-la.jpg The latest SoCal reporter to join the Buzzfeed News team in Los Angeles is Salvador Hernández, formerly of the OC Register. He's not the only one leaving the Register.

Mariel Garza of Sacramento Bee joins LA Times editorial board

mariel-garza-bee.png She has been deputy editor in Sacramento. Here she will be an editorial writer. Read the memo here.

Sunday was publisher day in the pages of the LA Times

beutner-illo-lat.jpg Current publisher Austin Beutner announced a new book club — his first selection is by one of his employees — and the previous publisher traveled to Antarctica with his sons for a blowout in the Travel section.

Mariel Garza on the Rick Orlov memorial

mariel-garza-bee.png "I don’t think the chamber had seen such a large crowd since the city considered banning lap dances." Heh.

Gary Owens, longtime LA voice and media figure, dies at 80

gary-owens-ear.jpg Best known for "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In," Owens was an LA radio fixture first. "One of the most famous broadcasters in Los Angeles radio history," says LA Radio's Don Barrett.

Stan Chambers, the dean of LA television reporters, dies at 91

stan-chambers-young.jpg KTLA just announced that Stan Chambers died this morning at his home in Holmby Hills. He did 22,000 stories in 63 years at Channel 5. Obits and tributes inside.

David Carr dies after collapsing in the New York Times newsroom *

david-carr-2008-nyt.jpg "He was the finest media reporter of his generation," executive editor Dean Baquet said in his email to the staff. Carr was 58.

Media notes for Wednesday: CBS' Bob Simon killed

bob-simon-cbs.jpg New president for KABC-TV. Johnson Publications selling off photos. Los Angeles Magazine gets more vintage. Plus more.

Kyle Kraska, former CBS 2 sports anchor, shot in San Diego

kyle-kraska.jpg Kraska is now the sports director at CBS 8 in San Diego. He was wounded outside his home.

Russ Parsons moves from LAT food editor to columnist

russ-parsons-juggles.jpg Move has been in the works for awhile, he says. Amy Scattergood slides up to food editor.

Rick Orlov remembered at City Hall ceremony

orlov-rolodex.jpg The embodiment of a mensch, said Mayor Eric Garcetti. The Daily News photo gallery includes Orlov's longtime Rolodex.

Laurie Becklund, journalist, dies at 66

laurie-becklund-stanford.jpg The award-winning former staff writer at the Los Angeles Times died Sunday night at home in the Hollywood Hills. Her husband, UC Irvine law professor Henry Weinstein, says that services are pending.

Brian Williams announces hiatus from NBC news show

brian-williams-recants.jpg Maureen Dowd writes that for NBC, Williams puffing up his exploits "was a bomb that had been ticking for a while."

Can Brian Williams survive his fake war story? Should he?

brian-williams-recants.jpg Turns out that the NBC Nightly News anchor has been using his bogus claim of being shot down in Iraq over the years.

Rick Orlov obits and a Gary Leonard photo

rick-orlov-gary.jpg Colleagues and friends react to the passing of the Daily News' longtime presence at City Hall.

Rick Orlov, dean of LA City Hall reporters, dies at 66

rick-orlov-dn-640.jpg The Daily News announced this afternoon that Orlov died of diabetes complications. Mayor Garcetti: "City Hall is in mourning."

Matt Miller vacating the center on KCRW

matt-miller.jpg No replacement host or centrist for the long-running show has been named.

Andrew Sullivan to give up blogging (and get a life)

sully-cartoon-in-dc.png One of the last of the original politics bloggers wants out before he burns out. He also hopes to write a book.

Joe Morgenstern mourns the news about Vidiots

vidiots-v-annex.jpg Feels like an impending death in the family of film lovers, says the Wall Street Journal and KCRW film critic.

Q&A with AP's Linda Deutsch at the Board of Supes

kinda-deutsch-kuehl.jpg The retirement tour of trial reporter Linda Deutsch continued today at the Los Angeles County Hall of Administration.

TV reporter praises Rashida Jones for her tan (video)

rashida-jones-sag-grab.jpg Maybe not everyone watching would know that Jones is biracial, but TNT's reporter and producers should have.

Jonathan Gold: Pretense of anonymity ends today

goldpulitzer.jpg With a documentary on him debuting at Sundance, the restaurant reviewer says he will no longer pretend that no one knows it's him.

Big praise in NYT for Jill Leovy's 'Ghettoside'

ghettoside-cover-nyt.jpg The depth of reporting by LAT reporter makes 'Serial' resemble a book of poetry, says the reviewer.

Social media editor leaves LA Times for RYOT News

stacey-leasca-grab.jpg Stacey Leasca has been the LAT social media editor since last March. Today's her last day.

Huntington curator on 'The Bard of LA'

AlMartinez-desk-2012.jpg A memorial for Al Martinez will be held Feb. 8 at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica.

Hector Tobar, Miriam Pawel on National Book Critics Circle list

untold-stories-tobar-cover.jpg Books by the two former LA Times journalists are finalists for the prestigious American literary awards for 2014.

LA Weekly's new editor comes from Chicago Reader

Mara-Shalhoup-headshot-law.jpg Mara Shalhoup takes over Feb. 16. "LA has countless stories to tell…we're gonna have fun."

Doug Dowie tries to rebuild career after prison

doug-dowie-at-66-labj.jpg The former Daily News managing editor and head of Fleishman-Hillard in LA, now 66, has one client and some friends.

KPCC's Alice Walton moving to LA Times

Alice-Walton-zocalo.jpg The KPCC politics reporter will split time between City Hall and working on "innovative ideas on how the paper can get its news out to readers."

On becoming Zoey Tur

Zoey-lamag.jpg Los Angeles Magazine goes longform on the life transition of the LA news helicopter pilot formerly known as Bob Tur.

New California website: the Grizzly Bear Project

grizzly-bear-project-grab.jpg Sacramento journalist Anthony York calls the site a passion project to chronicle the changing state.

Al Martinez, our columnist, died today

al-martinez-close.jpg The Bard of LA, as he was called, had a long career at the Los Angeles Times and had also written columns for the Topanga Messenger, the Daily News and AARP — plus books and TV episodes.

New associate editor of LA Times is ex-NYT

LarryIngrassia copy.jpg Larry Ingrassia left the New York Times last year after a stint as deputy managing editor for new initiatives. He was the NYT business editor for eight years.

Two more big exits from the LA Times: Jim Rainey and Jimmy Orr*

latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Variety sped up an announcement of Rainey's hiring tonight after I called him seeking comment. Orr is leaving for Colorado and a startup.
stuart-scott-patrick-espn.jpg Scott was a popular ESPN anchor. Colleagues are remembering him in emotional on-air tributes.

LA Times hires the sports intern, Register hires ex-LAT pair

Thumbnail image for latimes-building-aerial-tig.jpg Couple of media move memos from last week involving the local newspapers.

Linda Deutsch to retire from AP

linda-deutsch-fb.jpg The trial reporter for Associated Press who got her start in the courthouse as a fill-in at the trial of the Charles Manson family in 1969 will retire on Monday. She plans to write a memoir, AP says.

Kurt Streeter leaving LA Times for ESPN

kurt-streeter-twitter.jpg There are recurring rumbles of more prominent departures from the Los Angeles Times as the year comes to a close. Streeter has written often about sports for the Times.

Media notes: LA Times hires from TV Guide for New York

thr-design-grab.jpg Stephen Battaglio, business editor of TV Guide, joins Company Town. KCAL cuts news shows. THR redesigns. Plus more.

Pilar Marrero leaving La Opinión for Solis' staff

pilar-marrero-pic.jpg The longtime politics writer and columnist for Spanish-language La Opinión is leaving the paper to become the communications deputy for new county Supervisor Hilda Solis.

Editors and staff of The New Republic resign en masse

thr-masthead-annotated.jpg Most of the remaining editors and contributing writers of The New Republic resigned today, following yesterday's departure of editor Franklin Foer and literary editor Leon Wieseltier.

Larry Elder out at KABC talk radio - again

elderlarry10-laradio.jpg Elder got the call after Tuesday's show. He was dropped from the station in 2008 as well.

Supervisor Solis' staff has an LA Times angle

peter-hong-fb.jpg Solis' new chief deputy is a former reporter at the Los Angeles Times — and Solis' executive assistant was assistant to the LA Times editor. Plus more Solis and Sheila Kuehl staff news.

LA Times loses DC enviro and energy reporter to website

neela-bannerjee-twitter.jpg Neela Bannerjee is going to InsideClimate News, the nonprofit website that won a Pulitzer for national reporting in 2013.

Buyouts taken by some New York Times veterans

NewYorkTimes-wikimedia.jpg TV reporter Bill Carter and newspaper and magazines reporter Christine Haughey are on the list of those leaving, along with a few who worked in Los Angeles.

LA Times looking for op-ed editor to replace Sue Horton

Thumbnail image for latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Editorial page editor Nick Goldberg calls the position of op-ed editor "one of the best at the paper." Read his memo inside.

Politics and media notes for Monday 12.1.14

roybal-sign-city-hall.jpg Mayor Garcetti supports LAPD on protester arrests. Hillary Clinton got $300,000 to speak at UCLA. A political consultant advertises. An LA TV veteran retires. Plus Jian Ghomeshi, Cargoland, bacon-wrapped hot dogs and more.

Jim Newton signs off with some suggestions for Los Angeles

jim-newton-lat.jpg The LA Times veteran devotes his final column to a menu of proposed fixes, such as expanding the City Council, abolishing the school board and doing away with term limits.
daniel-hernandez-vice-grab.jpg Daniel Hernandez, the former LA Times and LA Weekly reporter, is now in the midst of the Mexico story for Vice News. This has been a big day for street protests and growing condemnation of the government.

Lisa Saxon is 'the woman who helped change sportswriting forever'

lisa-saxon-angels-uniform.jpg Vice recalls the abuse that Saxon took covering the Angels and Dodgers for the Daily News when there were few women on the beat. Reggie Jackson gave her such trouble that other Angels stood up for her.

Why 'drank the Kool-Aid' is offensive, especially here

jonestown-massacre.jpg A former reporter argues that everyone should stop using the phrase and remember the tragedy that spawned it. A congressman and three California journalists were among the 918 dead in Guyana 37 years ago today.

Charles Champlin: LA arts and film journalist was 88

charles-champlin-thr.jpg Charles Champlin wore a lot of hats on the Los Angeles arts and entertainment journalism scene: LA Times arts editor, film critic, book critic, columnist, author, host of TV programs and more.

Meghan Daum on nearly dying and then telling the story

nyt-grafic-with-daum.jpg Daum writes that her recovery from a near-death illness has brought a responsibility she didn't expect. Plus: Joe Mathews sees a generation gap in California.

Mark Heisler gets another column -- this time in the LANG papers

mark-heisler-dn.jpg After getting dropped after one column by the LA Times, Heisler will now cover the NBA for the competition. His column in the Times, by the way, paid all of $200.

Distinguished journos of the year unveiled by SPJ-LA

spj-logo.jpg The Society of Professional Journalists Los Angeles chapter names its honorees for the year. Banquet in the spring.

LA Times also adds a familiar editor

Thumbnail image for latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Bob Sipchen returns to the LA Times as senior editor in the California section. He has been communications director for the Sierra Club and editor of the advocacy group's magazine.

LAT's Maeve Reston moves to CNN political team

maeve-reston-nbc.jpg Reston will stay in LA and cover politics and the 2016 presidential campaign for CNN's digital side and the TV network.

No, Kim Kardashian's butt did not break the Internet

kardashian-ass-paper-cover.jpg Any web content creator or headline writer who posted that Kardashian's nude pics broke the Internet is a shameless tool. Nice exposure, though, for Amanda Fortini.

¡Ask a Mexican! turns 10

ask-a-mexican-logo.jpg Gustavo Arellano's column in the OC Weekly began humbly -- and now it's a freakin' empire and he's the editor of the whole paper. He celebrates in this week's column.

Robert Hilburn to write biography of Paul Simon

hilburn-richards.jpg Hilburn profiled Simon for the LA Times during a 1987 stop in Zimbabwe on Simon's tour for "Graceland." Simon & Schuster acquired the book at auction.

Mark Heisler's return to LA Times' NBA beat lasts one column

heisler-forbes.jpg Heisler, laid off sort of famously in 2011, wrote one NBA piece last week then was dropped. He says he wasn't told why.

Kushner kept tips subscribers gave to his carriers, suit alleges

Thumbnail image for aaron-kushner-usc.jpg The LA Times says it covered the tips that Register readers included for delivery men, but Aaron Kushner wouldn't reimburse. And other mooching by the flailing Register owner.

Kushner out as Register publisher, remains CEO

Thumbnail image for laregister-prototype.jpg A Las Vegas casino marketing executive with no newspaper experience will now try to clean up the mess at the Orange County Register.

Doug Dowie hangs out a new shingle

Doug Dowie, the former Fleishman-Hillard executive and Daily News managing editor who went to federal prison, is back in business in the LA area with a new communications venture.

Kent Shocknek retires right into a new role (video)

shocknek-six-oclock.jpg LA's longtime news anchor signed off KCAL last Friday (watch the video inside) and has the starring role in a new short film (watch it too.)
michael-scott-moore-captive.jpg Moore, the author of two books set in surfing culture, was taken captive while working on a book about Somali pirates. He had moved to Berlin from the South Bay before going to Africa.

KPCC adds a pair of editors, reorganizes news desks a bit

Thumbnail image for scpr-sign-kpcc.jpg Chris Knap, the longtime Orange County Register investigations editor, moves to the radio-web newsroom in Pasadena. There's also a new education editor and a new regional desk. Memos inside.

Jill Painter pens farewell column for Daily News

jill-painter-twitter.jpg The ranks of veteran newspaper writers just keep shrinking. This is the second we've posted about today.

Hector Tobar leaving LA Times for Univ. of Oregon*

hector-tobar-fb.jpg Tobar, a former foreign correspondent, has most recently been a staff writer in books. His book on the buried Chilean miners comes out next month.

Cal State LA hires another ex-LA Timesman

peter-hong-release.jpg The Eastside campus has been hiring to raise its public affairs profile under a new president. Peter Hong is senior deputy for Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

Jewish Journal writer remembers friend Steven Sotloff

sotloff-berrin.jpg Danille Berrin went to temple with Sotloff in Miami and had corresponded with him about stories after they later reconnected.

A.J. Langguth, author and USC journalism professor was 81

ajlangguth-usc.jpg The emeritus professor at Annenberg was a prolific author and had been a correspondent for the New York Times and Look, and a writer for the late Valley Times newspaper.

LAT's Robert J. Lopez leaves for communications job at Cal State LA

robertjlopez-fb.jpg Robert J. Lopez has been an investigative reporter and on the cops and street action beat for the Los Angeles Times for 22 years. An early convert to digital journalism, he's also a prolific tweeter of breaking news @LAJourno.

Media notes for Wednesday 8.27.14

daily-news-editors.jpg Daily News leadership, a new photo of and a threat directed at Nikki Finke, Heather Havrilesky's column moves, plus more.

Daily News and LANG hire county reporter from Register

david-montero-twitter.jpg David Montero, who got to the Register last year, will cover LA county government and some general assignment.

The Wrap does the ice bucket meme -- without water (video)*

the-wrap-ice-bucket.jpg "With California in the midst of a drought, TheWrap opted against using water, and instead just waited for some of the ice to melt." Does Sharon Waxman's hair even get wet?

Reporter James Foley, 40, murdered on video in Syria

james-foley-fb.jpg "We have never been prouder of our son Jim," Foley's mother says on Facebook. "He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people."

Beutner makes the media rounds, sounds upbeat

austin-beutner-almeida-nyt.jpg New Los Angeles Times publisher Austin Beutner broke his media silence Tuesday and appeared in the morning on KPCC's "Airtalk" with Larry Mantle, and in the evening on KCRW's "Which Way, L.A.?" with Warren Olney. I gave my response on the KCRW segment.

LA Times reporter says au revoir to Silicon Valley

sock-puppet-obrien-crop.jpg Silicon Valley "is one of the most amazing places on the planet," says Chris O'Brien on his way to three years in France.

Here's what Beutner will be paid as LA Times publisher

Thumbnail image for latimes-mirror-bldg.jpg The 3-year package starts with a base salary of $675,000 a year, an annual bonus of the same amount, and a $40,000 personal allowance each year. Plus equity and more, per an SEC filing.

Alissa Rubin's account of her helicopter crash

alissa-rubin-hurt-ferguson.jpg New York Times Paris bureau chief Alissa J. Rubin, a former LA Times correspondent, dictated a reporter's notebook from her Istanbul hospital bed about the Iraq crash in which she was injured. The story runs with a graphic photograph of a bloodied Rubin.

NYT's Alissa Rubin hurt in Iraq helicopter crash

The Paris bureau chief for the New York Times, and former LA Times correspondent, has been airlifted out of the region with a concussion and some broken bones. Photographer Adam Ferguson has left the region with her.
beutner-lamag.jpg The former mayoral candidate who looked into buying the Times says he won't be a caretaker or dictate coverage. "It’s an organization that has to change in order to prosper. If they’re looking for a caretaker, they picked the wrong guy.”

Financial Times' man in LA looks back on eight years

garrahan-in-la-ft.jpg Eight years and three children later, Matthew Garrahan is leaving Los Angeles for a new posting as global media editor for the Financial Times. He shares some observations of LA.

Times adds aerospace reporter recently at the Register

melody-petersen-twitter.jpg Melody Petersen joined the OC Register in 2012 as an investigations reporter.

LA Times loses the sports editor and a tech reporter

Thumbnail image for latimes-building-aerial-tig.jpg Mike James announces his retirement, and Robert Faturechi leaves for ProPublica. They join the foreign editor, the lead Company Town blogger and others getting the heck out of Dodge while they can. But the Times is also hiring.

Jess Marlow, longtime LA news anchor was 84*

jess+marlow+tv+blue.jpg Marlow had a long career reporting or anchoring on KNBC, KCBS and KCET — 37 years in all, ending with the old "Life & Times” program on KCET.

Kent Shocknek to retire from the CBS duopoly

kent-shocknek-cbs.jpg KCBS and KCAL announced today that longtime anchor Kent Shocknek will retire at the end of September. He has been on TV in Los Angeles for 31 years, most recently as anchor of the 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts on KCAL.

KFWB going all sports, LA Times needs water, more media notes

lat-drinking-water-pearce.jpg LA Times staffers are restless about halted delivery of bottled water in the newsroom. Plus a veteran NPR voice dies, a SoCal media voice gets married, and more on Mission & State.

NBC4 wins the most local Emmys

emmys-66-logo.jpg NBC4's honors included for investigative reporting and for regularly scheduled daily evening newscast. Channel 4's Mary Harris also won the Emmy for news writing for the seventh time.
joe-flint-twitter.jpg Flint will be based in the LA bureau of the Journal. He covered media for the WSJ for seven years before joining the Times.

Media and news notes: Thursday 7.24.14

colbert-stephen.jpg Drought effects. Bobby Shriver gets an endorsement. Obamajam keeps woman in labor from the hospital. Colbert will keep Late Show in NYC. What happens when film and TV productions are denied California's subsidy. Plus media notes: Maria Russo, Chris Long, KCRW's drone and more.

Media and news notes: Wednesday 7.23.14

nick-ut-1972.jpg Casey Wasserman quietly leads LA's Olympic bid. The Mexican-born Stanford Law professor named to the state Supreme Court. Andre Birotte confirmed as judge. Sheila Kuehl gets County Fed endorsement. Plus Ron Calderon, George McKenna, Nick Ut, Donald Sterling, SoCal's bestsellers this week and more.

KTLA's Wendy Burch details her pregnancy for viewers (video)

wendy-burch-pregnant-grab.jpg Burch takes to the station's morning show to explain the details of how, at age 45, she decided to go the frozen egg route. The report runs almost six minutes.

Ex-KPCC VP Stanton lands in crisis PR

russstanton.jpg Russ Stanton becomes a senior executive with the public relations firm founded by his (and my) former LA Times colleague Glenn Bunting.

Media notes for Thursday, July 10

tom-hoffarth-dn.jpg Rumor about Murdoch and Tribune papers. Hoffarth goes part-time. New producer at KCRW. Iranian journo gets 2 years and 50 lashes for her blog. "Los Angeles Plays Itself," the ESPN Body Issue and more.

Media moves and notes for Tuesday, July 8

sigman-house.jpg Claude Brodesser-Akner, Michael Sigman, Zen Vuong, Dashiell Bennett, Robert Salladay and more — including the night the LA Times printed the Herald Examiner.
tamara-keith-npr.jpg She wrote to Scott Simon 19 years ago — got an answer and more — and this past Saturday filed in for Simon as host of "Weekend Edition."

Mark Katches named editor of The Oregonian

mark-katches-cir.jpg The editorial director of the Center for Investigative Reporting, and formerly of California Watch, used to run the investigative team at the Orange County Register.

Jeffrey Ressner, LA journalist was 56

jeffrey-ressner-billboard.jpg Ressner began at the LA Weekly as a messenger, moved to the Hollywood Reporter, Rolling Stone and US Weekly, then was a Time magazine correspondent in Los Angeles for more than 10 years. He also wrote for Politico.

Press Club awards honor Mark Lacter tonight

mark-lacter-600.jpg Journalists of the year are Gene Maddaus of the LA Weekly, Alfred Lee of the LA Business Journal, Rolando Nichols of MundoFox, Saul Gonzalez of KCRW, Celeste Fremon of Witness LA, Cynthia Littleton of Variety and Ringo H.W. Chiu of the LA Business Journal. More winners inside.

How Aaron Kushner didn't save the Register

oc-weekly-kushner-cover.jpg In a long piece in the OC Weekly, Register rival Gustavo Arellano details all that has gone wrong with Kushner's experiment. About 70 staffers have now left the newsroom on buyouts that came down this month.

What's going on with Nikki Finke and Deadline

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for hollywood-sign-oh-vdt.jpg Anne Thompson helps give some perspective to the latest back and forth between the Hollywood blogger and her former colleagues.

Rebekah Brooks not guilty, Coulson convicted in U.K. hacking

coulson-brooks-guardian.jpg After the verdicts in the phone hacking trial of Rupert Murdoch's tabloid editors, Prime Minister David Cameron apologized to the cameras for employing Andy Coulson as his spokesman.

Russ Stanton leaving as content head at KPCC (updated*)

melanie-sill-kpcc.jpg Melanie Sill ascends to vice president of content for Southern California Public Radio. Stanton says he's headed to the private sector.

Reporters remember talking to O.J. back then

ojsimpson-bronco.jpg Linda Deutsch of AP was the reporter Simpson felt he could talk to and be treated fairly. Jim Newton of the LA Times thought he was going to get into a fistfight when he interviewed Simpson. Plus more.

Baquet has malignant tumor removed from kidney

Thumbnail image for baquets-read-on-subway.jpg His email to the New York Times staff calls it "minimally invasive, completely successful doctors have given me an excellent prognosis.”

Casey Kasem, Top 40 legend was 82 (video)

casey-kasem-board.jpg Casey Kasem was one of the marquee names on KRLA when that mattered in Los Angeles, and after 1970 was America's Mr. Top 40. He died in Washington state surrounded by his children.

Jim Hayes, journalism prof and writing coach was 88

jim-hayes-fb2.jpg 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.

T.J. Simers takes Register buyout, says he's retired

simers-register-pic.jpg Sports columnist T.J. Simers' rebirth with the Orange County Register lasted less than a year. Well under a year. He's joining this week's exodus from OC Register.

Tuesday news and notes: 5.20.14

vf-screen-shot.jpg All media today: Sulzberger speaks to Vanity Fair. Another digital defection from NYT. Atlantic Cities rebrands. Moves at the LAT, LANG and KCRW. Plus more

KPCC's other arts hires are interesting too

Thumbnail image for scpr-sign-kpcc.jpg The senior producer of a new arts and entertainment program will be Oscar Garza, former daily Calendar editor at the LA Times. Rounding out the team is an import from KCRW.
jill-abramson-wakeforest-grab.jpg Fired New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson gave her speech this morning to the graduating class at Wake Forest, streamed live online by at least two networks, and covered by a lot of news media.

Baquet abruptly named new editor of NYT, Abramson out *

baquet-abramson-keller.jpg Dean Baquet, the former editor in chief of the Los Angeles Times who left during the worst of the Tribune Company manhandling of the LAT, today was named executive editor of the New York Times. Jill Abramson is out. No explanation.

KPCC fills new entertainment spot with a print guy

john-horn-glasses.jpg KPCC has been looking for awhile for the right person to host a new arts and entertainment program aimed at making the station a player in Hollywood and cultural coverage. They found their man at the LA Times.

LAT Mexico City reporter jumps to New York Times

nyt-newsroom.jpg Richard Fausset is leaving Mexico City to return to Atlanta, this time as a New York Times national correspondent. Plus another opening at the NYT.

He was mortified by his mother — until he wasn't

Andresandhismom-zocalo.jpg Andrés Martinez writes about the discomfort of being raised in Mexico by an American gringa, and about the last time he spoke with her.

KPCC board chair named chief executive of NPR

Jarl-Mohn-current.jpg Jarl Mohn takes over in July. A well known LA art collector and venture capitalist, he was previously GM of MTV Networks and founder of the E! Channel, as well as chair of CNET. NPR memo inside.

LA Times reporter in Washington jumps to AP

AP-logo.jpg Ken Dilanian will cover intelligence for the Associated Press bureau.

Shirtless bro of 909 'took a shot seen round the world'

clay-narey-allen.jpg The guy with no shirt on who asked out reporter Courtney Friel while both were live on the KTLA air last week is a new Inland Empire celebrity. Meet the ex-Marine behind the skin.

Mystery LAX disruption traced to legendary old spy plane

u-2-usaf.jpg The U-2 was developed and built at Burbank Airport and played a major role in the Cold War. CIA pilot Francis Gary Powers, shot down over the USSR in 1960 and swapped for a KGB spy, later died flying the KNBC news chopper.
courtney-friel-grab.jpg KTLA's Courtney Friel was covering the afternoon's brush fire in the Inland Empire foothills on Wednesday when a shirtless man carrying a dog asked her for a date.

KCET brings back a form of 'SoCal Connected'

Thumbnail image for kcet-control-room.jpg New season begins May 14 with some of the old team and some new faces. Expect a show that's more like the KCET website than the TV series that won all those awards.

Politico making an LA move

state-capitol.jpg Two of Politico's bigger names are relocating to Los Angeles from the East Coast. It sounds less strategic and more about personal situations.

New LA Times tech editor will work from Bay Area

Russ Mitchell will guide coverage of Silicon Valley and tech companies, and write for the paper's Tech Now blog.

LA Times loses another reporter to BuzzFeed

Thumbnail image for buzzfeed-la.jpg The latest staff writer to jump ship at the Los Angeles Times is Metro projects reporter Jessica Garrison. Read the farewell memo inside.

Dee Dee Myers to join Warner Bros. as chief flack

DeeDeeMyers-chair.jpg Myers' Clinton ties could be a factor if Hillary Clinton runs for president. Before she became the first female press secretary at the White House, Myers worked in LA City Hall.

Amy and Samy and Ana Garcia

Thumbnail image for ana-garcia-at-city-hall.jpg Ana Garcia, the former KNBC anchor and investigative reporter, shows up on a new issue of "Kitchen Nightmares" interviewing the overheated proprietors of Amy's Baking Company in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Anja Niedringhaus, AP photographer, killed in Afghanistan

gannon-Niedringhaus.jpg The Associated Press says that an Afghan police commander opened fire with an AK-47 Friday on two AP journalists, killing Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding veteran correspondent Kathy Gannon.

LA Times alums: Ruth Ryon, Lonnie White*

Thumbnail image for lonnie-white-wearesc.jpg Ruth Ryon created the LA Times' Hot Property feature. Lonnie White covered sports and had played football at USC, where he set the school's single-season record for kickoff return yardage.

LA Weekly adds new details on Oxy-Felch story

The LA Times maintains its silence despite fair questions about what else Jason Felch was reporting on and whether the editors and lawyers botched handling of Occidental College stories.
oxy-quad.jpg Woman identified only as "a faculty member critical of Occidental’s administration" alleges a messed-up situation at the college. Oxy disagrees. Plus more details.

Willow Bay named director of USC journalism school

willow-bay-twitter.jpg For several years Bay has been senior editor of the Huffington Post Los Angeles operation, but her roots are in television news. She takes over in July. Took a long time to fill this one.

LA Times names new Business Editor

Thumbnail image for latimes-building-aerial-tig.jpg Kimi Yoshino succeeds Marla Dickerson, who left the Times for the Wall Street Journal.

Friends try to cheer up dying prof and writing coach

jim-hayes-fb.jpg Jim Hayes taught journalism at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and worked for many years as a part-time writing coach at the Los Angeles Times. Those two pursuits earned him a solid base of admirers and a story today in the Times.

The Grim Sleeper serial killer story continues

christine-pelisek-weekly.jpg Christine Pelisek has a new piece in LA Weekly on the 23-year murder spree she essentially uncovered, plus she's in a Lifetime documentary on the case and played by Dreama Walker in a movie. Meanwhile, suspect Lonnie Franklin is still awaiting trial.

San Francisco has an accent, but itsa fading away

sf-muni-f-car.jpg Chronicle columnist Carl Nolte really knows his city, and he explains how the local sound of San Francisco is going away.

Bob Thomas, Hollywood reporter for AP was 92

bob-thomas-judy-garland-ap.jpg Bob Thomas began to cover Hollywood for the Associated Press in 1944, after fleeing the Fresno bureau. When he retired in 2010, Thomas held records for longest career as an entertainment reporter and most consecutive Academy Awards shows covered.
jason-felch-book-site.jpg Jason Felch was dismissed for what the editor of the Times calls "an inappropriate relationship" with a source on the Oxy stories. We'll note, because the editor didn't, that Oxy retains Felch's former investigative reporting partner at the Times.

LA Times names social media editor from within

stacey-leasca-grab.jpg Stacey Leasca has been promoted to social media editor at the Los Angeles Times, where she will direct social media strategy across the newsroom. Memo is inside.

Larry Burrough, Herald Examiner and OC Register editor was 66 *

larry-burrough-fb.jpg The Herald Examiner alumni on Facebook have posted the news that former city editor Larry Burrough died Monday in Washington state. He went to the Orange County Register and also was managing editor of the Denver Post.

Dawn Chmielewski leaving LAT entertainment and tech team

dawn-chm-twitter.jpg Chmielewski will join ex-Wall Street Journal tech writers Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg at Re/Code.

Possible list of Register staffers headed north to Los Angeles

mid-valley-little-league.jpg The list is unconfirmed but looks real, and indicates some interesting coverage priorities. Check it out.

Sam Quinones moves on from LA Times

Sam-quinones-240.jpg This farewell note went out to the Los Angeles Times newsroom today from former staff writer Sam Quinones. He's off to freelance and write books, most immediately about America's new upper middle class heroin epidemic.

When it comes to Best Picture, watch for a slap in the face

nate-silver-abc-grab.jpg ABC analyst Nate Silver is better known for his politics and baseball stat work than his Oscar predictions, but he shared some data-driven observations about best picture winners this morning on George Stephanopoulos.

NBC's Miguel Almaguer rescued from Azusa mud

miguel-almaguer-in-mud.jpg Los Angeles bureau reporter Miguel Almaguer did a field report for the "NBC Nightly News" Friday night while standing thigh deep in runoff debris. His rescue was not shown.

Journalist Miles O'Brien loses an arm: 'just a flesh wound'

miles-obrien-beard.jpg Science and technology reporter Miles O'Brien ("PBS NewsHour," "Frontline," CNN) was wrapping up a trip to Japan and the Philippines this month when a camera case fell on his forearm. Ouch.

Tony Gieske, jazz reviewer and editor was 82

tony-gieske-fb.jpg Robert Anthony "Tony" Gieske worked for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and spent 18 years at the Hollywood Reporter.

Bree Walker talks about her arrest and that mug shot

bree-walker-happier.jpg Robin Abcarian, the LA Times columnist, stopped in to see her Venice neighbor this morning. They talked about the event that re-injected the former CBS 2 anchor into the news stream last week: Walker's arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence in Anaheim, and the release of a police mug shot that showed her looking, in Walker's words, like rocker Steven Tyler.

William F. Thomas, editor of the LA Times at its peak was 89

bill-thomas-letter.jpg Bill Thomas was editor of the Los Angeles from 1971 to 1989, a time in which the paper's reputation grew nationally due largely to the expansion in coverage and ambition he led.

LAT Business Editor leaves for a foreign post

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Marla Dickerson will become Brazil bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal. Calendar writer Reed Johnson, her husband, is also jumping to the WSJ in Brazil.

The other sides of Alex Cohen and Howard Blume

alex-cohen-12-grab.jpg Before KPCC's Cohen was the co-host of "Take Two," she was a 12-year-old game show contestant. Plus: Blume taps on Saturday.

Kushner also speaking at USC Annenberg

aaron-kushner-usc.jpg We're starting to see Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner reach out in Los Angeles in advance of launching his new LA newspaper. He'll be in the journalism school at USC next Tuesday.

Bree Walker, former CBS 2 anchor, arrested on DUI

bree-walker-dui.jpg She was reportedly stopped by Anaheim police after running a red light then failed a field sobriety test. Walker was released on a promise to appear in court.

Hot ticket: Aaron Kushner to talk about LA newspapers

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for aarson-kushner-ocw.jpg The topic of the Zócalo Public Square panel scheduled March 10 at the Petersen Automotive Museum is "What kind of newspaper does Los Angeles deserve?"

It takes a village to replace Nate Silver

Lynn-Vavreck-ucla.jpg The New York Times has been building a new politics and data team to replace Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight blog. UCLA political scientist Lynn Vavreck will be a regular contributor. Plus more.

KCRW's Matt Miller joins race for Waxman seat

matt-miller-bw.jpg The race to succeed Rep. Henry Waxman in the 33rd congressional district just got more crowded. Miller will take a leave from KCRW and his Washington Post column.

Jillian Barberie, John Phillips to share mid-day radio slot

GooddayMidDay.jpg When last we saw Jillian Barberie, she was leaving Fox 11 once and for all. Now she will do talk radio on KABC.

Sam Rubin's bad day with Samuel L. Jackson (videos)

rubin-jackson-ktla.jpg The KTLA entertainment anchor made a mistake with Jackson on live TV this morning and has been the butt of jokes and social media comments the rest of the day. And probably will be tomorrow too, despite an on-air apology. Bad on KTLA: the video clip inside starts automatically.

Veteran TV types fill the final slot in KFI radio lineup

mark-thompson-espinosa-kfi.jpg Starting today, the 1-3 pm slot is filled by Mark Thompson, the former Fox 11 weather anchor, and Elizabeth Espinosa, the former Fox 11 and KTLA reporter and anchor. Yes, the LA home of angry white guy talk now has a Latina co-host.

Zocalo Public Square adds a national and science editor

Jia-Rui-Chong-Cook-zocalo.jpg It's Jia-Rui Cook, the former LA Times reporter and JPL media relations rep.

Philip Seymour Hoffman was 'far from disappointing in person'

pshoffman-david-carr-piece.jpg New York Times media writer David Carr had some things in common with Philip Seymour Hoffman: wrestling, a role to play in the movie promoting machine, and addiction.

New ex-journalist PIOs in the District Attorney's office

jackie-lacey-courthouse.jpg Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey has revamped her media office with a trio of former journalists. Office veteran Jane Robison gets a new title and the office is on Twitter.

Stephen Glass cannot be a lawyer in California, court rules

stephen-glass-mug.jpg Too many lies over too many years to be a lawyer, the California State Supreme Court says in an unsigned, unanimous opinion.

Abuse of women on the Internet on 'Reliable Sources'

amy-wallace-hess-stelter-grab.jpg Los Angeles writers Amanda Hess and Amy Wallace were on CNN with Brian Stelter this morning to discuss their recent pieces. Link to watch inside.

Emily Green has a beef with Jon Christensen's take on LA

chance-of-rain-logo.jpg Christensen gives LA credit as a good enviro partner in an essay in High Country News, and she's not impressed.

Danny Pearl's final story *

Asra-Danny-Karachi.jpg Asra Q. Nomani was a close friend and Wall Street Journal colleague of Daniel Pearl. It was from her house in Karachi that the Los Angeles native left on January 23, 2002 for the interview he never returned from.

Julie Chang returns to Fox11 after brain surgery

julie-chang-back-wide.jpg "California saved my life," the "Good Day LA" entertainment anchor says of the tumor discovered after she moved here and got bonked on the head by a surfboard.

Los Angeles Times loses Ken Bensinger to BuzzFeed

buzzfeed-la.jpg Times editors joke that BuzzFeed is "the online juggernaut known for hard-hitting reports such as 'The 25 Most Awkward Cat Sleeping Positions.'” But they regret losing Bensinger.

Gender and the female journalist who dares read the Internet

Nasty online bullying of women affects many people who you know. When it's aimed at journalists, it seeks to intimidate and silence.

Mariel Garza to leave as LA News Group opinion editor

mariel-garza-lang.jpg Garza is going to Sacramento to be the... — well, you have to click and go inside to get her new job.

Doug Kriegel returning to air as a drive-by economist

doug-kriegel-2014-grab.jpg The former NBC 4 reporter will host a monthly show on the economic life of Southern California on PBS SoCal. The first episode airs Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m.

New Madeleine Brand show at KCRW has a name and date

madeleine-brand-kcrw.jpg "Press Play" will debut Monday, Jan. 27 in the noon to 1 p.m. time slot. It will feature news and culture talk and be KCRW's first new daily program in more than a dozen years.

Consumer columnist David Lazarus a victim of ID theft

david-lazarus-marketplace.jpg He wrote a column on Saturday taking retailers like Target to task for not doing a better job of safeguarding credit card data. Hours later, he found that his own American Express card was among the pilfered.
Lindgren will relocate to Los Angeles for three months to oversee The Hollywood Reporter as acting editor while Janice Min and other key editors are working on a remake of Billboard.


bob-brad-korean-bell.jpg Bob Chamberlin of the Los Angeles Times and Brad Graverson of the Daily Breeze use iPhones to document today's rededication of the Korean Friendship Bell in San Pedro.

Longtime LA Times sportswriter tweets her own layoff

Thumbnail image for latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Diane Pucin has been covering sports media and tennis, as well as other sports, at the Los Angeles Times for a long time.

Gustavo Arellano and Lalo Alcaraz go Hollywood

twoamigos-gustavo-lalo.jpg The two amigos of local Mexican-flavored media are part of the team for the new Fox show "Bordertown," and darn happy to be there it sounds like.

George Skelton observes 40 years of change in Sacramento

george-skelton-bug.jpg Skelton, the Los Angeles Times columnist in Sacramento, notes in his latest column that he had his first story in the paper 40 years ago — a front-pager about Ronald Reagan heading into the final year of his two terms as governor. "Unbeknown to most people outside this business, nothing is more important to a news reporter — short of accuracy — than landing on Page 1," he says.

Amezcua signs to talk on conservative radio station

Thumbnail image for amezcua-devine-twitter.jpg Former Fox 11 anchor Carlos Amezcua will handle 3 to 6 p.m. on the new LA home of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck.

Chefs will cook to benefit injured food critic Max Jacobson

Max-Jacobson-vegasseven.jpg Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, Thomas Keller and Bradley Ogden are among the chefs who will join in Las Vegas dinners to raise funds for Jacobson, who was hit by a car while walking in Henderson, Nevada.

Susan Rasky, journalist and mentor at Berkeley was 61 *

susan-rasky-grab.jpg The lecturer in the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley covered Congress for the New York Times and helped train a generation of government reporters. She died on Dec. 29 after a long illness.

State Dept. condolences on the death of journalist Mike O'Connor

A spokesperson for the State Department took note today of Sunday's passing of Mike O'Connor, the former NPR and KCBS-LA reporter who was the Mexico representative of the Committee to Protect Journalists. Full text inside.

There's a new print bureau chief in LA

chris-woodyard-usatoday.jpg USA Today has gone without a formal chief of the Los Angeles bureau for about two decades or so. That changes on Wednesday.
mike-oconnor-fb.jpg O'Connor covered wars for NPR and the New York Times, and Los Angeles for Channel 2, before taking on the delicate mission of protecting journalists trying to cover corruption and the deadly drug wars in Mexico.

Two veteran LA Times editors sign out, and one returns

scott-martelle-mug.jpg Lee Margulies and Sherry Stern retire from the Calendar section, and Scott Martelle will come back as an editorial writer five years after he was laid off while covering a presidential election for the Times. Details inside.

Register columnist Frank Mickadeit passes the Bar, gives notice

mickadeit-studies-ocr.jpg After ten years, Mickadeit is putting down his Orange County Register column to practice law in Costa Mesa. His first legal advice: "Never talk to a reporter without your lawyer present."

Harry Shearer's pro bono 'Le Show' turns 30

harry-shearer-thumb.jpg "It's an act of insensate stubbornness on my part," says Shearer. "But I get really remarkable feedback from listeners and as time goes on and things in the world get weirder, I think the intensity of the appreciation increases."

KCRW names team for upcoming Madeleine Brand show

kcrw-new-hires-walsh.jpg Andrew Walsh, formerly of KIRO in Seattle, is the executive producer. Three KCRW veterans are shifting to the new show, and three outside producers have joined the staff.

KPCC shifts priorities: Cuts three reporters and leaves Sacramento

scpr-sign-kpcc.jpg KPCC is continuing to hire in strategic areas, but the Sacramento bureau is closing and three reporter slots were eliminated. The growing newsroom is now 95 strong, one of the biggest in LA in any medium.

LA Times now a renter in its own building

Thumbnail image for latimes-building-aerial-tig.jpg The Tribune Co. took concrete steps on Tuesday to formally spin off its newspapers from the parent company and, some would argue, cast them adrift from the more profitable TV stations until someone comes along to buy the LA Times and other papers. But Times reporters and editors have already gotten a new look at life as a corporate orphan, and it isn't reassuring.

SPJ's distinguished journalists of (next) year

sandy-banks-vert.jpg There are two winners from print, two from broadcast, and a new media representative. Plus a special award to a local public information officer.

Dodgers hire blogger Jon Weisman

jon-weisman-paley-ctr.jpg Weisman and the team announced he is leaving Variety (where he is a senior editor covering television) to become the Dodgers director of digital and print content. Dodger Thoughts will suspend publication.

Daily News schools reporter jumps to school board side *

Barbara Jones, who covers the LA Unified School District and the Board of Education for the Daily News, is leaving the newspaper business to become the chief of staff to board member Tamar Galatzan.

Rush Limbaugh moves stations, ending progressive talk in LA

limbaugh-smoke-fb.jpg Clear Channel is moving Limbaugh from KFI to KTLK — which will drop 'progressive talk' and become The Patriot 1150, with Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck also on board.

Nomar Garciaparra joins Dodgers broadcast team

hamm-garciaparra.jpg The former Dodger infielder has been hired as a TV and radio commentator, according to Times blogger Steve Dilbeck, citing "a person familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity."

Fox 11 anchor Carlos Amezcua no longer with station

amezcua-devine-twitter.jpg The newsroom at Channel 11 was told this afternoon that co-anchor Carlos Amezcua's last day was Friday. The word is that he's leaving to focus on his outside media company.

Dan Morain named editorial page editor at the Bee

dan-morain-bee.jpg Sacramento Bee opinion page columnist and senior editor Dan Morain is moving up to editor of the editorial pages. Morain, 58, previously worked at the Los Angeles Times and the Herald Examiner.
smart-as-finke.jpg Jean Smart portrays Finke as a secret blogger whose true identity is unknown to her family. Good line: "Mom, you're on the Internet."

Andrew Youssef, OC writer-photographer was 38

andrewyoussefpic-ocw.jpg Youssef, the longtime OC Weekly music writer-photographer who documented his battle against colon cancer in a column for the paper, died over the weekend surrounded by family and friends.

THR's Stephen Galloway wins entertainment journalist of the year

stephen-galloway-thr.jpg The LA Press Club handed out the prizes it calls the National Entertainment Journalism Awards last night. Here are the winners.

Doug Krikorian back on the beat in Long Beach

doug-krikorian-lbreg.jpg The longtime SoCal sportswriter and columnist (and talk radio host) Doug Krikorian, laid off by the Press-Telegram in 2011, has shown up in the pages of the rival Long Beach Register.

Finke, Waxman, Penske, Min: Battle of the Hollywood trades

pulp-friction-graphic-lamag.jpg Patrick Goldstein, the longtime Hollywood watcher for the LA Times and others, has a good feature piece in Los Angeles Magazine on the current state of the four main movie biz trades. One of the best parts is the disclosure of his professional entanglements with the players.

Lucy Noland leaves NBC4, Chang has her surgery

Thumbnail image for lucy-noland1.jpg Couple of updates to previous stories from the local TV news sector.

Writing what you know: crime reporter Michael Krikorian

southside-cover-krikorian.jpg When we last heard about journalist Michael Krikorian, he had written a colorful and revealing op-ed piece about the night he shot some guy in a brawl near Compton. His first crime novel features an LA Times crime reporter who is shot after leaving a bar two blocks from City Hall.

PBS SoCal drops its Orange County news show

Thumbnail image for laguna-beach-sand-north-lao.jpg "The Real Orange" with Ed Arnold has been on since 1997. Still no news about the station breaking from its OC roots to expand into LA and greater Southern California.

Fox 11's Julie Chang announces she has a brain tumor

julie-chang-announce.jpg Julie Chang is the entertainment news anchor on Fox 11's "Good Day LA" who joined the show about a year ago from New York. She explains that a surfing accident got her to the doctor.

Raul Ramirez, major Bay Area journalist was 67

Raul-ramirez-office.jpg His death was announced by KQED, the public radio station where he was executive director of news and public affairs. He previously was a reporter and editor at the San Francisco Examiner and the Oakland Tribune.

NYT's Brian Stelter jumps to CNN, will host 'Reliable Sources'

Brian_Stelter_wikipedia.jpg Stelter, one of the most high-profile New York Times staffers, produced scoop after scoop on the media beat while this year publishing his first book, “Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV." He began TVNewswer in college and got hired full-time at the NYT at graduation.

CBS duopoly swaps anchors Shocknek, Tay, Garcia and Suh (and Taft)

taft-garcia-tay.jpg CBS Los Angeles took a page from baseball and announced today that it is trading some of its big name on-air talent between stations CBS 2 and KCAL 9. Here are the details.

Nikki Finke and site she started are 'parting ways'

deadline-grab-finke-out.jpg Key staffers hired by Finke will carry on Finke calls it "a great day" and says she is free to start a new career at a new website.

Dorothy Lucey blogs about exit of the boss who axed her

dorothy_lucey_ftvlive.jpg She lets Kingsley Smith off easy, I think -- but his eyes might be bleeding anyway.

Kingsley Smith out as news director at Fox 11

fox-11-bundy.jpg The announcement this afternoon by Fox 11 general manager Kevin Hale that Smith had resigned to pursue that magical career path — other opportunities — ends a 20-year association with Fox stations. It also smacks of being pushed.

When Lou Reed played Beverly Hills High School

Lou-reed-nico.jpg LA writer and political blogger Mickey Kaus was the instigator of Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground performing in 1968 at a student assembly. He recalls the day.

Deadline staff starts to turn on Finke, it seems

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for hollywood-sign-oh-vdt.jpg Nikki Finke is "miscast as the victim in this drama," Deadline's senior actual adult, Hollywood trades veteran Michael Fleming, writes in a post on what used to be her site. He refutes several of her core claims and says "Nikki" has turned a personal feud with buyer Jay Penske into "a public spectacle."

Finke says she's locked out of

I guess this is what happens when you sell your website to a guy with money, then challenge him openly.

Nikki Finke signals a new future free of Penske

deadline-hwd-logo.jpg On her Twitter feed, Nikki Finke has been posting in the past hour on what sounds like the beginning of a final break from Jay Penske, the investor who bought her some years back.

Karlene Goller leaving as LA Times lawyer

karlene-goller-thumb.jpg The VP and deputy general counsel has been so tied to the newsroom and sensitive news projects for two decades that she was given one of the paper's editorial recognition awards.

LA Times Cairo bureau chief going Hollywood *

jeffrey-fleishman-twitter.jpg Jeffrey Fleishman is coming home to a new beat in Calendar as a senior reporter covering film, TV and the arts.

Inside a cargo operation at LAX (video)

corvette-lufthansa-bs.jpg Brian Sumers, who covers Los Angeles International Airport for the Daily Breeze, continues to cover the heck out of LAX both in the paper and on his blog, LA Airspace. Today: shipping a Corvette to Europe.

13 things we didn't know about Kai Ryssdal of 'Marketplace'

kai-ryssdal-vf.jpg Vanity Fair works some fun biographical facts into its November issue. Included are details on how he maintains his haircut, his Navy aviator roots and what he drives — and what time he gets to work.

Former LAT national editor joins health news website

Roger Smith will be the managing editor of the California HealthCare Foundation’s Center for Health Reporting at USC Annenberg.

Alycia Lane era ends at NBC4

Thumbnail image for AlyciaLane.jpg Anchor Alycia Lane arrived from Philadelphia in 2009 with such hoopla — and a lot of baggage. Her legal cases have concluded back there, and now her time at Channel 4 here as well.

Register adds Mark Heisler as NBA columnist

oc-register.jpg The former longtime basketball writer for the LA Times joins T.J. Simers on the Orange County Register sports pages.

Evelyn Taft confirms what her fans suspected

taft-garcia-tay.jpg KCAL's weathercaster is almost five months pregnant, she announced on the air tonight. They pretty much had to say something.

Media wait at AEG trial (photo)

news-media-aegtrial-ut.jpg Photographers (mostly) wait outside the Stanley Mosk courthouse in downtown Los Angeles for the verdict clearing Anschutz Entertainment Group of liability in the death of Michael Jackson.

Once again, Scully backtracks after dismay builds

vin-scully-2008-crowd-beck-si.jpg "I wasn’t making a declaration. I guess it was misconstrued," Vin Scully says of KPCC report. Why does it feel that something deeper is going on. Plus: Vinnie rips John McCain.

Vin Scully suggests next season will be his last

Thumbnail image for vin-scully-lifemag.jpg KPCC reports that in a recent interview, Scully said that he's leaning toward retirement after the 2014 baseball season. He will turn 86 next month.

Brian Rooney will send you the news for $10 a year

brian-rooney-pic.jpg Brian Rooney, the former Los Angeles correspondent for ABC News (for 23 years), is now doing The Rooney Report, a daily news digest he will email you. Just ten bucks a year.

A couple of journalist health reports

andrew-youssef-ocw.jpg John Kissell writes about his heart stopping at work, and Andrew Youssef discloses that his colon cancer has worsened.

'Weekend All Things Considered' adds life to NPR West

npr-west-front-room.jpg NPR debuted its newly envisioned afternoon show this weekend from Culver City. It means more LA content for the network and less quiet around the studios, underused since the demise of "Day to Day."

Walt Mossberg, Kara Swisher split with WSJ

walt-mossberg-twitter.jpg Mossberg and Swisher say they will continue writing about tech after the contract for AllThingsD runs out at the end of the year. No details, however.

New weather talent coming to LA: Crystal Egger

crystal-egger-knbc.jpg Egger arrives in October from The Weather Channel to take over as the meteorologist on "Today in LA" on NBC 4. She's a UC Santa Barbara grad from Grand Terrace in the Inland Empire.

Register puts first Simers column outside the paywall

simers-register-pic.jpg Actually, for a limited time all the sports columnists are free. Simers aims a couple of zings at the LA Times in his OC debut.

Writer describes his black widow bite (and hospital stay)

milking bw venom-Chuck Kristensen-Spider Pharm.jpg Nature writer Jackson Landers had his encounter with a black widow spider in Virginia, but since we are lousy with black widows here too and his story is kind of gripping, it's worth a read.

The Register officially announces (for free) T.J. Simers' arrival

simers-register-pic.jpg The Orange County Register put the story about T.J. Simers jumping from the LA Times on the front page of this morning's sports section — and outside the website paywall. No word on whether the columns themselves will disappear behind the wall.

LA Times loses health writer to Kaiser

Los Angeles Times staff writer Anna Gorman posted her job change on Twitter.

Vin Scully video of the night: 'It Takes Two' opening

scully-it-takes-two-grab.jpg In 1969 and '70, Vin Scully hosted a short-lived game show on NBC called "It Takes Two." The Dodgers were pretty mediocre in those years. This looks worse.
eliz-montgomery.jpg Vin Scully will be the grand marshal of this coming Rose Parade, but it won't be his first brush with getting up early on January 1.

When freelancing dried up, food writer discovered the soil

MyOC-PersonalGrowth.jpg Kelly von Hemert wrote about food and restaurants in Orange County for more than 14 years before the assignments stopped coming.

LAX screener who 'shamed' teenage girl arrested for threats*

daughter-outfit-boingboing.jpg Nna Alpha Onuoha, arrested for allegedly making threats after being suspended from his TSA job, is the screener who shamed the 15-year-old daughter of LA journalists in June.

LA Times staff told (tersely) that T.J. Simers is leaving

This morning's memo to the staff from the top editors of the Los Angeles Times explains nothing about the past three months of official silence regarding the T.J. Simers situation. It's noted that the sports editor is not one of the editors to sign the memo.

Simers explains why he's going to the Register

simers-usa-today.jpg According to USA Today, the acerbic sports columnist said he had an offer to stay at the Los Angeles Times, but likes better what he's hearing from the Register in Orange County.

Reports: Absent LA Times columnist TJ Simers is Register bound

Thumbnail image for simers-howard-grab.jpg Sources have erupted with gossip that Simers has been seen at the Orange County Register and will become a columnist there. He hasn't written at the Times since June, without explanation to readers.

Patrick Range McDonald to depart LA Weekly

McDonald, the LA Weekly staff writer who recently co-authored a book with former mayor Richard Riordan, is leaving to write a book about AIDS.

Finke goes on the record about wanting divorce from Penske *

Thumbnail image for hollywood-sign-oh-vdt.jpg "One of the most noble things Jay Penske could ever do would be to give me back Deadline," Nikki Finke says in an interview with the WSJ's Ben Fritz. Plus: Finke notes still no correction by Sharon Waxman.

Doug Frantz, former #2 at LAT, to become State Dept. spokesman

doug-frantz-pbs-grab.jpg Frantz was the Los Angeles Times managing editor who served as the top deputy when Dean Baquet was the paper's editor. Frantz followed Baquet out the door after a public dust-up with staff writer Mark Arax over the handling of a story on Turkey's genocide of Armenians.

Diana Nyad may finish Cuba-Fla swim this morning *

diana-nyad-in-water-9213.jpg Nyad addressed her crew before entering Key West waters. "I am about to swim my last two miles in the ocean. This is a lifelong dream of mine..."

ABC closes last TV bureau in Sacramento, lays off Nannette Miranda

nannette-miranda-twitter.jpg The layoff reaper finally came for ABC7's bureau chief in Sacramento. Now there will be no Los Angeles area TV stations with a presence around the state Capitol.

Martin Burns, Fox 11 and ex-KCET producer was 56

martin-burns-fox11.jpg Fox 11 News in Los Angeles reported that its investigative reporter and producer Martin Burns was the hiker who died Sunday in a hiking accident in the foothills above Altadena.

Afternoon media notes: John Henry visits LA Times

joe-francis-law.jpg Ordinarily no one would care that John Henry, the owner of the Boston Red Sox, showed up inside the offices of the Los Angeles Times. But Henry recently bought the Boston Globe. Plus: ABC News settles suit, Joe Francis, KCRW, the Nate Silver track, DirecTV, new LAT obits writer.

Changes and a deleted post at Studio City Patch

A columnist writes that she and her editor have been let go. The editor, however, suggests he has a new bigger role in the downsized Patch empire.

Emily Green on the beauty of a found baseball

baseballs-emily-green.jpg "Days when I find lost baseballs never fail to feel mildly enchanted, as if hot dogs and beer are waiting at home," the LA writer and blogger says. "If I could paint, I would paint them just as lovingly as Cézanne painted apples and oranges."
meredith-artley-twitter.jpg The Onion satirized CNN for leading its website with coverage of the Miley Cyrus twerking debacle by posting a fictional letter from Meredith Artley, the managing editor of the network's news website. Artley is known in Los Angeles as the former editor in charge of the LA Times website.

Dick Gordon leaving public radio's 'The Story'

dick-gordon-wunc.jpg The nationally syndicated public radio news interview program produced at North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC will air over American Public Media for the last time on October 11.

Piolin files suit against six ex-colleagues over alleged extortion

Eddie Sotelo, the Spanish-language radio host known as Piolin, filed a "civil extortion lawsuit" today in Santa Monica Superior court against against six former Univision employees and their Los Angeles attorneys alleging they demanded $4.9 million or would threaten to go public with allegations of sexual harassment and workplace humiliation.

Vin Scully will return next season: number 65

vin-scully2010-dn.jpg Think about this: the Dodgers have never played a season in Los Angeles without Vin Scully at the microphone. Add in eight years before that in Brooklyn.

PEN winners include Joan Didion, Chris Hedges, Kickstarter trio

pen-website-grab.jpg PEN Center USA will have old friend Harrison Ford present its lifetime achievement award to Joan Didion at the group's October dinner at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Ed Leibowitz of Los Angeles Magazine wins the journalism award.

Sandra Tsing Loh takes her science gig to UC Irvine *

stloh-uci.jpg UC Irvine has announced that Sandra Tsing Loh will now produce "The Loh Down on Science" with the Orange County campus, as well as KPCC. She will also do some teaching.

KPCC news boss is not a fan of The Wrap, it seems

TakeTwo-martinez-cohen-kpcc.jpg Russ Stanton, the VP for content at KPCC (and former editor in chief of the Los Angeles Times) had an email exchange with The Wrap reporter Sara Morrison over her recent story about the station. He takes a few shots at the site and offers Morrison some unsolicited career advice. She sticks to her guns.

Hastings a tortured soul, especially near the end

michael-hastings-memorial-jg.jpg Gene Maddaus of the LA Weekly has a cover story this week on the life and death of journalist Michael Hastings. Maddaus talks to friends and colleagues and finds that there was a lot of concern about Hastings in the days before his Mercedes hit a tree on Highland Avenue.

Andrew Blankstein leaving LA Times for NBC News

anblanx-pic.jpg Blankstein will take his deep law enforcement contacts list to NBC as an investigative reporter based here.

Michael Hastings died of 'traumatic injuries,' coroner rules

michael-hastings-memorial-jg.jpg Journalist Michael Hastings likely died within a few seconds of his speeding car hitting the palm tree in the median of Highland Avenue near Melrose in June, the Los Angeles County Coroner's office says. Traces of amphetamine and THC were found, but they are not considered factors.

Britain seizes electronics of reporter Glenn Greenwald's partner

Glenn-Greenwald-davis-miranda.jpg David Miranda was detained for almost nine hours by British terrorism authorities as he passed through London's Heathrow Airport while traveling from Berlin to his home in Brazil. "This is a profound attack on press freedoms," Greenwald said.

Unhired weatherman sues another LA station

bri-winkler-twitter.jpg Kyle Hunter sued KCBS and KCAL last year. This time he alleges that KABC did not consider him for the job due to illegal sex and age discrimination. The job went to Bri Winkler.

Piolín is taking his act to SiriusXM

piolin-promo.jpg Eddie Sotelo, the popular Spanish-language radio host who goes by Piolín, will next do his thing on satellite radio. Listen for him in the fall.

When Orson Welles wrote an obituary for the LA Times

Orson-Welles-larb.jpg Steve Wasserman, the former Los Angeles Times books editor, has some fun remembering his friend Orson Welles in a piece for the LA Review of Books. He tells how the Times in 1979 was about to drop the ball on the death in Beverly Hills of director Jean Renoir when Wasserman, then a deputy editor of the LAT's Sunday Opinion section, decided to somehow get in touch with Welles.

Hastings' widow: 'My gut here is...a really tragic accident'

Screen Shot 2013-08-06 at 1.21.38 PM.jpg Elise Jordan spoke to Piers Morgan on CNN about the Hollywood death of journalist Michael Hastings and seems to reject conspiracy theories.

NBC4 and ABC7 lead the way at LA area Emmys

emmys-la-2013-grab.jpg NBC4 at 6 p.m. again was the top daily newscast and David Ono of Channel 7 won three Emmy statuettes. Outstanding news writer: Daisy Lin of Channel 4. Video and link to full list of winners inside.

LA Times assigns reporters to Garcetti, county and 'clout'

Thumbnail image for latimes-building-aerial-tig.jpg LAT puts staffers on the Garcetti beat, the Board of Supervisors, MTA and a new assignment to explore the use of power here and around California.

Former Times editor named chair of PBS SoCal

Robert G. Magnuson, a former top editor at both the LA Times Business section and the paper's former Orange County edition, was elected at a meeting last week at the City Club on Bunker Hill in downtown Los Angeles. The location is relevant.

Steve Chacon, longtime ABC 7 photographer was 58

steve-chacon.jpg The Channel 7 photojournalist popular among his colleagues and the LA press corps died Wednesday about two weeks after suffering a stroke. "Great guy, friendly and fair," Mayor Garcetti said by tweet.

Al Jazeera America names reporters in LA and elsewhere

jennifer-london-occupy-la.jpg The Los Angeles correspondent is Jennifer London, formerly with NBC News, MSNBC and KCET. The network launches Aug. 20. Full list inside.

NPR's Scott Simon tweets his mother's final days

scottsimon-twitter.jpg If you have been following Scott Simon's touching hospital-bed tweets — and it seems that many have been — there is one more you will want to read. You can click it inside.

LAT ties Piolin split to sexual harassment accusations

piolin-promo.jpg Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo's mysterious departure from Spanish-language airwaves last week "came after a writer and performer on his nationally syndicated program accused him of sexual harassment," the LA Times says. Piolin's side says it's a troubled employee making malicious and false claims.

Mike Taugher, water reporter and spokesman was 50

mike-taugher-cct.jpg One of the state's top water journalists until he joined the Brown Administration, Taugher was spokesman for the Department of Fish and Wildlife. He died while snorkeling off Maui.

Sports scribes abuzz with speculation about TJ Simers

simers-howard-grab.jpg Just what the acerbic sports columnist's current status with the LA Times is, no one who knows is saying. But he reportedly has a potentially climactic second meeting with the top editor and an HR rep scheduled for Tuesday.

Boing Boing's Xeni Jardin updates her cancer

Thumbnail image for xeni-jardin-finger.jpg It has been nineteen months since Xeni Jardin, the LA-based journalist who is one of the core editors at Boing Boing, disclosed that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Nice piece today in the LA Weekly on where she is these days.

LA Times shuffles Sacto and DC bureaus a bit

Thumbnail image for latimes-sign-sideview.jpg The Los Angeles Times has made official what we noted back on June 18: Phil Willon has moved from the Riverside bureau to be the interim bureau chief in Sacramento. Plus more moves in Sacto and Washington.

Jacob Soboroff leaves HuffPost Live

jacob-soboroff-huffpost.jpg Soboroff was one of the original hosts for HuffPost Live at the studios in Beverly Hills, and he now becomes the network's third host to leave in two months. He announced yesterday that he will be starting a new gig "in TV land" on Friday, with details to come.

Madeleine Brand joining KCRW for new daily show

Thumbnail image for mbrand-crop.jpg Former KPCC morning host Madeleine Brand will host the first new daily show to be created at KCRW since the launch of "To the Point" in 2001. Email from GM Jennifer Ferro inside.

KUSC will broadcast from the beach on Fridays

kusc-on-the-beach.jpg Rich Capparela won't have to drive downtown anymore for his Friday afternoon show on the classical music station at 91.5 FM. "KUSC at the Beach" will air from a studio in his beach-view condo in Santa Monica.
Pandora_Opens_The_Box.jpg Big story for Celeste Fremon's small volunteer, but respected and aggressive, LA investigative news site.

Morning Buzz: Tuesday 7.23.13

piolin-promo.jpg Piolin dropped by Univision without explanation. Villaraigosa still gets LAPD protection and car. Voters in the Valley elect a new City Council woman. San Diego mayor's ex-spokeswoman adds to complaints against him. Millennium opponents score a point. Scientology hiring investigative reporters. Plus Janette Williams, longtime Star-News staffer, dies.

How ABC and ESPN lured Nate Silver from the New York Times *

nate-silver-no-glasses.jpg Politico has some terrific detail on the year-long negotiations aimed at keeping data analyst-blogger Nate Silver at the New York Times — and on what the Disney-owned ESPN and ABC offered to reel him in. Silver's role at ABC will be more extensive than first reported.
helen-thomas-press-corps-lbj.jpg Thomas, who died today at age 92, was the dean of the White House press corps. In 2007 she spoke with Jacob Soboroff about women's equality and being a trailblazer.

Nate Silver and FiveThirtyEight leaving NYT for ESPN

nate-silver-480.jpg Silver will be a regular on the Keith Olbermann show and contribute to ABC News during political seasons, according to the NYT's Brian Stelter.

Olbermann, Regis getting new sports shows

keith-olbermann-variety.jpg Two former Los Angeles TV guys who went on to national media fame are getting new television shows, but you'll only find them deep on your cable grid.

CBS 2 photog covering Leimert Park: 'It felt dangerous'

garcetti-beck-leimert-befrank.jpg Bryan Frank, who posts pics of the scene last night, regrets not being there when reporter Dave Bryan and photographer Scott Torrens were assaulted. Mayor Garcetti urges peaceful protest tonight.

KNX reporter hit by LAPD beanbag at Trayvon Martin protest*

claudia-p-bruise.jpg Claudia Peschiutta of KNX Newsradio was covering a protest over the George Zimmerman verdict last night on Crenshaw Boulevard when she was hit by a bean bag fired by an LAPD officer. Yes, she tweets, it hurts.

Cynthia Fox out at KLOS after 10 years *

cynthia-fox-ringo-kcet.jpg Fox has been spinning the tunes on FM radio in Los Angeles since the KMET days. She has been cleansed from the KLOS website, apparently.

Arun Rath named host of NPR's newly LA-based weekend show

Arun_Rath_Headshot.jpg Arun Rath has won the derby and will be the host when the NPR newsmagazine "Weekend All Things Considered" starts airing from Culver City in September. Rath is a senior reporter for "Frontline" on PBS and "The World" at WGBH in Boston.

Harry Shearer's 'Le Show' lands on KCSN

Thumbnail image for harry-shearer-thumb.jpg The mostly music radio station at Cal State Northridge, FM 88.5, will be the over-the-air outlet in Los Angeles for "Le Show," Harry Shearer's long-running weekend program.

Jennifer Bjorklund back on NBC 4 air from Prescott (video)

bjorklund-prescott-grab.jpg The former anchor and reporter showed up today on the tough story of the 19 firefighters who died in Arizona. You can almost hear the cheering for her from Channel 4 friends on Facebook.

Elisabeth Coleman, early Jerry Brown press secretary was 68

elisabeth-coleman-calif.jpg Coleman was part of the big sex discrimination lawsuit by women at Newsweek in 1970, then became the newsmagazine's San Francisco correspondent, then the first female press secretary for a California governor.

Neal Conan, 'Talk of the Nation' sign off

neal-conant-last-totn.jpg Conan leaves with a challenge to his NPR colleagues to keep reporting the news: "Tell me what's important. Don't waste my time with stupid stuff."

KPCC adds investigations producer from 'SoCal Connected'

Karen Foshay, a senior producer on the award-winning investigations "SoCal Connected" team at KCET, has been hired at KPCC. Yes, she's moving from TV to public radio — but that's a route that could become more common as KCET abandons the on-air news coverage it was known for.

Read the memo: Ana Garcia out at NBC 4

This just went out in the newsroom at KNBC. "Ana has a lot to be proud of during her time here at NBC4. We wish her the very best in her future endeavors." The six-time Emmy winner was nominated last week for two more.
so-cal-connected-honors.jpg The LA Press Club held its annual awards shindig on Sunday night. The local journalists of the year honors are the ones that the media types seem to care about most. Here are those, with comments from the Press Club judges, plus a link to winners and finalists.

Malibu Surfside News suspends publication after 37 years

malibu-beach-scene-vdt.jpg Anne Soble, the weekly's owner, publisher and editor, has developed serious health problems. Her son posted a note saying she cannot continue and asked if someone would like to take over the paper, a fixture on the Malibu coast.

NBC 4, KMEX, 'SoCal Connected' rack up Emmy nominations

Thumbnail image for kcet-rehearsal-control.jpg Here is a list of all 136 nominations for Los Angeles area Emmy awards. Channel 4 received the most. It's interesting to see how the categories are framed and what gets rewarded.

David Davis' search for a baseball and more

davis-gibson-grab.jpg Our favorite Los Angeles writer about sports has a poignant story up at SBNation -- "a lovely, lovely piece," says a friend via email -- that on the surface is about the missing home run ball off the bat of Kirk Gibson that famously won a big game the last time the Dodgers were in the World Series. But like the best sports stories, it's really about life.

Whoa: Ray Richmond has a heck of a story about his mom

cliftons-brookdale-facade.jpg The longtime LA scribe writes at the LA Weekly today about his mother's affair with Clifford Clinton, the reform-era City Hall rabble rouser who ran the popular Clifton cafeteria chain. They met when Clinton patronized Mrs. Richmond's shop across Pico Boulevard from the Fox studio where men would show up seeking, and receiving, certain paid services.

LA News Group gets new president and publisher

ron-hasse-lang.jpg Ron Hasse had been senior vice president of business operations. He replaces Jack Klunder, whose whereabouts go unexplained in the memo or the news story.

Ex-LAT editor Sallie Hofmeister signs on with Sitrick

sallie-hofmeister-sitrick.jpg Hofmeister is the latest former entertainment editor and reporter at the Los Angeles Times to try her hand at crisis PR with Sitrick And Company. She was at the LAT for 17 years, first as a business reporter covering media and Hollywood. She later became editor of the Business section, then the assistant managing editor overseeing coverage of entertainment.

Michael Hastings, 33, journalist dies in LA crash

michael-hastings-rs.jpg "We are shocked and devastated by the news that Michael Hastings is gone," says Ben Smith, the editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed. "Michael was a great, fearless journalist with an incredible instinct for the story, and a gift for finding ways to make his readers care about anything he covered from wars to politicians."

Deadline adds Lisa De Moraes, formerly of the Washington Post

Nikki Finke certainly doesn't sound fired. Today she announced the hiring of new television columnist Lisa De Moraes, who spent about 15 years covering TV at the Washington Post.

Fishbowl LA going dark after all these years

fbla-icon.png Mediabistro is calling it a hiatus but says that "within the next few weeks, all existing FishbowlLA content will be folded into the FishbowlNY archives." Current editor Richard Horgan will move over to FishbowlNY "to cover the Hollywood trades, awards season and a broad range of national media stories."

JJ Yore leaving 'Marketplace,' show he helped start *

jjyore-mpr.jpg JJ Yore was a journalist on the creative team that created Marketplace in 1988, and was the executive producer until moving upstairs to VP/General Manager in 2011. Today the word got out in the Downtown Los Angeles offices that Yore will be leaving.

Chopper pilot Bob Tur says he is becoming a woman

bob-tur-cbs.jpg Bob Tur is one of the city's most recognized news helicopter pilot-reporters, from his coverage of the 2002 riots and the O.J. Simpson slow-speed chase. He told KNX NewsRadio that he is in the early stages of aggressive hormone replacement therapy to fully transform from male to female.
Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for latimes-building-from-above.jpg In February of 2011 — yes, 2011 — the LA Times won $35,000 along with the Selden Ring Award at USC. When one of the reporters began asking where's the cash, he got the run around. As of today, the final plans for the prize money remain less than transparent.

Helen Brush Jenkins, early LA news photographer was 94

helenbrushjenkins-rense.jpg Helen Brush Jenkins shot photos for the original Los Angeles Daily News, the long-defunct newspaper whose memory the LA journalist Rip Rense has carefully kept alive. He advises that Jenkins died today in Chicago. More inside.

NYT's Carr on Finke and Waxman

Thumbnail image for hollywood-sign-oh-vdt.jpg David Carr emailed Nikki Finke, took 15 minutes of verbal abuse, then tried to get to the truth of her future with Deadline. Last week's story in The Wrap, says Carr, "did not turn out to be true. [Sharon] Waxman, perhaps driven by wish fulfillment, wrote beyond the facts at hand." Waxman disagrees.

An earlier generation of TV news in Los Angeles

lahti-eye-on-la.jpg Dennis Lahti, a cameraman-editor for KNBC, posted this photo of his father, Richard Lahti, loaded up for "2 On The Town" on Channel 2: "We now do it with a camera, laptop/non-linear editing software, and a video-over-cellular live video transmission backpack."

Read the memo: new LA Times national editor

Los Angeles Times national editor Roger Smith is retiring and will be replaced by Kim Murphy, currently the paper's Seattle bureau chief.

Finke won't discuss status, disses Waxman *

finke-deadline-graphic.jpg Finke posts a response in which she neither confirms nor denies that she has been "fired" from her own Deadline Hollywood by owner Jay Penske, as Sharon Waxman reported Sunday at The Wrap. "I am not going to discuss my Deadline Hollywood contract or my relationship with my boss Jay Penske," says Finke. "Why? Because I don’t have to."
hollywood-sign-oh-vdt.jpg The Wrap reports that Jay Penske has fired Finke. Penske's flack says it's not true. But the truth is less black and white...there is a contract negotiation involved...and Finke has reportedly been telling people she is looking to get out.

Beth Sestanovich resigns as LA Weekly publisher

Sestanovich announced to the LA Weekly staff that she will leave after assisting in the transition. Sounds as if Bob Dea, the associate publisher, is getting more responsibility. Here is the email.

Student paper dispute, round 3: Taranto disputes the facts

csun-matador.jpg James Taranto, the editor of OpinionJournal, does not agree with the version of his suspension from the Daily Sundial 20+ years ago offered by the former publisher.

Madeleine Brand guest-hosts 'Which Way, LA'

brandcrop.jpg Radio chairs: Brand sits in for Warren Olney for the second time in a week, while Tess Vigeland is doing more for KPCC.

Don Oliver, NBC correspondent was 76

don-oliver-grab.jpg Don Oliver covered the Vietnam War, the civil rights era and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King before coming to the NBC bureau in Burbank. He was with the network for 25 years. Video inside: Brian Williams pays tribute.
cynthia-rawitch-sundial.jpg Back in the 1980s, James Taranto — today the editor of at the Wall Street Journal — was a news editor at the Daily Sundial, the student newspaper at Cal State University Northridge. He was a conservative even then and published a cartoon about affirmative action that led to his suspension. Two decades and 7,300 words later, the two sides still disagree.

Lee Melville, founding editor of LA Stage Times, dies at 74

Lee-Melville-lastagetimes.jpg "Melville was the most extraordinary advocate Los Angeles theater has known," says the CEO of LA Stage Alliance.

Ink for Internet talk station Radio Titans

radio-titans-star-news.jpg Radio Titans is an Internet outlet for podcasts that was started by Carl Kozlowski (arts writer for the Pasadena Weekly), Jake Belcher and Brant Thoman. They do Grand Theft Audio ten hours a week and other shows that have guests including Richard Linklater and Burt Bacharach.

What a PBS station in New York did to placate David Koch

david-koch.jpg Before airing a documentary about the Park Avenue building where Koch and a lot of other rich people live, the president of WNET gave the mogul a call and offered to water things down. It didn't help: Koch still resigned from the station's board.

Anne Knudsen, Herald Examiner photographer dies

Anne Knudsen, one of the Herald photogs to come out of the Cal State Long Beach photojournalism program, quipped at the reunion we covered in March about being in chemotherapy — she was bald at the time. Now comes word that Knudsen died on Sunday, leaving a teenaged daughter.

LA Weekly's people issue: Janice Min and more

janice-min-laweekly-scanlon.jpg The annual people issue of LA Weekly hits the stands this week and is already on the web. The selection of interesting Angelenos this time includes Janice Min of the Hollywood Reporter.

LAT's Matea Gold jumps to the Washington Post

matea-gold-twitter.jpg Gold will cover the money and politics beat for the WashPost. Before she started covering national politics and government, Gold covered the 2001 and 2005 races for mayor of Los Angeles between Antonio Villaraigosa and James Hahn and the City Hall beat.

LA Times reporter discusses her preventive mastectomy

With today's news about Angelina Jolie, Los Angeles Times reporter Anna Gorman revisits on the Times website her 2007 surgery.

Rupert Murdoch buys Bel-Air vineyard and estate

moraga-vineyard.jpg The media mogul and possible buyer of the LA Times announced via Twitter that he has bought the Moraga estate on the Bel-Air ridge that faces across the 405 freeway at the Getty Center. Check out his tweet.

Fire is a river that runs uphill

camarillo-fire-alcorn-reuters.jpg Since it looks as if the SoCal fire season is going to be long and mean, scientist-blogger Grace Peng offers a primer on the physics of flames and wind here. Plus: Reuters photographer Jonathan Alcorn on an eerie night at the Camarillo Springs fire.

Mario Machado, newscaster and voice of soccer was 78

mario-machado2.jpg Mario Machado was a familiar presence on Los Angeles TV and radio for a few decades starting in 1967, when he joined Channel 9 (then KHJ-TV) as the city's first Chinese-American TV news reporter. He was a soccer booster in LA before the sport was cool and a founder of AYSO. Girls play soccer today because of Mario Machado, a friend posted on Facebook.

Breeze reporter on '48 Hours' this weekend

larry-altman-cbs-grab.jpg Larry Altman, who covers crime for the South Bay Daily Breeze, contributes to a piece on CBS' "48 Hours: Over the Edge" airing on Saturday night. The story is about the case of Dawn Viens, who disappeared in 2009 from her Lomita home.

David Sedaris sings the Oscar Mayer song - as Billie Holiday

billie-holiday-thumb.jpg "This American Life" last weekend re-aired a classic episode from 1998 in which David Sedaris sings the Oscar Mayer advertising ditty in his best Billie Holiday voice. Luckily, someone has harvested just that 0:51 fragment and put it on YouTube. Listen inside.

New director at USC Annenberg changes his mind *

fosterDouglas.jpg Last Friday, Northwestern University journalism professor Douglas Foster accepted USC's offer to head up the journalism program here. On Sunday, he withdrew. Foster so far has had no public comment on the change of heart, or whatever it was.

Dennis McCarthy column returns to Daily News (and more)

Thumbnail image for dennis+mccartthy+DN.jpg He will contribute one of his human interest columns a week to all of the LA News Group papers. McCarthy retired in January 2012 after 30 years in the DN.

Lu Parker hits the banked track

lu-parker-derby-twitpic.jpg KTLA reporter Lu Parker is doing some time on skates with the Derby Dolls for a piece on Thursday night's 10 p.m. news on Channel 5. "I try to conquer the track," she tweets.

The Wrap loses its publisher to rival Finke and Penske

Stacey-Farish-crop.jpg Stacey Farish, publisher of The Wrap since November of 2011, has jumped to Deadline's print magazine, Awardsline. She also becomes vice president of PMC Entertainment. Score one for Nikki Finke.

All's not well in the New York Times newsroom

abramson-nyt.jpg Dean Baquet, the former editor of the LA Times who is now #2 at the NYT, is at the center of a story about criticism of the leadership of executive editor Jill Abramson. "Just a year and a half into her tenure...Abramson is already on the verge of losing the support of the newsroom," says Politico.

Marcus on KCET: 'I feel like I had a great run there'

bret-marcus-current.jpg Marcus was KCET’s chief content officer and executive producer of "SoCal Connected" until last week's layoffs. He hints that the award-winning 'Connected' team hopes to stay together somewhere else.

William Wilson, art critic was 78

Wilson was a Los Angeles Times art critic from 1965 until he retired in 1998, and the chief critic for 20 of those years.

Don Barrett takes over as Register's radio columnist

don-barrett-register.jpg Barrett is the longtime Southern California radio hand and author who has chronicled the trends and comings and goings in local radio at for 16 years. The Orange County Register approached him to take over for Gary Lycan.

Noel Greenwood, retired senior editor at LA Times was 75 *

Noel Greenwood was the editor in charge of local and California coverage at the Los Angeles Times during the 1980s and some of the '90s, I believe. He hired scores if not hundreds of the journalists who passed through the Times and went on to populate newsrooms around the world. Greenwood died today at his home in Santa Barbara of prostate cancer complications.

SoCal Connected's Marcus among those out at KCET, reports say

Thumbnail image for kcet-web-staff.jpg Last month, Marcus was the main voice at KCET insisting that "SoCal Connected" was just between seasons and might be back. It looked remote then, given the station's financial mess, and looks even more remote now.

KCET lays off about 22 staffers, announces reorganization

Thumbnail image for kcet-rehearsal-control.jpg The merger last fall of Los Angeles public television station KCET with Link Media became more real on Friday. CEO Al Jerome, who took KCET out of PBS a few years ago, appears to remain.
boston-mourners-wapo-crop.jpg Vernon Loeb, the former investigations editor at the Los Angeles Times, has run marathons (61 of them) and covered the horrors of terrorism. But never on the same day until Monday.

Harry Shearer doesn't sound happy about KCRW *

harry-shearer-thumb.jpg Shearer, the actor and multi-platform talent (and ex-reporter for Newsweek) whose weekly "Le Show" started on KCRW in 1983, has posted his version of how he learned the show was dropped this week from the station's Sunday lineup.

Harry Shearer's 'Le Show' also leaves KCRW air

Thumbnail image for kcrw-icon-sohohouse.jpg KCRW announces a big revamp of the weekend schedule that drops 'Le Show' and 'Weekend All Things Considered,' adds the 'TED Radio Hour' and shifts some of the music shows. Harry Shearer, on KCRW since 1983, broke the news on Twitter this morning: "Any radio station in LA want to carry Le Show?" He will still be online.

Tom Schnabel goes off the air at KCRW, moves to web

schnabel-rhythm-planet.jpg After producing shows for KCRW for 34 years, including 20 years with a show on Sundays, Tom Schnabel announced that Sunday was his final live program on the air. He is moving to an on-line platform that KCRW is calling Rhythm Planet. He explains inside.

Morning Buzz: Monday 4.15.13

bjorklund-lloyd.jpg Big money in the school board race. Porn filming all but stopped. Villaraigosa's legacy. Jenna Marbles. The new meningitis threat. Plus Campaign 2013, media and books notes including a local media wedding covered by the New York Times.

Gary Lycan, radio columnist was 68

gary-lycan-fh.jpg The Orange County Register's longtime radio writer, Gary Lycan, died in his sleep on Tuesday, the paper reported this afternoon. Lycan had prostate cancer in recent years. His friend and collaborator Manny Pacheco posts a nice tribute: "the most difficult blog story I have ever written..."
alex-renteria.jpg Kate Linthicum, one of the City Hall reporters for the Los Angeles Times, had written about Alex Renteria two years ago for a feature on the opening of the building's newly opened Homeboy Diner. In Monday's paper she writes about Renteria again, this time as someone she had come to know and who became the subject of a tragic news story.

WSJ bureau in Los Angeles changes up music beat, and promotes

ethan-smith-wsj.png Erica Phillips moves up to full-fledged general news and politics reporter after most of a year as officially temporary. And Hannah Karp moves over from GA to cover the music beat.
gary-cohn-fpn.jpg Gary Cohn, formerly of the LA Times, will write an investigative column. Plus: Variety falls for April Fools prank, LAT president promoted, Koch brothers and the LAT, Ellie nominations for Los Angeles and remembering the LA Examiner. Plus more.

More changes at The Wrap: Lisa Fung departs, Sneider in *

lisa-fung-wrap.jpg Executive editor Lisa Fung is the second former Los Angeles Times hand to leave the editing ranks of The Wrap in the past month. Also, Jeff Sneider of Variety re-joins The Wrap as a film reporter.

Morning Buzz: Monday media notes

oc-register.jpg Took the weekend off and have a whole bunch of media items to catch up on. Remember, this is a slow posting travel week for me.

Al Martinez pens final column for changing Daily News

al_martinez-mug.jpg Between the Daily News and the LA Times, Martinez has written columns about Los Angeles for almost three decades. Last the year the Huntington mounted an exhibition of his collected work. Meanwhile, LANG is slapping the Daily News name on all of its papers.

Dan Turner, LA Times editorial writer was 49

Dan Turner was a member of the Los Angeles Times editorial board who wrote on a wide range of topics. He died Saturday at home in Los Angeles of pancreatic cancer that was diagnosed about two years ago. He had continued to write editorials and blog items for the Times' opinion section until taking a leave of absence only about a week ago.

Goodreads acquired by Amazon, perhaps for close to $1 billion

goodreads-couple.png Barely a year after founder Otis Y. Chandler hailed Goodreads' "independence" from Amazon's technology by saying "we will celebrate January 30th for years to come!," Chandler has announced that his startup is "joining the Amazon family." Goodreads will continue but there will be more integration with the Kindle. Reaction around the book blogosphere is initially skeptical.

Michaela Pereira leaving KTLA mornings for CNN

michaela-pereira-ktla-2013.jpg KTLA 5 Morning News co-host Michaela Pereira is leaving the station at the end of May, after nine years, to join CNN in New York, the station announced. No replacement has been named.

Reports: 'SoCal Connected' won't be back on KCET

kcet-control-room.jpg It sounds as if Thursday night's episode of "SoCal Connected" on financially strapped KCET might be more than the final show of the fifth season. Co-host Madeleine Brand posted on Facebook that Wednesday's taping day was the show's last one. "A loss for good journalism in L.A.," she writes. We agree.

OC Register adds a Washington bureau now

oc-register.jpg The jury is very much out on whether all this new investment at the Register is sustainable. But for now, the happy times continue. Owner Aaron Kushner will be on 'SoCal Connected' on Friday.

LA Times adds a California (on-line) columnist

robin-abcarian-pinterest.jpg The LAT is moving politics reporter Robin Abcarian over to be an online California columnist. Editor Davan Maharaj says, "Some of Robin’s columns will appear in print, but her primary mission is driving the digital conversation."

Dodgers staff gets T.J. Simers to the ER during mini-stroke

Thumbnail image for falsone-on-kemp-53112.jpg LA Times sports columnist T.J. Simers was in his hotel room at baseball spring training in Arizona last week when he started showing the signs of a transient ischemic attack. Dodgers head trainer Sue Falsone listened to the symptom then sent trainer Aaron Schumacher to get the cranky sportswriter to the emergency room.

Variety adds Scott Foundas as chief film critic

scott-foundas-variety.jpg The last daily issue of Variety hits mailboxes Tuesday — be sure and grab a copy to save if you are into that. For the next generation Variety, the news today is that Scott Foundas joins the trade as chief film critic. He will stay in New York.

Pakistan arrests suspect in Daniel Pearl's murder

daniel-pearl-close.jpg Pakistani officials said today they have captured Qari Abdul Hayee, a terrorist leader who has been linked to the 2002 killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Hayee was taken into custody Sunday in Karachi by the Pakistani Rangers, a paramilitary unit, ABC News reports.

New managing editor named at Fox 11

fox-sign-sepulveda.jpg Ramona Schindelheim, a former producer for the 10 p.m. news on Channel 11 in Los Angeles, is returning to KTTV later this month. She will be the managing editor, after stints as executive producer for CNBC's "Business Day," senior producer for "The Jane Pauley Show" and business editor at ABC News.

Here's the upside of sending LA crews to Rome

lopez-rome-befrank.jpg Bryan Frank, the photographer for the CBS 2/KCAL 9 duopoly, has been posting some really nice behind-the-scenes images — as well as some food, coffee and street life shots that make me wish I was back in Rome.

Report: Eli Broad joining Beutner bid for LA Times

eli-broad-on-mic.jpg Billionaire investor and philanthropist Eli Broad is joining in financier Austin Beutner's proposal to buy the Los Angeles Times and run the newspaper as a non-profit, the Hollywood Reporter says tonight based on sources.

Koch brothers may be preparing to bid for LA Times*

latimes-from-broadway.jpg "Unverified rumors that should be taken with a grain of salt if not a whole dollop," says the LA Weekly. But still worth reporting. The Hollywood Reporter claims to have more.

Rome is redundantly covered by LA anchors and reporters*

david-ono-rome-grab.jpg Los Angeles TV stations generally won't do Sacramento news (ABC 7 is the exception), but most sent their own people to Rome to cover the selection of the new pope — even though it is already one of the world's most adequately covered news events. Here's who is there.

Jacob Bernstein on mother Nora Ephron's final weeks

Nora-Ephron-New-Book.jpg When the writer Nora Ephron died last June of acute myeloid leukemia, a disease she had been fighting for years, many in the media and literary worlds were surprised. She had not made her illness a big part of her public life.

New deputy at The Wrap used to be harsh critic of the site *

joseph_kapsch.jpg Fifteen months ago, the new deputy managing editor of The Wrap dismissed the site as "a small blog" filled with "opinion, agenda and fantasy" and "hardly a beacon of journalistic excellence." Editor Sharon Waxman was similarly dissed. All is forgiven, apparently.

18 more slaughtered in Mexico, including an editor

el-universal-grab.jpg In Chihuahua, the state that borders Texas and New Mexico, gunmen on Sunday murdered Jaime Guadalupe González, the editor of Ojinaga Noticias, an online newspaper. The site posted a notice that it has suspended publication.

John Brooks retiring after 34 years at KNX-KFWB

john-brooks-fb.jpg Another long-time Los Angeles broadcast presence is leaving the airwaves. I'm told Brooks will be retiring on March 15.

Santa Barbara anchor's issue was medical, family says

I only report this to finish the thought from earlier in the week. Paula Lopez, the news anchor at KEYT in Santa Barbara who was reported missing for several hours on Wednesday, was "experiencing a medical condition" that day, her family said in a statement.

Photo: John North's last presser?

north-last-day-shallman.jpg Channel 7 political reporter John North talks with John Shallman, senior strategist for the Wendy Greuel campaign, at Greuel's Van Nuys headquarters on Thursday. North is scheduled to retire from ABC 7 on Friday after 34 years.

Missing Santa Barbara anchor with LA ties back home*

paula-lopez-sb.jpg Paula Lopez, who was a staffer at KCAL 9 in Los Angeles for six years, co-anchors the 11 p.m. news on KEYT in Santa Barbara. She was reported missing this morning to the Santa Barbara County sheriff's department.

Finke quietly drops her claim that the boss 'lied to me'

deadline-hwd-bug.jpg Nikki Finke's post this morning at Deadline on the changes at Variety almost dripped ice water, especially when she flat-out accused the boss she shares with Variety, Jay Penske, of lying to her. Never mind: sometime during the day, the phrase "Penske lied to me" disappeared.

Claudia Eller: Leaving LAT 'most difficult decision' *

claudia_eller-variety.jpg Nice farewell note to the Los Angeles Times newsroom from Claudia Eller, the entertainment news editor and veteran of the Hollywood scoop wars who was announced today as one of three new co-editors who will run Variety. She opens with praise for her current editor, John Corrigan, and confirms the Times counter-offered.

John North retiring from ABC 7

john-north-abc7.jpg Channel 7's long-time political reporter, John North, is retiring at the end of this week. The newsroom in Glendale got a memo announcing North's departure from news director Cheryl Fair.

Variety drops daily paper and pay wall, names 3 co-editors *

variety-sign-300.jpg The other shoe fell today in the evolution of Hollywood trade Variety under new owner Jay Penske. One of the new co-editors is Claudia Eller, a 20-year veteran of movie coverage at the LA Times. Nikki Finke says Penske lied to her.

Al Naipo moving on from Fox 11

al-naipo-fox11.jpeg It's transition time at some of the local TV stations, if the drumbeats I'm hearing are accurate. One transition that's for sure is that of Al Naipo, the Orange County bureau chief for Fox 11. His classy farewell note went out to the Bundy Drive newsroom tonight.

Bunch of moves at the LA Daily Journal

The bunch includes a new editor in San Francisco for the legal newspaper, which is based in downtown Los Angeles. There's a also a shift on the entertainment law beat, plus more. Memo from editor David Houston inside.

New science writer for LA Times *

It's an internal hire: Geoff Mohan, who has recently been the editor for state bureaus and the immigration beat. He was previously the paper's environment editor, among other jobs. Memo to the newsroom inside.

Mark Saylor, PR executive and ex-journalist was 58

Saylor started his own public relations firm in 2007 after leaving Sitrick & Co., and before that was entertainment editor for the LA Times Business section. He oversaw the Pulitzer-winning stories on the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, radio payola and luxury detox by reporters Chuck Philips and Michael Hiltzik.

Herald Examiner photographers to reunite at library

her-ex-pic-lapl.jpg Former Los Angeles Herald Examiner photographers Paul Chinn, Anne Knudsen, Javier Mendoza, Mike Mullen, Jim Ober, and Jim Ruebsamen will chat March 9 at Central Library with Dean Musgrove, now photo editor of the Daily News.

Science writer David Perlman still working at 94

He had 111 stories in the San Francisco Chronicle last year. Born before the discovery of penicillin or Pluto, he tells the LA Times: "I'm doing exactly what I wanted to do all my life, be a reporter."

Jimmy Kimmel's 11 best movies I never saw

kimmel-daily-beast.jpg Of "Fight Club," Kimmel writes for the Daily Beast that "I’m sure this is a great movie, but it seems like a lot of the people who really, really love it are dickheads." Same for the Terminator franchise.

Here's why journos should keep old memos from the boss

bill-thomas-letter.jpg A memorabilia dealer on Amazon is offering for sale a thank you note signed by LA Times editor William F. Thomas, who retired 23 years ago. Price: about $37. Tip: You can get it cheaper on eBay.

Kate Linthicum of the LAT's other life (video)

basement+babies++photo+by+A+Dol.jpg Los Angeles Times City Hall reporter Kate Linthicum has been deep into coverage of the race for mayor et al for months. She also finds time to pursue her after-hours gig as the vocalist and keyboard player for Basement Babies, a band that looks to be based around Echo Park, where she lives.

New Tribune CEO is no Sam Zell

peter-liguori.jpg When he was the top guy at a media company, Sam Zell liked to hurl the f-word at his damnable journalists. The latest CEO of Tribune Company, Peter Liguori, appears to have more respect for his employees. His email today after a month on the job is full of praise for, you know, stories. Read the memo inside.

Angel wings and Gary Leonard *

gary-leonard-angels-rabe.png Photographer Gary Leonard took pictures this weekend of anyone who wanted to stand in front of angel wings painted by Colette Miller on the security shutters of the Regent Theatre downtown. John Rabe of KPCC went to observe — and pose — and reports back. Inside: Eric Garcetti gets wings.
jerry-roberts-sbi.jpg Jerry Roberts was the editor of the Santa Barbara News-Press who stood up to the news outrages of owner Wendy McCaw. He's giving $150,000 to a Santa Barbara news startup, SPJ and EFF.

KPCC's John Rabe makes the Weekly's Couples Issue

bermudez-rabe-law.jpg John Rabe, the host of "Off-Ramp" on KPCC, and his husband Julian Bermudez are one of the six featured couples in the current issue of LA Weekly. Also included are Michael Ritchie and Kate Burton, "the first couple of L.A. theatre."

Beck calls on Dorner to surrender, says will re-look at grievances

pat-harvey-grab.jpg LAPD Chief Charlie Beck called in CBS2 anchor Pat Harvey for an exclusive interview today in which Beck said he would take a look at some of the allegations of racism made by disgraced ex-cop Christopher Dorner. Beck told Harvey that his motive in re-opening the case that led to Dorner's firing was to keep the department's trust among African-Americans. "I'm not doing this to appease Dorner," Beck said.

Roger L. Simon steps down as CEO of his creation

roger-simon-grab.jpg Roger L. Simon was a novelist and screenwriter who went through a very public political conversion from left to right in the early 2000s. His blog hammering on the left turned into Pajamas Media and now into a conservative website and video outlet called PJ Media.

Michael Parrish, LA journalist

michael-parrish-niger-river.jpg Michael Parrish was a longtime presence on the magazine journalism scene in Los Angeles as an editor and writer. He was founding editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine, a contributor to Playboy, New West, California and other magazines, and a lecturer at USC Annenberg. He died today in the LA area, according to friends.

Program director Craig Curtis leaves KPCC

craig-curtis-kpcc.jpg Two memos have nice words for Curtis, but there's no mention of him going on to anything else. KPCC had all the upheaval last year over the hiring of new morning host A Martinez and the subsequent departure of Madeleine Brand, whose morning show without Martinez was KPCC's most listened-to local program. Then last month the staff voted to unionize the newsroom with SAG/Aftra.

Daily News loses Kerry Cavanaugh to KCRW

kerry-cavanaugh-dn.jpg Assistant city editor Kerry Cavanaugh is leaving the Daily News to be a producer on "Which Way, LA?" and "To the Point." Here's the note from City Editor Harrison Sheppard that is going around the Woodland Hills newsroom.

LA Times editor does A-1 story on his White House flakkery

barney-bush-sharon-wh.jpg Just count the ways in which you could not imagine this story taking up high-profile space on the front page of the NYT or WSJ, or in earlier eras of the Los Angeles Times. Jimmy Orr, the LAT's managing editor for digital, writes a 1,500-word first-person story talking about an episode from his previous life as a press spokesman for the George W. Bush White House — when he came up with the idea for a webcam featuring the Bush dog Barney.

Sentinel solicits donations for managing editor's care

yussuf-simmonds-thumb.jpg Yussuf J. Simmonds is recuperating from a stroke suffered in December while he was in Washington, D.C. "People who want to support Simmond’s convalescence can send contributions to the Los Angeles Sentinel," says the paper.

Tracy Manzer leaves Long Beach police beat behind

tracy-manzer-pt.jpg Sounds as if the Press-Telegram newsroom is in a bit of mourning this week. Tracy Manzer is leaving their midst after 18 years to move to Washington with her husband, the press secretary for new congressman Alan Lowenthal.

How LA Times coverage of Archdiocese documents came together

latentrance.jpg The two top editors of the Los Angeles Times sent the staff a memo on Friday afternoon giving kudos to the team that scurried late Thursday to cover the late-breaking release of sexual abuse files by the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Reporter Harriet Ryan is their star of story.

Friday media notes

Local and national layoffs, shifts in the morning radio lineup and more.

Register's 'Aaron Quixote' and his curious quest

aaron-quixote.jpg Longtime Orange County Register editor Chris Smith tries to make sense of the Aaron Kushner phenomenon that is making over the OC newspaper and giving hope to unemployed journalists across the LA area. Smith writes in the new issue of Orange Coast magazine.

LAT adds to 'Company Town' staff

DanielMiller.jpg The LA Times hires Daniel Miller from the Hollywood Reporter, per today's memo to the staff from the assistant managing editor for entertainment coverage.

Editor reevaluates downtown after getting mugged

arts-district-dtla-lao.jpg Dan Evans, the editor of the Times Community News papers, moved downtown from the Burbank area about six months ago to try living in the Arts District. Sounds like he mostly liked it until last Sunday night, when he was mugged about midnight near Sci-Arc. Now he caries a socket wrench.

LANG publisher donates $750 to Kevin James

Jack Klunder, the president of the Los Angeles News Group and publisher of most if not all of the chain's newspapers, is not a voter in the city of Los Angeles. But he has given $750 to mayoral candidate Kevin James, in three separate contributions since 2011, and also reportedly provided him with tickets to Lakers, Dodgers and Kings games.

Jane Glenn Haas, OC journalist was 75

jane-haas-ocr.jpg Haas was a reporter and columnist at the Orange County Register for more than 20 years, a publicist for the Irvine Company, a book reviewer for Orange Coast magazine and a nationally syndicated columnist on aging and women's issues — and more.

Facing 50, LA editor decides to work out

amy-wallace-kick-segal.jpg Amy Wallace, an editor at Los Angeles magazine, is going to get ready for her birthday party by living a life that many fantasize about: working out every day just like it was a job. She wants to walk into the party "a taut, 140-pound warrior-goddess."

Golden Mikes for NBC 4, KPCC, Steve Edwards

rtna-logo-crop.jpg Channel 4 won two Golden Mike awards last night for best TV newscast, and AM radio stations KNX and KFI won for the best radio newscasts. KPCC-FM won the most awards overall, ten Golden Mikes in a variety of categories. Steve Edwards, the longtime host of "Good Day LA" on Fox 11, picked up the lifetime achievement award from the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California.

KPCC newsroom votes to unionize over top talents' objection

kpcc-logo-2013.jpg After months of campaigning, the KPCC newsroom staff voted 35 to 26 to join SAG-AFTRA. Hosts Larry Mantle and John Rabe were among the senior talent who argued against the union.

Lu Parker flies with Peter Pan (video)

The Pantages has put up a Channel 5 story on reporter Lu Parker getting harnessed up to fly like Cathy Rigby does in the upcoming production of Peter Pan.

New CEO named at Tribune, old publisher at Times

latentrance.jpg As expected, the new board of Tribune today named Peter Liguori as chief executive officer. The company's press release is warm towards the previous CEO, Eddy Hartenstein, who goes back to being just publisher of the Los Angeles Times and head of the paper's media group. Here are the company-wide (and newsroom) memos from Liguori and Hartenstein, and the press release.

Rick Reilly now knows he was Armstrong's chump

Sports writers, of course, aren't the only journalists who claim to know that their favorite sources and heroes are honest and, above all, wouldn't lie to them. The big sports stories of this week serve as painful reminders that the media are all too willing to build up people they know know little about for the sake of the story — and it's only getting worse as more web "content producers" get rewarded for eyeballs and going viral but not for, you know, being right. Today it's Rick Reilly's turn to admit that when he was defending Lance Armstrong through the years, he didn't actually know bupkus.

BuzzFeed bureau adds Adam Vary to cover film

hollywood-sign-oh-vdt.jpg The Los Angeles bureau of BuzzFeed continues to ramp up. Today Richard Rushfield et al are announcing the hire of Adam Vary as senior film reporter. He comes from the...

Huell Howser's death certificate cites metastatic prostate cancer

The Riverside County death certificate for Huell Howser says that the television host and producer died early on the morning of January 7 from metastatic prostate cancer. Howser was cremated and his remains scattered off the coast of Los Angeles County on Jan. 9.

"The Simpsons" honor Huell Howser

huell-simpsons.jpg This ran on this week's episode of "The Simpson's." Hat tip to KCET on Facebook. There is a sunset memorial to Howser scheduled this afternoon at Griffith Observatory.

Sandi Gibbons retiring from DA's office

Sandi-Gibbons.jpg Gibbons, a public information officer for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office for 24 years, announced today she will be retiring on March 31. She was a former courthouse reporter.

Lalo Alcaraz cartoon slips into '60 Minutes'

liljudglopez.jpg When Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor was interviewed on Sunday night's "60 Minutes," a finely tuned eye could have spotted a cartoon by LA's Lalo Alcaraz hanging on her office wall. He gives some backstory.

SPJ chapter discovers 'unauthorized withdrawals' from bank

SPJ-LA-logo.jpg The board of the local Society of Professional Journalists chapter announced after a special weekend meeting that "information had surfaced showing unauthorized withdrawals had been made from the chapter’s checking account." Sarah Baisley, the chapter’s treasurer for many years, was "removed from her position."

NYT observes Huell, Kobe, Glorya Kaufman

huell-rabe.jpg Big weekend for Angelenos in the New York Times, including an obituary of Huell Howser. Plus: Kobe and Vanessa back together.

Huell Howser memorial plans, and back home with Minnie Pearl

huell-minnie-pearl.jpg Councilman Tom LaBonge, a friend of the public TV icon Huell Howser, said today he will join friends and fans for a public memorial at sunset on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at Griffith Observatory. Also: video of Huell in Tennessee as you may never have seen him.

Producer Phil Noyes and photog Luis Fuerte talk about Huell

luis-fuerte-grab-kcet.jpg KCET has posted some great tributes to Huell Howser, including video of the longtime production team and the station's three-minute obituary from Monday night's "SoCal Connected." Also: Kevin Roderick and John Rabe with Jacob Soboroff on HuffPost Live.

Huell Howser, California TV icon was 67 *

huell-lamag.jpg Gustavo Arellano at the OC Weekly reported late this morning that California television icon Huell Howser has died. Arellano based his story on sources who spoke on condition of anonymity. A few minutes later, KPCC "Off-Ramp" host John Rabe tweeted that Howser's assistant confirmed that he died last night at home.
helen-hunt-sessions.jpg Times columnist Bill Plaschke made a guest appearance yesterday on "Petros and Money," the talk show on Fox Sports Radio. His opening four-minute admiration of naked actresses, hotel room porn and especially the nudity of Helen Hunt in "The Sessions" has got the sports media chattering. Deadspin files the story under its "Gross" category and includes the audio.

Photog hit by car, killed after snapping Bieber's Ferrari *

lapd-car-paparazzo.jpg A celebrity photographer said to be working "exclusively on Justin Bieber" had finished taking pictures of a CHP stop involving Bieber's car when he was struck Tuesday evening while crossing Sepulveda Boulevard near Getty Center Drive. The driver stopped to help and no arrest is foreseen. More inside.

Ten stories I missed during the holiday avoidance

laura-galloway-cnn.jpg These are stories, news or other items that I mentally noted and should have posted about during the last two weeks. Or I overlooked them completely until now. I was trying to spend a little less time tapping on keys.

Year-end obits: Catherine O'Neill, Mark Hundahl, Lee Dorman

catherine-oneill.jpg I'm catching up on some locally prominent deaths I've missed during the holiday slowdown. Video inside: 17 minutes of "In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida."

When Jonathan Gold chose food over the Foreign Service

oki-dog-counter.JPG This weekend's year-end edition of "This American Life" reprises a 1998 segment in which Jonathan Gold explains his year exploring the food offerings of West Pico Boulevard. Then everything changed. Listen inside.

LANG names key editor for photography and visual journalism

The year-end memo from Michael Anastasi, vice president and executive editor of the Los Angeles News Group, announces the promotion of senior editor Kim Guimarin and suggests that photos and graphics will get more attention in the planning of projects. "Photo, in other words, will have a seat at the table," Anastasi says.

Media buzz of 1978: a new Los Angeles alt-weekly

new-west-731978.jpg Former New West staffer Michael Kurcfeld found this clip from July 3, 1978, disclosing plans for a new alternative newspaper to fill the void left by closure of the Los Angeles Free Press. Working title: L.A.Weekly.

LA Times loses sports writer to Boston

The Celtics lost Thursday to the NBA-best Clippers, but they did gain a new beat writer from LA.

Big departure from NBC 4's newsroom

nbc-door.jpg Executive producer Wendy Harris, at Channel 4 for three decades, is retiring from the station. Here's the newsroom memo earlier this month from the VP for news.

SPJ's distinguished journalist honorees named

beverly-white.jpg The Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists says it will honor five local journalists and an attorney at its 37th annual awards banquet next spring. This year's...

Joe Donnelly to lead Santa Barbara journalism venture

The former senior editor at the LA Weekly and co-founder of Slake has been named executive editor of the Santa Barbara Journalism Initiative, a nonprofit journalism startup supported by a Knight Foundation grant and local foundations.

'SoCal Connected' team wins duPont Award *

scc-courting-disaster.jpg KCET's story on Los Angeles County's dependency courts was one of 14 winners of Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards announced this morning at Columbia. This is big in the world of broadcast news, considered by some to be their Pulitzers.

Court rules for Wendy McCaw in old Santa Barbara fight

newspresstapesmall.jpg A panel of three conservative appeals justices in Washington ruled that when McCaw fired her reporters for starting a union, she was the victim under the First Amendment.

NBC's Richard Engel freed from captors in Syria

engel-crew-grab.jpg NBC's chief foreign correspondent and his crew were held five days then freed Monday in a firefight at a checkpoint in Syria, NBC News announced this morning. Engel, producer Ghazi Balkiz and cameraman John Kooistra appeared live on "Today" from Turkey.

Scientology series in the LA Times revisited

sappell-lamag.jpg Joel Sappell writes in the January issue of Los Angeles magazine about the harassment he and co-author Robert Welkos endured, and he talks to a key church defector who used to run intelligence for L. Ron Hubbard and was the chief "auditor" for Tom Cruise.

Rutten's debut for the other guys: Marriage equality and the court

tim-rutten-lang.jpg With Rutten on the editorial page, and Al Martinez on the front page, the Daily News now offers its readers two columnists with something like 80 years between them at the Los Angeles Times.

NYT reporter tells us about his divorce healing

Jesse McKinley went through a Santa Monica workshop that helps people rid themselves of the personal toxins of divorce. "I had been chosen for this assignment...for the simple reason that I was getting divorced. And, you know, that I probably needed it."

Friday media roundup: Kushner, Rutten, Prop Zero, Alycia Lane

aaron-kushner-300-ocw.jpg OC Register's new owner Aarson Kushner is profiled, and former LA Times writer Tim Rutten starts a Sunday column in the Daily News and its sister papers. Plus more

LA gay couple with media angle profiled in NYT boomer series

acosta-gratz.jpg Acosta is a former Los Angeles Times editor who now is the director of strategic initiatives at the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center.

Ray Briem, late-night radio host was 82

ray-briem.jpg Ray Briem was the overnight talker on KABC-AM from 1967-1994 and kind of pioneered the form here in Los Angeles. That made him the welcomed late-night companion to thousands.

'Zero Dark Thirty' team isn't talking about romantic breakup

boal-bigelow.jpg After winning Oscars for "The Hurt Locker," director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal became "entertainment’s hottest couple who wouldn’t say they were a couple since Jay-Z and Beyoncé." Now it's complicated, says BuzzFeed.

Journo remembers the night he shot someone

Michael Krikorian freelances now, far as I can tell, but he used to be a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Seventeen rounds from an AK-47 in his trunk got him a 30-day sentence in county jail.

Mack Reed's pot-in-yard story explodes in the media

mack-reed-drugs.jpg Mack Reed's Tumblr post about finding a duffel bag full of someone else's weed in his Silver Lake yard and calling the LAPD — we posted about it early yesterday — has made its way rapidly around the web.

Baca agrees to release unredacted Ruben Salazar files to filmmaker

salazarstamp.jpg Phillip Rodriguez will have access to unredacted autopsy and investigative documents, and coroner's photos, for his documentary on the 1970 death in East Los Angeles of journalist Ruben Salazar.

Huffington Post names a CEO

Arianna Huffington moves to president and editor in chief of the media group. Jimmy Maymann, previously AOL senior vice president of international, becomes CEO.

What to do with $175,000 in pot found in your back yard

mack-reed-drugs.jpg Silver Lake games developer Mack Reed, the former LA Times reporter and Voice of LA blogger, was faced recently with a quandary most of us will never encounter. On deadline, of course.

Media tweets: Channel 9 news team

tay-taft-lee-kcal.jpg Anchor Sharon Tay, meteorologist Evelyn Taft in the middle and reporter Amber Lee in the KCAL studio. Tweeted by Taft.

Gustavo Arellano moves to KCRW

gustavo-arellano-mug.jpg Gustavo Arellano, editor of the OC Weekly and creator of the paper's popular "Ask A Mexican" column, will start doing regular weekly commentaries about Orange County for KCRW. He had been a regular on KPCC.

Madeleine Brand's talks with KCRW seem to be progressing

Thumbnail image for brand-martinez.jpg Brand tells Los Angeles magazine that she's in talks with KCRW for a 9 a.m. show that would compete with the friends she left at KPCC. But KCRW's Jennifer Ferro says in a statement that nothing is firm.

David Courtney, LA sports announcer was 56 *

courtney-cup.jpg David Courtney, the arena announcer for the Los Angeles Kings and Clippers at Staples Center and the stadium announcer in Anaheim for the Angels, has died at age 56. No cause was given by the Kings, but Courtney had tweeted yesterday that he was at a hospital awaiting an angiogram.

Howser feared retirement - back in 2003

huell-lamag.jpg Tamar Brott profiled Huell Howser for Los Angeles magazine and found him to be defensive about his enthusiasm and his affection for finding the positive, or denying the negative, in any situation.

Well would you look at this: Huell Howser to retire *

jacobhuell.jpg Howser is "retiring from making new shows but does not want to make any formal announcements about it," says an email. Amazing.

LA Times hires an Apple reporter in Silicon Valley

The newest technology business reporter at the Times is Chris O'Brien, who comes from the San Jose Mercury. The memo to the newsroom from Business Editor Marla Dickerson.

Guy Adams hangs up his surfboard

mammoth-horse-guyafams.jpg Guy Adams, the Independent's man in Los Angeles for the last few years, is returning to London and starting after the new year as a feature writer for the Daily Mail. "Today I wrote my last ever article for the @independent. Fittingly, it was about the Elmo sex scandal," he tweets.

David Geffen episode of 'American Masters' tonight

geffen-grab-pbs.jpg The producers call it a rare, "unflinching portrait." I suspect there's some flinching. Video: Geffen in love with Cher in 1973.

THR cleans up at National Entertainment Journalism awards

thr-cover-conan.jpg The Hollywood Reporter won six first-place awards at tonight's National Entertainment Journalism Awards put on at the Biltmore by the Los Angeles Press Club. Kim Masters of THR (and KCRW's "The Business") won entertainment journalist of the year, and THR also won for best entertainment publication and best website.

Sam Benson, LA broadcaster was 90

sam-benson.gif Born Sam Bensussen, he worked for 40 years at KLAC radio and Metromedia, was the editorial director for Channel 11, and in the 1950s and 60s was a commercial pitchman on local airwaves: "Se habla espanol at Lou’s Garage."

Overholser to leave USC-Annenberg next year

overholser.jpg The Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC announced this morning that Geneva Overholser, director of the School of Journalism since 2008, will step down in June. She said she will return to New York with her husband, Annenberg faculty member David Westphal. USC's release says it will launch a recruitment campaign for a successor to Overholser.

David Haldane on his son's mental illness

david-haldane-drew.jpg "The call I feared finally came late on a Friday...'I’m a nurse at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital,' she said. 'Don’t panic, but we have your son.'"

Dwight Howard Day at the City Council

alice-walton-snoop-dogg.jpg In which the third floor at City Hall fills up and numerous staffers and reporters post Facebook pictures of themselves with Snoop Dogg and a certain new Lakers center. Video from the office of Councilman Joe Buscaino.

Mike Fleming's father died in Hurricane Sandy editor Mike Fleming returns to the site two weeks after his dad was injured at home during the storm in New York. Fleming says he's grateful for the support of his colleagues at the website.

Marty Baron to become executive editor of Washington Post

marty-baron-small.jpg Many journalists in Los Angeles, and many more in the LA Times diaspora, remember Baron as the business editor at the LAT during the section's glory days and a contender for higher-level jobs even since he left for the New York Times.

LA Times wins $266,000 from photographer David Strick *

david-strick-photography-gr.jpg Message to freelancers: sue the Los Angeles Times at your own risk. An arbitrator has awarded the paper $266,000 to cover the costs of defending itself against a suit by the longtime Hollywood photographer.

Headline o' the day

paula-broadwell-cover.jpg BuzzFeed gets to the heart of the latest revelations in the David Petraeus scandal. Plus: an LA media angle to the Paula Broadwell story.

Jeffrey Anderson on reporting in the Southeast cities

jeffrey-anderson-grab.jpg Before the LA Times rediscovered the corruption in Bell, and in some cases before DA Steve Cooley got to town with his corruption prosecutions, investigative reporter Jeffrey Anderson was digging into the dirty dealings in the southeast cities for the LA Weekly. KCET interviewed Anderson about the challenges of reporting in places like Cudahy last decade.

Jane Yamamoto now a reporter on Channel 4 news

jane+yamamoto+fox11.jpg This morning the former Fox 11 reporter showed up on NBC 4 covering the wood shop fire at James Monroe High School in the Valley. "Yes. I'm now at ch.4 news," she tweets.

Joel Connable, former CBS2/KCAL reporter was 39 *

joel-connable-mug.jpg Friends on Facebook and Twitter and staffers at the duopoly newsroom in Studio City are saying that Joel Connable, a reporter at CBS 2/KCAL 9 for three years until 2005, has died. Connable had just started a new anchor gig at KOMO-TV in Seattle last month, after being out of the local news business since 2009.

Madeleine Brand hasn't spoken to ex-KPCC boss since July

Thumbnail image for brand-zavala-kcet.jpg Madeleine Brand gives an interview to the LA Times about leaving KPCC and her initial reactions to being seen on television.

John Retsek, creator of 'The Car Show' and KCET veteran

john-retsek-at-kcet.jpg Saturday morning on one of Los Angeles' longest-running radio programs, the hosts will announce the death of John Retsek, who created "The Car Show" on KPFK in 1973. They will talk about John and possibly take calls from the legions of listeners who have listened to the show or been guests in its nearly four decades on the air — the odd duck among the politically charged news, talk and revolutionary rhetoric at the Pacifica-owned radio station.

KFI news director explains: it's 'driver license'

chris-little-kfi.jpg Chris Little takes to his blog at AM talk station KFI to explain to listeners why he says "driver license" when referring to the card issued by the California DMV — and won't say "Democrat Party."

New aging milestone for Al Martinez: the 'heart attack'

Just a mild heart attack, the Daily News columnist reports on Facebook.

LA Weekly digs into the turmoil at KPCC

law-kpcc-breakup-cover.jpg How KPCC's quest for Latino listeners doomed the "Madeleine Brand Show," plus the first choice of a co-host — and the complications of A Martinez's advocacy for steroids in sports.

Finke takes a shot at Press Club's entertainment awards

janice-min-thr-nyt.jpg Could the Press Club's plan to honor Janice Min for revamping the Hollywood Reporter be a factor? Finke says the club "seems more interested in collecting entry fees and selling gala tables...than in rewarding high standards of journalism or conducting a competition with integrity."

Register grabs the 'Muslim girl in OC' columnist

mona-shadia-fb.jpg Mona Shadia got some media coverage here and elsewhere last December when she was assigned to write a regular column about living as a Muslim in Orange County for the three local newspapers run by the LAT's Times Community News unit.

Daily 'SoCal Connected' airs Monday with Madeleine Brand

brand-zavala-kcet.jpg I went over to KCET's new studios in Burbank last week to catch the first day of run throughs for the made-over "So Cal Connected." Here's what to expect from the nightly show and some pictures of KCET's digs.

Watch Al Martinez's column to learn about growing old

al_martinez-mug.jpg Increasingly, and perhaps inevitably, his subjects are the vagaries and cruelties of becoming elderly. This might be the least recommended direction to go in these days when media editors count web hits above all else, but I think it's his best material. No one else in LA reports this personally on the aging thing.

BuzzFeed expands into Hollywood in a big way

rushfield-fb-profile.jpg A new Los Angeles bureau, meaning mostly Hollywood apparently, will be run by Richard Rushfield and include chief correspondent Kate Aurthur. Both are veterans of Hollywood coverage and of the LA Times, among other places.

NBC 4's Robert Kovacik doesn't let a roach faze him

kovacik-roach.jpg Channel 4's Robert Kovacik was live on the air from West Los Angeles when a roach crawled across his shoulders. No problem! Watch the video.

Penske warns The Wrap not to poach from Deadline

the-warp-sign.jpg "Please be advised that PMC employees, including but not limited to Nikki Finke, Mike Fleming, Pete Hammond and Nellie Andreeva, are under long term employment contracts," says the lawyer letter.

Time travel: Kelly Lange, Paul Moyer and Zzyzx

Young (OK, very young) versions of the former KNBC 4 stalwarts and a feature story on the Mojave Desert landmark.

LAT's Sue Carpenter goes back to motorcycles... for the Register

suecarpenter-then.jpg You might remember the motorcycle column and videos that Sue Carpenter did for the Los Angeles Times. She's heading to the Register, according to a newsroom memo this morning.

Another high-level woman leaves the LA Times

latimes-from-broadway.jpg Roxane Arnold is a senior projects editor who has been the lead editor on the Column One story that runs on the front page of the Los Angeles Times most days. Here's the newsroom email about her upcoming exit.

Jean Martirez the next woman out at Fox 11

jean-martirez.jpg The longtime morning news anchor is the third high-profile woman let go by Channel 11 in recent months. "Wonder if this'll get my security desposit back?," she tweeted along with a picture of her cleaned-out desk.

99 Cent Chef on the Hallmark Channel

dressed-burger-bv.jpg Forget all that stuff about a 99 Cents Only store opening on Rodeo Drive. Just a gimmick to get the media talking. But the 99 Cent Chef, he's real — and on TV this morning.

Press Club scores Robert Redford

When the Los Angeles Press Club gives its first Visionary Award to Jane Fonda in November, she will be introduced by Robert Redford. The pair starred together in "The Chase," "Barefoot in the Park" and "The Electric Horseman."

League interference helped push Hammond out of Kings

richhammondnew.jpg The three-year experiment in which the Los Angeles Kings paid reporter Rich Hammond to cover the team wasn't all smiles, according to Daily News columnist Tom Hoffarth. He writes that the league demanded that a story Hammond recently posted about the current labor dispute with players be taken off the web, citing his employment status with the Kings.

Register hires Rich Hammond from the Kings

richhammondnew.jpg Rich Hammond broke new ground when he left the Daily News three years ago to blog about the Los Angeles Kings for the Kings. He was the first journalist locally to be employed by a team to report independently on the team.

LA represented in New York Times DC bureau

nyt-washburo-protest.jpg Photo of the staff reveals a lot of Los Angeles connections.

Madeleine Brand joins KCET's new daily 'SoCal Connected'

Thumbnail image for mbrand-crop.jpg KCET will announce today that former KPCC host Madeleine Brand will become a special contributor to "SoCal Connected." The show is also going daily — it had aired on a weekly cycle. Val Zavala will remain the show's news anchor, with Brand doing mostly interviews, it sounds like.

Afternoon media notes

gogos-buzzfeed-markey.jpg More on sale of Variety, Sunday magazine next for Register, books from Roman Polanski's sex victim way back then and on LA's hardcore music scene, some media job notes and Dean Singleton speaks. Plus more.

Mike Fleming seeks to reassure his colleagues at Variety

variety-sign-300.jpg In reporting that his employer has now acquired his former journalism home at Variety, Deadline film editor Michael Fleming took a moment for some personal words. Plus: The Wrap claims Finke 'having a major tantrum.'

Video: Lalo Alcaraz on cartooning and politics

laloalcaraz-nbc4.jpg "I try to advocate for a certain group. And not just for Latinos, but for immigrants," he tells Ana Garcia of NBC 4.

Steve Crawford, CBS LA veteran dies of cancer

After 35 years at CBS, assignment editor Steve Crawford left the newsroom at Channels 2 and 9 on May 23 without revealing to anyone that he had stage 3 esophageal cancer. He insisted that no one know, his wife says in a note posted at the station today.

LA's cute new TV couple

whit-johnson-twitter.jpg Whit Johnson, the new co-anchor at NBC 4, is married to new KCAL 9 reporter Andrea Fujii. He's a proud husband, per Twitter.

Sheriff John Rovick, Los Angeles TV icon was 93

sheriff-john-mug.jpg If you didn't grow up in the Los Angeles area during the baby boom, you can leave the room for a couple of minutes. Though if your parents fit the description, you might want to stick around.

OC Register picks its chief food critic

One of the most talked-about of the positions the Orange County Register is filling is the paper's food critic. Now we know the job will go to Brad A. Johnson, the James Beard winner who had been writing about restaurants for Angeleno.

LAT's Lakers blogger jumps to newly digital LANG

Mark Medina has been overseeing the Lakers blog at, one of the site's biggest draws, for the last couple of years.He will now be covering the Lakers as a best writer and multimedia reporter for the Los Angeles News Group and its papers.

LANG papers take the logical next step into digital

The newspapers that make up the Los Angeles News Group have been gradually blending over recent months, and today take a big step toward being a regional news operation with the emphasis on digital — and less on geography. One upshot: Daily News editor Carolina Garcia has a new role and title.

LA Times restaffs its Hero Complex beat

In the wake of Hero Complex blogger Geoff Boucher's departure from the paper, the LA Times has re-hired Chris Lee and moved Gina McIntyre over to be the lead writer and editor on the Hero Complex blog.
Catherine Davis, the Los Feliz woman bludgeoned to death last week by an emotionally disturbed actor, was the mother of the Los Angeles author-journalist Margaret Leslie Davis, and had a large family of friends in Hollywood who had stayed at her "writers villa" through the years.

Schwarzenegger's image rehab tour hits a bump

arnold-on-60minutes.jpg Arnold Schwarzenegger, who recently paid $20 million for a think tank at USC, gets a segment on "60 Minutes" tonight to give just enough mea culpa on the whole cheated-on-Maria thing to sound like it was a blip. But at the Daily Beast, Ann Louise Bardach says the chronology given to CBS' Lesley Stahl and in Arnold's new memoir is anything but true

KPCC president to address changes on the air

bill-davis-kpcc.jpg KPCC is taking the unusual step of having president Bill Davis stop in to "Airtalk" and chat with Larry Mantle about the recent programming changes, including the resignation of Madeleine Brand.

Jillian Barberie Reynolds out, next blonde in

maria-sansone-fox.jpg Reynolds tweeted this morning that she was just informed that her "Good Day L.A." days were over. Steve Edwards' new co-host is Maria Sansone.

Madeleine Brand says outside offers are behind her KPCC exit

mbrand-crop.jpg Ex-KPCC host Madeleine Brand, who left the station last week, tells that "outside offers just became too attractive” for her to remain at the station. She doesn't specify any offers, but says she will be staying in Los Angeles.

LA Weekly, OC Weekly get a new owner

lacey-larkin.jpg Village Voice Media owners Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin announced Sunday night that they have agreed to sell the chain of 13 weeklies — a mix of papers they created and big established titles they acquired, including the LA Weekly and Village Voice — and will get out of alt journalism. The buyers are a new company formed by ex-editors and publishers of the New Times chain that Lacey and Larkin helped start in Phoenix in the 1970s.

Geoff Boucher joins Entertainment Weekly

geoff-boucher-fb.jpg Boucher, who left the Los Angeles Times earlier this month after clashing with his editor, posted the memo from Entertainment Weekly managing editor Jess Cagle on Facebook.

That was fast: Madeleine Brand leaves KPCC

brand-martinez.jpg So much for all those pretended sounds of happiness from KPCC over the forced merger of morning show host Madeleine Brand with newcomer A Martinez.

Video: Sometimes it pays to be connected

For his HuffPost Live segment advancing the space shuttle Endeavour's flight over Los Angeles, host Jacob Soboroff got an exclusive guest in studio: His dad, Steve Soboroff, the former candidate for mayor in Los Angeles who's in charge of the move for the California Science Center. "I think this is the most meaningful thing to happen to Los Angeles since Staples Center," says the senior Soboroff.

Wednesday night media notes

chris-paul-gq.jpg Chris Paul graces the cover of GQ, newspaper moves of local note on Spring Street and in Las Vegas, and more media notes from the in-box.

Writer calls BS on the right's Obama mythology

young-obama.jpg Peter Hong, the former Los Angeles Times reporter who now works as a deputy to county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, grew up by coincidence on the Barack Obama path. He too was born and raised in Honolulu — has the same style of birth certiifcate — and also went to Occidental College. He observes in a piece for Zocalo that it gives him a certain perspective on the more hysterical claims being fed to conservatives about the president's past.

Cindy Carcamo lands final project for Register, heads to LAT

carcamo-fb.jpg Immigration reporter Cindy Carcamo's opener of a three-part series this past weekend in the Orange County Register was a doozy. With illegal overland entry into the United States from Mexico getting harder and harder, immigrants increasingly turn toward the Pacific Ocean. On Oct. 1, she starts covering the Southwest for the LA Times from Arizona.

Chuck Philips to unveil new rap story on Twitter

Philips is the former LA Times staff writer who left the paper shortly after editors fully retracted his 2008 story naming names in the murder of rapper Tupac Shakur. He will break what he calls a new story Thursday via tweet.

Boucher and Maharaj post about his exit from LAT *

geoff-boucher-fb.jpg "It is very strange and sad to leave the paper after 21 years but it is completely my choice," the ex-Calendar writer and comics blogger posts. "I'm going to gamble and bet on myself and what I've learned over these past few years with the Hero Complex success."

Geoff Boucher exits the LA Times after all

geoff-boucher-fb.jpg Following a blow-up with editors last month, high-level discussions and a Florida vacation could not keep the Calendar writer and Hero Complex blogger around. His exit has staffers and outside observers both talking about editor Davan Maharaj's choice of assistant managing editor over arts and entertainment.
impaled_by_fence.jpg I have to give it to Steven Mirkin, the Los Angeles music journalist. He makes lemonade of impaling his testicles on an iron fence while house-sitting for a friend — while locked out of the house, with a dog who tried to bite the paramedics.

LA Times adds another pop music writer

The newest music writer on the LAT staff is Mikael Wood, most recently a freelancer for the paper and elsewhere. Here's the newsroom memo:

Food blogger beats up cyclist who calls him 'faggot'

fuji_21_speed_road_bike-OCW.jpg Somewhere in Orange County is a humbled bicyclist with a shiner and a damaged "$2,000 carbon fiber-and-unobtainium bicycle....(slash) penis extension."

Dorothy Lucey moves on with blog about Fox 11 boss who fired her

dorothy-lucey-board.jpg Former co-host at "Good Day LA" says the new boss told her she "made his eyes bleed." That's what you like to hear when you're on-camera talent.

Timberg to do book on 'creative destruction'

scott-timberg-mug.jpg Scott Timberg's recent series of pieces for Salon on the struggles of architects, journalists, video store clerks and others in the "creative class" has got him a book deal with Yale University Press. The book, tentatively titled "Creative Destruction," is supposed to "detail the evisceration of an entire class of cultural workers under the onslaught of warp-speed technological change, economic slump, and both longstanding and shifting attitudes regarding the values of art and the creative life."

Al Martinez has a nomination for LA poet laureate

al-martinez-irony.jpg The Daily News columnist feted earlier this year as The Bard of LA by the Huntington invokes both Charles Bukowski and Dylan Thomas and writes: "I am pleased to enter my name today as a candidate for poet laureate of Los Angeles."

New 'Noir Magazine' starts to crank up for tablets

noir-mag-icon.jpg Nancie Clare and Rip Georges, the former editor and creative director, respectively, of the late Los Angeles Times Magazine, are moving toward launching a mystery-oriented tablet magazine they are calling Noir. "The first of its kind iPad magazine for the mystery, thriller and true crime genres in all mediums: books, movies, TV, graphic novels and video games" is how they describe it.

'Just sitting in for Deirdre O'Donoghue'

deidre-odonoghue.jpg Today on KLOS, Chis Carter celebrated his birthday and kicked off his 12th year as host of the Sunday show "Breakfast with the Beatles." It was the longest running U.S. radio show devoted to the Beatles before Carter took over, following the death in 2001 of creator and LA radio personality Deirdre O'Donoghue.

Yahoo fires DC bureau chief over Romney remark

davia-chalian-twitter.jpg David Chalian is the Washington bureau chief for Yahoo who last month floated that weak and mysterious story asking if Antonio Villaraigosa was poised to become the first Latino president. Today he was fired over something he said during a webcast at the Republican convention.

LA gets another Latino journalists group *

CCNMA-Latino Journalists of California has picked up a competitor in an LA chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

KPCC VP explains more about Patt Morrison's future

russstanton.jpg Russ Stanton, the former Los Angeles Times editor in chief who is "Vice President, Content" for KPCC these days, has taken to the comments section of the station's website to further explain this morning's announcement that KPCC would drop the Patt Morrison show. She will keep doing the Comedy Congress segment and be involved with the station's other shows.

LA Times promotes Scott Kraft to deputy ME

scott-kraft-lat.jpg These internal moves at the Los Angeles Times aren't nearly as newsy as they used to be, either in LA or around the media biz. But still worth noting: Scott Kraft, the LA Times' former national editor and current page one editor, will now take a spin as the deputy managing editor for the front page, Column One and projects. In that role he succeeds Marc Duvoisin, who recently was named managing editor.

New sports editor -- and four open jobs -- at LA News Group

Gene Warnick, the sports editor at the Daily News, will expand his duties to oversee sports across the Los Angeles News Group papers. His appointment follows the promotion of Daily News opinion editor Mariel Garza to a similar LANG-wide role. Also announced by Michael Anastasi, the group's new vice president and executive editor, is that LANG will fill four reporters jobs in sports, including Lakers beat writer. Read the memo.

KPCC drops Patt Morrison show, expands Brand and Martinez

PattMorrison-kpcc.png The other shoes have fallen at KPCC from the addition of A Martinez as co-host with Madeleine Brand in the morning. Larry Mantle's time slow move, and Patt Morrison's show ends.

Times editorial writer Carla Hall in the Zocalo green room

carla-hall-zocalo.jpg Zocalo Public Square likes to tape featured speakers answering a few personal questions in the green room before events. Carla Hall talks about her best friend, her dancing style, her last voicemail, the time she spent the night with a newborn elephant, and the TV show that got her to LA.

KTLA 5 copter makes emergency landing in Hollywood

ktla-copter-emergency.jpg Everyone got down safely, but there was a scary moment over Hollywood Monday afternoon. Helicopters for Channel 5 and Channel 2 were covering the report of a gunman in Hollywood when Stu Mundel, the pilot for KCBS' SKY2, noticed smoke spewing from the engine of KTLA's Sky5.

Tribune scrambles to remove Vin Scully gaffe from web

rebecca-hall-oops-scully.jpg KTLA sportscaster Rebecca Hall's weekend oops — in which she jokes during an on-air tribute to Vin Scully that he "should get his shit together" — has been pulled down from Big Lead Sports. Copyright claim by Tribune, which owns Channel 5, is the explanation. Well, the Tribune suits haven't made it to Deadspin yet, apparently.

KPCC chief dismisses critics of 'Brand and Martinez'

Thumbnail image for brand-martinez.jpg Bill Davis, the station's president and CEO, tells a complainer via email that the Madeleine Brand and A Martinez pairing on KPCC checked out in focus groups and audience testing, is here to stay and will be expanding to two hours day: "I know a thing or two about public radio programming --and I like what I hear with these two." He recounts and pooh-poohs the complaints that came in from previous program changes, including the addition of Brand in the first place.

The case against Lance Armstrong's accusers

Thumbnail image for lance-armstrong-bw-hissite.jpg LAT columnist Michael Hiltzik argues that the anti-doping system "is the most thoroughly one-sided and dishonest legal regime anywhere in the world this side of Beijing," a position directly opposed to the case made here last week.

Vin Scully to return for 64th season

vin-scully-lifemag.jpg Dodgers fans can breathe easy for another year. Check out our new story on Scully's five most memorable calls, by guest author Paul Haddad.

Hosts with the most

olney-mantle-tampa.jpg KCRW's Warren Olney and KPCC's Larry Mantle crossed paths at the Tampa airport. Both are in town to do shows from the Republican convention.

LA Times adds staff on immigrant communities and immigration

latimes-east-face-tighter.jpg The reporters will be familiar to some in Southern California. Left unclear in the LAT memo is whether they are paid for by the Ford Foundation grant announced a few months ago.

Brand asks web commenters to give KPCC's new couple a chance *

brand-martinez.jpg If those who post anonymously on KPCC's website are any gauge, the NPR station's gamble to pair veteran morning host Madeleine Brand with public radio newcomer A Martinez could be in trouble. Brand took to the web tonight to plead for patience: "I totally understand your anger and confusion now."

Alycia Lane gets new co-anchor and other NBC4 moves

AlyciaLane.jpg The new leadership team at Channel 4 continues to make changes in the newsroom lineup. Today the station will announce that Michael Brownlee will be getting up really early from now on as co-anchor of "Today in LA" with Alycia Lane. Plus some other moves

NPR West losing reporter to Mexico City

carrie-kahn-npr.jpg Carrie Kahn, who has been based at NPR West in Culver City since 2004, is shifting to Mexico City to be NPR’s correspondent covering Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America.

Jimmy Kimmel moves to 11:35, same time as those other guys

jimmy-kimmel-banners.jpg ABC is moving Jimmy Kimmel's late-night show into head-to-head competition with Jay Leno and David Letterman. "Nightline" flips back to 12:35, a big disappointment to the news types.

Diana Nyad 'pulled from the water' as latest swim ends

nyad-break-cnn-812.jpg Nyad's Twitter feed posted at 7:42 a.m. Eastern time that "Diana has been pulled from the water. We'll have more information when it becomes available." She had been swimming for 63 hours since leaving Cuba on Saturday, and suffered numerous jellyfish stings.

Matt Groening blames LA Weekly for end to 'Life in Hell'

groening-self-portrait.jpg Once the LA Weekly dropped his longtime comic strip, the end was inevitable. "It was particularly aggravating that I wasn’t being printed locally in Los Angeles," Groening said. "If 'Life in Hell' were still in LA Weekly, it would probably have kept me going."

Diana Nyad swimming toward Florida again *

nyad-swim-82012.jpg Diana Nyad's team says that she has swum 46 miles since leaving from Cuba on Saturday, and has made it through a storm and several jellyfish stings. Tonight she was joined by a pod of dolphins.

KLOS goes with Heidi and Frank in the morning

heidi-frank-klos.jpg KLOS has its replacements for Mark and Brian. They will be Heidi Hamilton and Frank Kramer, starting Sept. 4.

Mariel Garza upped to opinion editor of all LANG papers

Mariel Garza has been the opinion editor for the Daily News, and then took on added responsibilities for the Daily Breeze and Press-Telegram when those papers were put under DN editor Carolina Garcia, Now Garza will oversee the editorial pages for the whole Los Angeles News Group chain, based in West Covina. Here's the newsroom announcement.

Artie Williams, ABC7 news photographer, dies while diving *

artie-williams-kabc.jpg Longtime Channel 7 photographer Artie Williams died over the weekend while diving with a friend off Catalina Island, the station announced.

LA Times of two minds on power in California

state-capitol.jpg A news story in the LA Times calls the California Teachers Association "arguably the most potent force in state politics." But Times columnist Michael Hiltzik writes "Who really wields political power in Cal? Not the teachers union, but the 1%, and they want even more!" His Sunday column blasts Prop. 32, a conservative-backed measure to undercut union influence.

KPCC turns to sports for Latino co-host with Madeleine Brand *

brand-martinez.jpg KPCC's long search for a Latino to pair with Madeleine Brand has led to A. Martinez, the former host of "Dodgertalk" and most recently at ESPN Radio in Los Angeles. KPCC's morning show reboots Monday as "Brand and Martinez."

Tess Vigeland leaving 'Marketplace Money'

tess-vigeland-fountain.jpg The host of Marketplace Money since 2006 will step down in November, America Public Media announced today. There was no successor named. She will continue as a contributor. I don't...

First Mark, now Brian leaving KLOS airwaves

mark-and-brian-logo.jpg Brian Phelps, half of the long-running "Mark and Brian" morning duo, had been negotiating to stay on after the retirement of his partner. But he announced on the air this morning that the end has come. Off to "recharge" then do a podcast.

Message to cancer from Xeni Jardin

xeni-jardin-finger.jpg As many know, Los Angeles writer, journalist and more Xeni Jardin is being treated for breast cancer. After an especially unpleasant session today with the blood takers at Cedars-Sinai, she posted an image and message that I suspect many people who have been patients will endorse.

Kate Gale on the cultural geography of LA

kate-gale-lamag.jpg Says the editor at Red Hen Press: "Before we moved to Pasadena from the Valley in 2009, there was a lot of discussion about where we should go. We really wanted to move to a place that celebrates arts and culture."

New York Times grabs new CEO from the Beeb

nyt-newsroom.jpg Here's how the New York Times itself puts it: "In choosing Mr. Thompson, a veteran of television who has spent nearly his entire career at the BBC, The Times reached outside its own company, its own industry and even its own country to find a leader to guide it in an uncharted digital future." Indeed.

Media notes: Out at LAT, in at Pacific Standard

Leaving the Los Angeles Times staff is Dean Kuipers, recently the nightlife editor in Arts and Entertainment. Read his farewell email. Plus an editor joins Pacific Standard magazine, and Nieman Journalism Lab explains HuffPost Live.

Helen Gurley Brown, editor and media benefactor was 90 *

helen-gurley-brown.jpg Helen Gurley Brown was the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazines for three decades and the author of the 1962 bestseller, "Sex and the Single Girl." "Helen Gurley Brown was an icon," said Frank A. Bennack, Jr., CEO of Hearst Corporation.

Pellicano bail denied after emotional appeal by Anita Busch

Busch, the former Los Angeles Times reporter who was threatened over a story by Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano and his cronies, appeared frail and frightened-looking in court today, says The Wrap.

Karl Fleming, journalist was 84

KarlFleming.jpg Karl Fleming covered the civil rights movement in the South and Los Angeles for Newsweek, started a local magazine and was the editor of Chanel 2 news. His memoir was "Son of the Rough South: An Uncivil Memoir."

Rubén Martínez explores desert life in America

ruben-martinez-lmu.jpg Martínez, the writing professor at Loyola Marymount University, lived for a time beside the Rio Grande in northern New Mexico, searching for truth and meaning and the guidance to break his drug habit. A review of his new book, plus an excerpt of a new mystery by Miles Corwin.

Up close with KUSC's Brian Lauritzen

brian-lauritzen-kusc.jpg Lauritzen is portrayed as "a laid-back evangelist of the classical radio world" in a short Times feature by Scott Timberg.

KPCC reporter goes stream of consciousness on Paul Ryan

Sharon_McNary_reasonably_small.jpg Sharon McNary, a KPCC political reporter, unfolded her story on Twitter, which is fitting I guess since it began with her looking at VP candidate-designate Paul Ryan's Twitter account and becoming curious that he follows just one other account.

Huffington Post launches live streaming channel Monday morning

jacob-soboroff-huffpost.jpg HuffPost Live will begin with eight hours of live web programming out of New York and four hours out of Los Angeles each weekday. It's starting with ten hosts, including the former LA Observed video contributor Jacob Soboroff in the Beverly Hills studio, plus contributions from Huffington Post editors, bloggers and readers.

Susan Stratton's Emmy honor - in the refrigerator

susan-stratton-emmys.jpg At Saturday night's local Emmy awards, the Governors Award for lifetime achievement went to Susan Stratton, Chick Hearn's producer on Lakers broadcasts for most of three decades. In the station count, NBC4, ABC7 and KTLA5 each won seven Emmys. Link to full list of winners inside.

Learning to swim at 45

Nice Column One story by the LAT's Kurt Streeter on confronting his fears of the water so he can help his two-year-old learn to swim.

Ira Glass on the death of David Rakoff

"It was no surprise; he'd been talking about it for months. He even named August as when it would happen."

LA Times finally names the managing editor

marc-duvoisin-twitter.jpg It's Marc Duvoisin, currently the deputy managing editor for projects and enterprise. The newsroom's number two job has been open since Davan Maharaj was elevated to editor in December. Here's the memo.

LA Times names new books editor: Joy Press

joy-press-twitter.jpg The pop culture and deputy television editor of the LA Times' calendar section gets the newly created job of Books and Culture Editor. Press was a book critic for VLS as well as culture editor at the both the Village Voice and Salon.

Not hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk

egg-no-cook.jpg John Rabe of KPCC enticed me out to Northridge on Wednesday for an "Off-Ramp" story, and since it was midday in the West Valley, in the middle of a heat wave, and Rabe's an intrepid reporter slash radio host, he brought along the makings of a classic journalism experiment. The temperature was a few notches over 100, but was it hot enough to cook an egg? Find out inside.

Nick Williams, LA Times retired journalist was 75

Nick B. Williams Jr., a veteran Los Angeles Times reporter and editor who also was the son of the paper's former editor, died this morning in Texas at age 75.

Judith Crist, film critic was 90

Judith Crist was the critic for many years on the "Today" show and in print at TV Guide and elsewhere. She had two long stints at TV Guide &mdash the first before they fired her in favor of computerized summaries of films, the second after a deluge of reader complaints forced the editors to ask her back.

Gawker's new West Coast editor announces he's black

cord-gawker.jpg Cord Jefferson, who started Monday as the West Coast editor for the Gawker gossip and blog empire, penned an opening greeting post that says he's "the first California staffer since Seth Abramovitch left in January. I'm also the first staffer (on record) to watch hardcore pornography in Fred Willard's favorite Hollywood peep show." Oh, and he's black.

Jennifer York back on the air, but on the ground

jennifer-york-crop.jpg A couple of readers have noticed the familiar voice of Jennifer York doing traffic reports for KNX 1070 radio. York was the very popular airborne traffic reporter on KTLA Channel 5 for 13 years, until she and the station parted ways in 2004.

Tess Vigeland gets her feet wet for the story

tess-vigeland-fountain.jpg "Marketplace Money" host Tess Vigeland took off her shoes and rolled up her jeans to dive deep into the story of the Downtown's new Grand Park. Also: Suzanne Rico on her mom and cancer.

Gavin Polone dares Nikki Finke to go after him

Thumbnail image for hollywood-sign-oh-vdt.jpg Rather than be just another Hollywood type who complains about the unprofessionalism and blackmail of the Deadline founder, the ex-agent and producer dares Finke to prove her clout.

Guy Adams returns to Twitter after NBC retracts complaint *

guyadams.jpg "Did I miss much while I was away?" the Los Angeles bureau chief for The Independent tweets after Twitter lifted his suspension. Twitter sent an email notifying Guy Adams that NBC had dropped its complaint about Adams posting the email address of a network executive as part of an Olympics rant.

New biography praises the late, great Jim Murray

jim-murray-cosell.jpg Jim Murray, writes reviewer John Schulian, "made the sports page seem as if it should have a $10 cover and a two-drink minimum...Even when he railed against the carnage at the Indianapolis 500, there was a laugh, however dark, in his outrage: 'Gentlemen, start your coffins.'...By the time he died, in 1998, he was one of those rare ink-stained wretches who fly with the eagles."

John Bogert, Daily Breeze columnist with cancer was 63

john-bogert-mug-breeze.jpg John Bogert is the South Bay columnist who announced in his final column last month in the Daily Breeze that he had stopped treatment for his colon cancer. The paper has just posted the news that Bogert died Sunday afternoon at home in Pasadena.

Brit reporter in LA suspended by Twitter after NBC complained *

twitter-suspended-grab.jpg This seems more than a little embarrassing for Twitter. Seems the service suspended the very active account of Guy Adams, the Los Angeles-baed bureau chief for UK's The Independent, after a siege of weekend tweets pummeling NBC's coverage of the Olympics — and a complaint by NBC.

LA Times adds three more entertainment reporters

These will be stationed in Business, and include yet another body devoted to coverage of entertainment industry awards and another covering TV, plus the return of a slot based in New York.

LAT's Rainey moves back to politics

James Rainey has been covering media as a reporter since his bosses at the Los Angeles Times dropped his media column back in October. He will now post items to the paper's Politics Now blog, per Friday's note to the newsroom from national editor Roger Smith.

Photog firepower at the City Council *

photogs-council-cd15.jpg Los Angeles photojournalism stalwarts Nick Ut of AP, Al Seib of the Los Angeles Times and Jonathan Alcorn (who might be working for anybody on this one) at this morning's City Council discussion on medical marijuna.

Free tix: Kurt Andersen and Lawrence O'Donnell

Kurt-Andersen.jpg The last event of the season for LA Talks Live is a conversation between Kurt Andersen, the host of "Studio 360" and former editor of Spy whose new novel is "True Believers," and writer and TV host Lawrence O'Donnell.

Friday desk clearing

Villaraigosa calls for assault weapon ban, police commissioner appointed, two media layoffs and more.

Channel 4's Ana Garcia saves a hawk in Larchmont

Hawk-Face-larchmont-buzz.jpg Ana Garcia, the investigative reporter on NBC 4, tweeted to her neighbors in the Larchmont area that she needed assistance with an injured hawk on Windsor Boulevard. The help was forthcoming and all is well.

Final story from Sierra correspondent

Thumbnail image for owens-valley-dwp-trucks-lao.jpg Michael J. Ybarra, the longtime California freelancer who died recently in a fall near Yosemite, had a byline this week in the Los Angeles Times Calendar section.
The Los Angeles Daily Journal had two staff photographers, Todd Rogers and Robert Levins. They have been cut loose in favor of freelancers and pictures taken by reporters for the legal paper. New cameras are on order, editor David Houston says in his note to the staff this morning.

Ina Jaffe gets new beat at NPR West

inajaffe-npr.jpg NPR national correspondent Ina Jaffe is taking on the newly created aging beat, starting today. "In this new role, Ina will cover all aspects of aging: from finances and work life, to health care, relationships and the broader demographic realities facing the country," says an NPR spokesman.

KCET will team with 'Globe Trekker' on LA show

zay-harding.jpg "Global L.A." debuts July 24 at 8 p.m. on KCET and will be "examining the region’s ties to a number of destinations and cultures around the world," the station says. Zay Harding will host.

Philip Fradkin, author and journalist was 77

phil-fradkin.jpg Philip L. Fradkin, a native New Yorker who I believe became the first environment reporter at the Los Angeles Times, died Saturday of cancer at his home in Point Reyes Station. After the Times he went on to write numerous books about California and the West, focusing on earthquakes, water, history and the natural environment.

David Brancaccio gets another 'Marketplace' show

brancaccio-apm.jpg Many of us still remember David Brancaccio as the host of LA-based "Marketplace," and now he will be host of "Marketplace Tech Report." He'll be doing the tech report from New York City.

LANG newspapers get a new top editor

Michael Anastasi, managing editor of the Salt Lake City Tribune, takes over August 13 as Vice President and Executive Editor of the Los Angeles News Group. He spent 11 years as a sports editor for LANG and the Daily News before he went to Utah.
gregory-bojorquez-shooting.jpg Photographer Gregory Bojorquez talks about the months since he was at the scene of that deadly shooting rampage at Sunset and Vine.

Journo jumps from Daily Journal to Warren Olney

David Houston, editor of the Los Angeles Daily Journal, sends Evan George off to "Which Way, LA" and "To the Point." Plus a promotion at the legal daily.

Michael J. Ybarra, journalist was 45

michael-ybarra.jpg Michael J. Ybarra, a freelance writer from Los Angeles who had a regular gig writing about extreme sports for the Wall Street Journal, died in a fall while mountain climbing in the Sierra Nevada.

Lu Parker broke it off with Villaraigosa in May

lu-antonio-ocamb.jpg KTLA reporter Lu Parker's rep confirmed today that she and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa have split up, ending their relationship after about three years. The LA Times has been asking Villaraigosa in recent weeks to explain his status with Parker, but his answers had been evasive.

Ex-reporter tells some about losing on Jeopardy

Jia-Rui-Chong-Cook-on-Jeopardy.jpg Jia-Rui Chong Cook, a former LA Times reporter now in media relations at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, was on Friday's airing of "Jeopardy" — she was one and out on the show. But she got a nice little story out of it .

In-house kudos for LAT's man at the Supreme Court

David Savage, the Los Angeles Times' long-time Supreme Court expert in Washington, gets a nice pat on the back for his coverage of the health care ruling in this note to the newsroom from Deputy Managing Editor Marc Duvoisin. Interestingly, we learn in the email that the Times website had six alerts of various flavors pre-written to be sent once the news broke.

Tobar signs off A2 with nice ode to LA summer

malibu-sky-vdt.jpg Hector Tobar loves this LA summer so far, and I agree. The news is that this is Tobar's last A2 column in the Times. He's going to the books desk to write about literary LA.

Bob Banfield, longtime Channel 7 reporter was 82

banfield-chambers.jpg Banfield, a television presence in Los Angeles for 43 years, had cancer. Also: Cindy Frazier, city editor.

Jonathan Gold as an LA 'Jewish foodie'

jonathan-gold-craft.jpg Tablet magazine bills itself as "a new read on Jewish life," and it's through that lens the publication profiles the LA Times' food writer Jonathan Gold.

Kirk Honeycutt launches film review site

honeycutt-hollywood-grab.jpg Kirk Honeycutt won't stop reviewing films just because he was laid off in November as chief film critic at the Hollywood Reporter. In addition to teaching a graduate course at Chapman University, he also is posting reviews at Honeycutt's Hollywood.

Former LA media scribe announces a game at Fenway

gordon-edes-fenway.jpg Gordon Edes, ex-national baseball writer for the Los Angeles Times (and before that beat writer on the Dodgers and Kings), did an entire Red Sox game at the mic.

New hire for LAT Sacramento bureau comes with Pulitzer

It's Paige St. John, who won the Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting last year in Florida. Read today's newsroom announcement.

KPFK morphs 'The Music Never Stops' into something newer

barry-smolin.jpg Barry Smolin's show devoted to the music of the Grateful Dead and beyond was on the air at KPFK from 1995 until slipping into hiatus a few months ago. "The Head Room" debuts Friday at 10 p.m.

The successful life pursuits of ex-newspaper people

A laid-off newsman starts Newspaper Alum to tell the stories of those who have blazed a new path. Plus: Relaunch for the food site Zester Daily.

If it seems that Vin Scully repeats himself, well he does

vin-scully-lifemag.jpg A writer at the Baseball Prospectus website has logged how many times Vin Scully has told the same story abut Giants catcher Buster Posey in the last four years. The most recurring anecdote has come up eleven times. Some others as many as nine or ten. But so what?

Press Club awards given out last night

Journalists of the year are Larry Mantle of KPCC, Chuck Henry and Tara Wallis Firestone of NBC 4, Kim Masters and Alex Ben Block of the Hollywood Reporter, Chris Hedges from Truthdig, Francine Orr of the Los Angeles Times and Richard Clough of the LA Business Journal. Bob Woodward didn't come but took part via Skype. Link is inside to the full and very long list of winners.

John Bogert, voice of the South Bay, steps away with cancer

john-bogert-bird.jpg John Bogert figures he has written 6,500 or so columns for the South Bay Daily Breeze since he became the paper's columnist in 1984. In his final column, running today and accompanied by a story, he says the colon cancer he told readers about a couple of years ago has essentially won. He is off treatment, and also off the Daily Breeze payroll.

Another ex-LA Times editor joins The Wrap

JonThurberHeadshot.jpg Jon Thurber, who left the Los Angeles Times recently after 40 years or so in the newsroom, is joining The Wrap as a senior editor. He will be reunited there with Lisa Fung, the executive editor. They were colleagues in the Calendar section at the Times for some years.

LAT confirms Wallace leaving; Riccardi lands at AP

Los Angeles Times foreign editor Bruce Wallace is indeed leaving town for his native Montreal, as we noted last night. Nicholas Riccardi, whose exit we posted on Monday, will cover politics for AP. We have details.

$50,000 reward offered in slaying of Jim Rainey's brother

The City Council has approved a $50,000 reward for information on the May 31 murder of chiropractor Robert Rainey at his office in Palms. James Rainey, the media writer at the Los Angeles Times, spoke this morning about his brother at a press conference at the scene. Watch the video.

Baquets in new life: reading T.S. Eliot on the subway

Former Los Angeles Times editor Dean Baquet and his wife, the author Dylan Landis, were snapped recently while riding the subway in New York, where he is now a managing editor at the New York Times. "He is reading 'A Guide to the Selected Poems of T. S. Eliot,' by B.C. Southam. She is reading 'Selected Poems,' by T. S. Eliot.," says the posting at The Underground New York Public Library.

Road rage attack video took the long way to LA

The video showing the assault on a Los Angeles freeway driver near downtown only got in the hands of authorities — and seen by you — because of an unemployed croupier and casino dealer across the Atlantic — and an alert food writer at the LA Weekly.

LA Weekly editor takes a little shot at Jonathan Gold *

SarahFenskeHeadshot.jpg "We needed someone who could be critical when it was called for, and who had no loyalties, and who was not interested in befriending the city's chefs," says Sarah Fenske. "We needed someone fearless."

Next to leave LA Times: top foreign editor

Bruce Wallace appears headed back to his native Montreal to edit a policy journal. Meanwhile, newly retired LAT veteran Craig Turner has pointed analysis of the Laurie Ochoa and John Corrigan moves from earlier today, and criticism of LAT editor Davan Maharaj.
ochoa-donnelly-slake.jpg Business editor John Corrigan gets the AME slot for arts and entertainment, while Ochoa — the former LA Weekly editor who is married to Jonathan Gold — becomes Arts and Entertainment Editor reporting to Corrigan. TV critic Mary McNamara also gets a new title.

Anita Busch opposes bail for Pellicano

anita-busch-thr-2012.jpg It was ten years ago today that Los Angeles Times reporter Anita Busch found a dead fish on her car. There was a rose in the fish's mouth and a note that said: "Stop." She took it as a warning about her reporting — and she was right. Her life now is all about exposing corruption, she tells the Hollywood Reporter.

Matt Groening ends 'Life in Hell,' a piece of LA media lore

life-in-hell-final-crop.jpg Cartoonist Rob Tornoe, writing for Poynter, gives the capsule history this way: Groening's strip began running in Wet Magazine in 1978, then moved to the LA Reader, then to LA Weekly and into syndication in more than 250 papers. Then came the Simpson's.

Andrew Sarris, film critic was 83

Andrew Sarris, the former film critic for the Village Voice and the New York Observer who died Wednesday morning, taught American moviegoers to obsess about directors.

Subtract another film critic from the club

Stephanie Zacharek will be laid off as chief critic at Movieline on July 13. The news, reported earlier by Matt Singer at IndieWire, has set off fresh concern about the future viability of film criticism as an actual career, or even as a job.

Another LA Times departure

There's a new trickle of newsroom exits going on at the Los Angeles Times. The same day that editor Davan Maharaj announced that entertainment editor Sallie Hofmeister would be moving on, former Denver bureau chief Nicholas Riccardi sent his colleagues a nice if brief newsroom farewell.

Sallie Hofmeister exits LA Times, Curley joins Register

Ever since Davan Maharaj became LAT editor, the newsroom has waited to learn whether arts and entertainment editor Sallie Hofmesiter would move up, leave or carry on. She's leaving. The Register's hiring of new media guru Rob Curley will create more buzz in the greater newspaper world.

Ex-Kings broadcasters admit to some tears this week

dustin-brown-bob-miller-alcorn.jpg Tom Hoffarth, the sports media columnist for the Daily News, checked in with the small club of broadcasters who used to do Los Angeles Kings games during the team's 45 years of losing before this season.

Spencer Beck editing an LA magazine again

laconfidential-cover-summer2012.jpg Spencer Beck, the editor of Los Angeles magazine from 1997-2000, has been named editor-in-chief of Los Angeles Confidential.

Plaschke finally gets it

As he stood in Staples Center on Monday night and absorbed the emotion in the building, and truly realized what the Kings accomplished, the LA Times' Bill Plaschke got religion.

Bob Miller lifts the Stanley Cup *

bob-miller-cup.jpg Longtime Los Angeles Kings broadcaster Bob Miller got his turn with the Stanley Cup last night at Staples Center. More celebration photos from Rich Hammond at LA Kings Insider.

LA journo on being groped by teacher at NYC school

kate-aurthur-mug.jpg Kate Aurthur, the West Coast Editor of The Daily Beast, personally endorses a story in Sunday's New York Times about sexual abuse by teachers at an exclusive New York private school, Horace Mann. That's because she spoke to the story's writer, Amos Kamil, and editor, Ariel Kaminer, about her own groping by a teacher with a reputation while she was a student.

Free tix: Frank Deford in conversation with John Salley

Frank-DeFord-book-jacket.jpg Frank Deford, the senior contributing writer at Sports Illustrated and weekly commentator for NPR’s “Morning Edition” — he recently read commentary number 1500 — will be in town this week to talk about his new memoir, "Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter."
car-talk-guys.jpg As of this fall, Tom and Ray Magliozzi will stop recording new "Car Talk" shows for NPR. The archived shows will go into syndication, the network announced. Let the brothers explain.

Martin Sheen, Pauley Perrette to hand out Press Club trophies

martin-sheen-kurtz.jpg With the June 24 banquet at the Biltmore honoring Watergate reporting legends Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the LA Press Club lined up Martin Sheen to give them the President's Award.

Fired Good staffers vow to start new magazine

good-staff-friedman.jpg The eight editors and designer who lost their jobs last week at Good magazine (or opted out) posted a message in which they admit to being scared about the lack of income, and their regret that some of them may have to move out of Los Angeles. But they also wish Good well in its new direction, and say they intend to work together as a team one more time on a magazine concept that has a name. Plus: Good explains the firings.

NBC 4 names new VP of News

todd-mokhtari.jpg The vacant position at the top of the Channel 4 newsroom is going to Todd Mokhtari, who has been at KIRO-TV in Seattle but is a former managing editor at KNBC.

Dorothy Lucey talks about leaving Fox 11 - on Channel 5

lucey-reynolds-edwards.jpg Dorothy Lucey, let go last month as the longtime co-host on Fox 11's "Good Day LA" show, talked about it this morning on rival station KTLA's morning show. Go inside to watch her video clip.

KCRW's Liza Richardson surfs with fashion and one arm

liza-richardson-surfer.jpg Fashion magazine Marie Claire devotes a one-page photo feature in the June issue to Liza Richardson, the longtime KCRW DJ and music supervisor for movies and TV. The angle is that she also surfs. But then a blog noticed the photo editing.

LA Times editor hacked on Twitter again

davan-maharaj.jpg This time I was included in the direct messages sent from the account of Davan Maharaj, the editor of the Los Angeles Times and recent adopter of Twitter. "Hi someone is posting terrible things about you," the message said, with a link. Same as the last time Maharaj was hacked, about a week ago. Read latest

'You were lucky, Hershiser'

si-hershiser.jpg Josh Suchon, the former post-game broadcaster for the Dodgers, is now blogging with a friend in Northern California. He tells a nice story on himself that along the way sheds some light on the relationships between fans, reporters and sports figures.

Jim Rainey posts nice tribute to slain brother

James Rainey, the Los Angeles Times media reporter, posted to Facebook and tweeted a nice piece about his brother. Robert Rainey, the Palms chiropractor who was discovered beaten to death in his Venice Boulevard office on May 31, was a well-known runner in the LA area. The Raineys grew up in Malibu.

Staff massacre at Good magazine

good-mag-cover-summer2012.jpg On Thursday night, Los Angeles-based Good threw a party at Atwater Crossing for its latest issue. On Friday, executive editor Ann Friedman and at least five other editors got the axe, pretty much clearing out the top levels of the Los Angeles editorial office. Here's what we know.

Friday media notes

road-and-track-covers.jpg Road and Track leaving Southern California, Jo Mora map on "Patt Morrison," LA's tweeting scanner monitor, Charlie Tuna and more.

Jose Rios, ex-Channel 11 news director, retires from Fox TV

jose-rios-fox.png Rios, who had been the news director at Channel 2 in Los Angeles before going to Fox 11, where he became the top news executive, moved over a year ago to a corporate job as vice president of digital news applications at Fox Television Stations. He's retiring from there and he got an extended sendoff on the air during this morning's "Good Day LA" from hosts Steve Edwards and Jillian Reynolds.

Daily Journal editor kudos on McCourt investigation

David Houston, the editor of the Los Angeles Daily Journal, has some nice words in a newsroom note this morning for departing reporter Casey Sullivan (see today's LA Observed Morning Buzz) and for reporter Ben Adlin. The latter scribe gets credit from the boss for yesterday's scoop on the federal investigation of former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt. Read the memo

Dodgers show off Vin Scully bobblehead

Vin-Scully-Bobblehead.jpg The Dodgers yesterday afternoon kindly sent out PR images of the first Vin Scully bobblehead doll. Here you go - bigger inside.

US Soccer honors Grahame Jones

The Los Angeles Times' longtime soccer writer, Grahame L. Jones, gets a nice honor this week from the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Claudia Laffranchi, Swiss journalist in LA was 49

claudia-laffranchi.jpg Claudia Laffranchi was part of the colony of overseas journalists who cover Hollywood for global media outlets and participate in related events. She was, for instance, the host and master of ceremonies of the Locarno Film Festival’s screenings. Laffranchi was found dead Tuesday in her Los Angeles-area apartment.
lucey-reynolds-edwards.jpg Jillian Reynolds apologized to Dorothy Lucey for the bad things she has said about her "Good Day L.A." co-host all these years. Then they exchanged "I love yous" and hugged. "The most painful TV you'll watch all day: Jillian and Dorothy's cringe-worthy farewell and fake tears," TV Guide's Michael Schneider said.

What Tom Lutz of LA Review of Books reads every day

tom-lutz-che.jpg The Chronicle of Higher Education's Pageview blog asked Tom Lutz how his daily reading has changed since he began editing and publishing the Los Angeles Review of Books. There are some things he no longer has time for, his morning ritual now includes Google Analytics, and he includes LA Observed prominently in his blog reading. More

LAT's Randy Harvey leaves for sports job in Houston *

The Houston Chronicle announced this morning that Los Angeles Times associate editor Randy Harvey is joining the paper as sports columnist. Harvey was a longtime sports writer, editor and columnist before becoming a masthead editor under Russ Stanton at the LAT.

Dorothy Lucey out as Fox 11's 'Good Day LA' reboots

dorothy-lucey.jpg The morning show on Channel 11 has kept the same chemistry since 1995 or so, except that it became clearer through the years that Steve Edwards' female co-hosts didn't much like each other. Now Lucey's contract was not renewed, Jillian Reynolds will switch to freelance status, and on-air auditions will be held. Details

Chuck Philips: I was right, LA Times was wrong

chuck-philips-laweekly.jpg The former Pulitzer winner at the LA Times elaborates for the first time on the paper's 2008 retraction of his story on the killing of Tupac Shakur, why he thinks the decision was wrong then, and what has happened in the case — and to him — since. The Times stands by its full front-page retraction of Philips' story.

Evelyn Taft is there, and you're not

evelyn-taft-bed-ps.jpg Channel 9 weathercaster Evelyn Taft tweeted her 5,000-plus Twitter followers a personal note this afternoon from Palm Springs. Included was a pic of her reclining on a hotel room bed.

Zuckerberg updates status to 'Married'

zuckerberg-married-timeline.jpg Instead of the Saturday graduation party they thought they were attending, invited guests at Mark Zuckerberg's home in Palo Alto saw the Facebook founder and his longtime girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, get married.

Stan Lee cancels on Times' film festival

hero-complex-poster.jpg Stan Lee was supposed to be the center of attention on the final day of the Hero Complex Film Festival this weekend in Downtown. But his people say the 89-year-old comic book icon is clearing his schedule. The festival will now end a day earlier, on Sunday. Read more

Does anyone care where Jim Rome does his gabbing?

jim-rome-faux-set.jpg Sports talker Jim Rome's CBS Sports TV show depicts him in front of a window that appears to look down on Staples Center and across at the Los Angeles downtown skyline. As if he were in the Marriott or one of the other buildings at LA Live. Well, he's not. Daily News sports columnist Tom Hoffarth is concerned enough about this to do some checking.

LA Times kills the Sunday magazine — again

latimes-east-face-tighter.jpg Admittedly, many Los Angeles Times print subscribers didn't know the Times still printed a magazine every month. Even some high-income Zip codes didn't receive it with any regularity. But now the magazine is gone again. Here's the memo from LAT president Kathy Thomson.

Steve Wasserman moves to Yale Press, signs Greil Marcus book

stevewassermantruthdig.jpg Steve Wasserman, the former longtime books editor at the Los Angeles Times (back in the years when the paper had a Sunday book review section), is giving up the agenting game to become a full-time editor at large for Yale University Press. His first acquisition for Yale is "an intimate history of rock ‘n’ roll" by Greil Marcus.

Rich Buhler, Christian talk radio pioneer was 65

rich-buhler.jpg A former newshand at KFWB, Buhler moved into the Christian broadcasting side of radio in 1980. He did his final "Talk From the Heart" show on KBRT/740 AM in Costa Mesa last Sept. 16 due to advancing cancer of the pancreas.

WeHo News goes away for awhile, comes back

ryan-gierach-wehonews.jpg The online newspaper WeHo News apparently shut down March 1 and now has returned. The hiatus was due to founder and editor Ryan Gierach checking himself into residential rehab to quit drinking.
lara-logan-cbs-grab5712.jpg It's not just Lara Logan. The presence of Anderson Cooper probably helps too. But it's an interesting ratings trend. "The oldest newsmagazine on television," writes Brian Stelter in the New York Times, "might have figured out how to halt the aging process."
Jon Thurber, the Los Angeles Times book editor since 2010, is leaving the paper at the end of the summer. He's one of the few remaining 40-year employees. The note from editor Davan Maharaj is silent on what Thurber may be going off to do, or on the future of the books staff. Read the memo inside.

Yet Lock retires from City News Service after 40 years

yet-lock.jpg Lock, the executive vice president of City News Service, came to the local wire service from the mayor's office. Mayor Sam Yorty — in 1972. This makes him "possibly the longest-serving news executive in Southern California," CNS says in a release.

Kings have a good night — and How

kings-blues-focus-hhow.jpg They got to play at home Thursday night for the first time since forcing their way into the second round of the NHL playoffs — and they didn't disappoint the standing-room crowd of screaming fans at Staples Center. You know who also had a great night? Photographer Harry How of Getty Images.

Best evidence yet of the LA Weekly's riots effort in '92 *

Judgment_Day_0592-2.jpg After reading that the LA Weekly itself could not turn up an archive copy of the paper's first issue after the riots in 1992, Los Angeles magazine editor-in-chief Mary Melton dug out her copy and posted it. "The issue was a thoughtful, impressive undertaking, featuring some of the finest journalists L.A. has known," she writes.

NYT eats tacos with OC's Gustavo Arellano

gustavo-arellano-nyt-mitla-ak.jpg The dateline is San Bernardino, where followers of Arellano's taco chronicles know is the home of Mitla Cafe, the Route 66 roadhouse where Taco Bell reportedly got its original taco recipe.

Ralph Lawler of the Clippers and the age of Aquarius

RalphLawler-kcrw.jpg Here's a side of Clippers' play-by-play man Ralph Lawler that you probably didn't know. The 1960s stage musical "Hair" changed his life. He's this week's guest DJ on KCRW.

LA Times writers revisit their '92 riots observations

LAT-A1-May-1-1992-crop.jpg Some days after the 1992 riots had begun to calm down, LA Times editors selected some of the staff's writers to produce first-person stories about what the violence meant to them as Angelenos. On Saturday, the Times ran fresh pieces from Patt Morrison, Elaine Woo, Greg Braxton and, sitting in for George Ramos — who died last year — Hector Tobar. They are good — go read them.
shelby-coffey-mug.jpg One of the milestones of LA Times lore from Shelby Coffey's era as editor was his use of scissors to repel rioters trying to climb through a smashed window in the LAT Magazine's first-floor suite. He writes about the episode at the Daily Beast.

20 years since the riots with Warren Olney and 'Which Way, LA?'

warren-olney-2007-marc-goldstein.jpg There has been so much terrific journalism published and aired and posted around the twentieth anniversary of the 1992 riots. It's been an especially awesome week for "Which Way, LA?", started by KCRW right after the riots with Warren Olney providing the steady hand.

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 4.25.12

Enthusing about those Hollywood arson fires, Villaraigosa vs Jerry Brown, Fred Karger's Sexy Frisbee video kicked off YouTube, a condom billboard in Van Nuys and Blogdowntown's original blogger leaves town.

Bruce Brugmann steps down from Bay Guardian

nude_beaches_banner.jpg Up in San Francisco today the 1960s survivor, the Bay Guardian, announced that co-publishers Bruce Brugmann and Jean Dibble "are stepping down from day-to-day operations at the paper." The Bay Guardian appeared on the streets in 1966, before the Summer of Love.

Breitbart died of steak and DNA, not left-wing conspiracy

andrew-breitbart-dies.jpg The news late last week from the LA County coroner must have hit some of Andrew Breitbart's more conspiracy-minded fans hard, kind of like the dissonance felt by the followers of that old clergyman who keeps proclaiming — then surviving — the end of the world. He died at 43 of heart disease and hardening of the arteries, the coroner concluded. Andrew did like his steak.
amanda-hesser-mug.jpg Amanda Hesser, the former New York Times food writer who made a cameo in the movie "Julia and Julia," writes on her current website, Food 52, that she used to always give encouragement to would-be writers who contacted her. Then she felt she had to stop feeding, so to speak, their hopes. It's about the market for writers.

Register replaces one interim publisher with another

Ken Brusic, editor and senior vice president of The Orange County Register, was named interim publisher Tuesday, succeeding the interim publisher who got the temporary job last year

Read the memo: LAT publisher congratulates non-winners

latentrance.jpg The paper was shut out in the Pulitzers (or beaten by the Huffington Post, if you prefer) but columnist Steve Lopez and photographers Carolyn Cole, Brian van der Brug and Francine Orr were finalists.

Huffington Post wins Pulitzer Prize for national reporting

Talk about a new era at the Pulitzers. The Huffington Post just won its first Pulitzer Prize, in the national reporting category for David Wood's 10-part series on the lives of severely wounded veterans and their families. "We are delighted and deeply honored by the award, which recognizes both David’s exemplary piece of purposeful journalism and HuffPost's commitment to original reporting that affects both the national conversation and the lives of real people," said Arianna Huffington. Politico's political cartoonist Matt Wuerker, who is from Los Angeles, wins too. Click for list of winners.

Publicist Michael Sands dies after choking on sample at Gelson's

The Hollywood publicist choked on a meat sample at the Gelson's in Century City on March 24 and died after two weeks in the hospital, The Wrap reports.

Vin Scully misses Dodger Stadium opener

vin-scully-lifemag.jpg The Dodgers put out the word that 84-year-old broadcaster has a cold and isn't at this afternoon's first home game of the season. First time since '77.

Neda film to show at Cannes

neda-still.jpg Los Angeles filmmaker and actress Nicole Kian Sadighi's short film on the killing in Tehran of Neda Agha-Soltan will be shown at the American Pavilion during the Cannes Film Festival in May.

Olbermann sues Current TV, seeks $70 million

olbermann-1988.jpg He accuses Al Gore and Joel Hyatt of reneging on agreements and bungling the television channel. Current calls the allegations "false and malicious."

George Lewis on covering wars for NBC

george+lewis+press+card.jpg George Lewis, the recently retired NBC News correspondent in Los Angeles, reflects on the wars he has covered and a career "running toward the guns."

Architecture critic Paul Goldberger jumps to Vanity Fair

Goldberger had been at the New Yorker since leaving the New York Times, where he won a Pulitzer Prize, in 1997. Is this the end for architecture at the New Yorker?

Rex Babin, Bee editorial cartoonist was 49

rex+babin+at+desk.jpg The Sacramento Bee announced the death of the paper's editorial cartoonist on Friday of cancer.

Dulce makes peace with the leering day laborers at Starbucks

dulce-starbucks.jpg Dulce Vasquez, the managing director of Zócalo Public Square, says hello and defuses the situation.

Joe Kimberling, magazine art director was 46

joe_kimberling+dipaolo.jpg Kimberlng, the art director of Los Angeles magazine from 2000 to 2009, died Thursday of complications from cancer.

Chuck Hollis, assignment desk editor was 76

chuck+hollis.jpg A memorial service is set for April 4 at Hollywood Forever for "the coolest news cat in town" and a revered figure at KCAL 9.

LA Times editor praises his team's Dodgers sale coverage

On the night the Dodgers sale was announced, I noted how it was unfortunate that the LA Times website was a little behind the news after baseball writer Bill Shaikin...

Suzanne Rico discovers Skid Row

san+julian+rico.jpg Suzanne Rico, the former morning co-anchor on Channel 2 who hit the road after losing her job two years ago, is back living in the Los Angeles area and blogging....

KPCC spoofs the public radio species

Video on the endangered species of public radio includes John Rabe, Larry Mantle and Patt Morrison poking fun at themselves.

Lou Grant regaling the LA Daily News staff

asner+at+daily+news.jpg Fun photo of Ed Asner with city room staffers circa 1980 — and plans for a big reunion of Daily News alumni.

Journalist explains young Filipino wife is not what you think

haldane+wife.jpg David Haldane, a former reporter for the Los Angeles Times, doesn't blame you for wondering: he's a 63-year-old divorcee who had an affair, and she's 33.

Life after the LA Times, continued

ann+brenoff+huffpost.jpg Ann Brenoff, a senior writer at the Huffington Post, recounts the day three years ago when she was tapped on the shoulder to be laid off as the Hot Property...

Are Los Angeles mag's covers five years late?

ciudad-cover-new-angelenos.jpg Los Angeles magazine's cover variations on mixed-race Angelenos may not be so original.

Free tickets: Robbi Conal and David Horsey

Live Talks LA is offering LA Observed readers a pair of tickets to see David Horsey, the Los Angeles Times' new blogging political cartoonist, in conversation with artist Robbi Conal.

A recent history of the Hollywood trades

David Poland of Movie City News takes off from the news that Variety is for sale to put in a bit of jaded perspective the four media outlets he says function as the closest thing Hollywood has to trade publications.

Sherman and Berman add flacks

Schwada1.jpg John Schwada, the former Fox 11 reporter and LA Observed contributor, goes to work for Rep. Brad Sherman's campaign.

Sacramento reporter John Myers signs off public radio

JMyersgoodbye.jpg The state capital reporter and blogger for KQED in San Francisco (and by extension for other public radio stations around California) is going to be the political editor for Sacramento's ABC-TV affiliate.

KPCC turns to print again for executive editor

melanie+sill+kpcc.jpg Today the station named Melanie Sill, former editor of the Sacramento Bee, as executive editor.

Frank Bruni, ex-NYT food critic, blogs about his gout

porterhouse-bruniblog-nyt.jpg Frank Bruni is the latest prominent food critic to reveal that he has been diagnosed with the painful disease called gout.

Yahoo group for LAT refugees grows

After this week's layoffs, the group started in 2008 has grown to 153 members.

Arts and Entertainment editor ankles LA Times after 40 years

Craig Turner confirms that he stepped forward for a buyout and will be retiring from the Los Angeles Times.

LA Times layoffs begin and more media notes

Longtime health writer Shari Roan gets a call at home to tell her she's out, plus Laurie Ochoa joins The Hollywood Reporter and Slate's Culture Gabfest is in town. And more.

Al Martinez exhibit opens Saturday at the Huntington

martinez-huntington.jpg The Daily News columnist who spent decades at the Los Angeles Times and writing books and TV scripts is being celebrated in an exhibit of his work it the West Hall of the Huntington Library.

Best commentary on Greg Smith's exit from Goldman Sachs

Kai Ryssdal opened Wednesday's "Marketplace" from American Public Media with a stunning personal announcement — he was leaving as host of the show.

Ex-Brentwood Patch editor finally explains his firing

BrentwoodCincoPatch.jpg He was fired for a satirical cartoon skewering Brentwood's white residents that AOL Patch editors deemed "blatantly racist."

Jonathan Gold's LAT titles become official: he's a columnist

When Jonathan Gold returns to the Los Angeles Times this month, he will be both food critic and columnist.

Andy Rooney's typewriter joins Soboroff collection *

andy-rooney-typing-soboroff.jpg The Underwood manual typewriter that the late CBS newsman Andy Rooney used at home was sold this weekend in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Kaus: I thought we'd all be working for Breitbart someday

Mickey Kaus, a Democrat who was one of right-wing web mogul Andrew Breitbart's friends from across the ideological aisle, writes at the Daily Caller that Breitbart always believed the charges...

There's a new Wonkette in town

rebecca-wonkette.jpg Rebecca Schoenkopf, the former editor of the CityBeat weekly in Los Angeles and a longtime blogger as Commie Girl (as well as other journalistic pursuits) is the new editor of Wonkette

Vickie Burns out as NBC 4 VP for news

VickieBurns-nbc.jpg Read the memo: Channel 4's news chief is headed back east.

Register lays off its Latina columnist *

yvette+cabrera+ocr.jpg Yvette Cabrera, voted last year's best OC columnist by the Orange County Press Club, was laid off today by the Register, according to the Latino Journalists of California, where she is the president.

Former LA media person plays 'Jeopardy'

rosenblatt+jeopardy.jpg Susannah Rosenblatt, a Los Angeles Times staff writer for five years until 2009 (part of that time on the county beat) who is now living inside the Beltway, will appear on "Jeopardy" on Thursday night.

Mormons baptize Daniel Pearl in proxy ritual *

daniel-pearl-magnet-school.jpg The last words of the Los Angeles-raised reporter for the Wall Street Journal, before he was murdered by his captors in Pakistan in 2002, were "I am Jewish."

Jonathan Gold also debuts at Smithsonian

The March issue of Smithsonian introduces Jonathan Gold as the magazine's new food columnist, and he writes about LA food trucks.

Los Angeles Mag's Mary Melton gets added duties

mary+melton+laane.jpg Mary Melton, the editor of Los Angeles magazine, will add the title of editorial director for parent Emmis Publishing a year from now on April 1, 2013.

Christiane Amanpour's on-air tribute to Marie Colvin

Plus the comments from CBS' Lara Logan.

Richard Simmons to be on 'Off-Ramp' this weekend

kevin+ferguson+simmons.jpg OK, I only mention this so I can use this picture of Simmons with "Off-Ramp" producer Kevin Ferguson, who is so clearly enjoying this field assignment, don't you think?

Jerry Roberts may finally have won in Santa Barbara

Jerry_Roberts.jpg A state Court of Appeal has affirmed an arbitrator's ruling that Wendy McCaw owes former News-Press editor Jerry Roberts $900,000 for all the crap she has put him through.

LA Weekly posts Jonathan Gold's job - and loses another

Jonathan Gold's new job at the LA Times includes front page pieces on culture — while the LA Weekly also loses Elina Shatkin to Los Angeles Magazine.

Marie Colvin, American reporter killed in Syria

colvin-sunday-times.jpg Marie Colvin of the U.K. Sunday Times and French photographer Remi Ochlik have been killed while reporting in Homs, Syria. From a statement by John Witherow, editor of The...

LA Weekly confirms: Jonathan Gold leaving for LA Times *

The entreaties from Village Voice Media executive Mike Lacey didn't work. LA Weekly editor Sarah Fenske posts on the LA Weekly website.

This is weird: Village Voice blog says Gold to LAT, citing us *

A food blogger for the Village Voice misread our latest post on Jonathan Gold and wished Gold the best of success at the LA Times, saying that LA Observed confirmed the move. Except, of course, we didn't.

Jonathan Gold finds himself in a good spot

jonathangold-100.jpg It will be interesting to see how persuasive Village Voice money is at this stage, and how much, if any, the Times is sweetening its offer. If you're Gold, a bidding war is a nice place to be.

President's Day holiday news and notes

Stephen Colbert returns, the WGA honors "Midnight in Paris" and "The Descendants," LA Times moves, Will Lewis reups for another term as president of the LA Press Club, and more media notes.

Alex Cohen's week with Leonard Cohen

l+cohen+npr.jpg The KPCC afternoon host mentions meeting Leonard on a Buddhist retreat, before she know who he was.

Patrick McDonnell: 'No one better at it than Anthony Shadid' *

shadid-100.jpg Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent Patrick J. McDonnell tells a horrific story in his online tribute to the New York Times' Anthony Shadid.

Coup for the LA Times: Jonathan Gold coming back?

gold+pulitzer+lunch.jpg The popular and respected food writer Jonathan Gold was spotted shaking hands in the Los Angeles Times building yesterday. The buzz is that he will rejoin the paper shortly after his upcoming Gold Standard tasting event, but the Weekly would like to keep him.

Jane Yamamoto back on the air

jane+yamamoto+fox11.jpg Reporter Jane Yamamoto and Fox 11 went their separate ways in November, and now she's reporting for CBS.

Standing while brown in Beverly Hills

Lalo Alcaraz takes umbrage after a "white lady" approached him twice outside a Mexican restaurant and tried to give him her valet parking ticket.

John and Ken suspended over remarks about Whitney Houston *

KFI said today it is suspending the popular talk show pair "for making insensitive and inappropriate comments about the late Whitney Houston." They called her a "crack ho."

LA's journalist pool sucks, Janice Min implies

Interesting remarks by Hollywood Reporter editorial director Janice Min at Mediabistro via Fishbowl LA.

New president named for LA Newspaper Group

Jack Klunder, the publisher of the Daily News, Daily Breeze and Press-Telegram, has just been promoted to president of the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Jeffrey Kaye, journalist was 57

Jeffrey Kaye worked at the San Jose Mercury News, Los Angeles Herald Examiner and The Hollywood Reporter, and wrote for TV Guide and the Los Angeles Times.

Jeffrey Zaslow, Wall Street Journal columnist was 53

jeffrey-zaslow-wsjgrab.jpg Zaslow, a longtime Wall Street Journal writer and the author of books on Gabby Gifford, Chesley Sullenberger and last lecture professor Randy Pausch, died Friday of injuries suffered in a car crash.

Alycia Lane back in court in Philadelphia

alycia-lane-philly-file.jpg The Channel 4 anchor was in Philly pursuing her lawsuit against CBS and a former co-anchor who snooped in her email. She claims he damaged her career, though the backstory includes plenty of signs that Lane may have helped her own downfall.

Media notes and a lady in gold

anne+marie+oconnor+cover.jpg Former L.A. Times reporter Anne-Marie O'Connor's book on the Adele Bloch-Bauer painting lands, Louise Roug returns from Denmark, paidContent sells, Sam Rubin reups plus a name for Aaron Sorkin's HBO newsroom and more.

Vin Scully on working: 'I don't want to lose my friends'

vin-scully-golf-digest.jpg The Dodgers announcer on golf, books and why he can't retire at age 84 in an interesting interview in Golf Digest.

Nice personal take on saving Los Encinos park

lang-oak-lapl.jpg Editor Rob Eshman calls the Encino State Historic Park threatened with closure his personal retreat growing up in the neighborhood.

Here's an idea: old media should be allowed to collude

news-boxes-lat-dn.jpg The best hope for newspapers online is a temporary, narrow anti-trust exemption to let publishers collude on a web pay wall, says a former reporter now at UCLA Law School.

Video: When Mayor Riordan was looking for a job

He shows up at the Lakers training gym going up against Rick Fox, and at the LAPD asking then-Chief Bernard Parks for a detective job, in this 2001 video spoof.

Babes of NPR, the photos

babes-of-npr-panel.jpg The blogger at Babes of NPR on Tumblr doesn't require that the photo subjects actually work for NPR. Any association with public radio will do.

Mike Kelley told Artillery he was 'having a really hard time'

mike-kelley-artiellery.jpg Artillery founder Tulsa Kinney has posted her interview in the magazine with Mike Kelley, possibly the last interview with the artist who apparently killed himself at home in South Pasadena earlier this week.

Afternoon politics notes

Jefrey Katzenberg, Berman-Sherman, Prop. 8 and a reporter moves back to the LA City Hall beat.

The LA media guys behind lost Ed Wood TV pilot

duke_confused_stage.jpg The restored "Final Curtain" screened to an appreciative audience last month at Slamdance, where the two men got to talk about Wood.

Zell throws a hundred grand Karl Rove's way

In the last presidential election, Tribune Company boss Sam Zell's most prominent statement about politics — other than "it's unAmerican not to like pussy" — was that his preferred candidate would be "anybody but Clinton."

Dodger Thoughts blog goes indie

jon+weisman+mug.jpg Jon Weisman's "outlet for dealing psychologically with the Los Angeles Dodgers and baseball" has left ESPN for life on its own.

Times employees' suit over Zell deal officially wrapped

dan-neil.jpg In the long legal fight over Sam Zell's dubious use of employee funds to acquire control of Tribune, the good guys have won, more or less.

Vin Scully collects another trophy *

Scully-miller-scsb-hoo.jpg Mister Los Angeles, getting ready for his 63rd season in the Dodgers press box, is the local sports broadcasters' choice for best radio play by play. Oh, you think?

'SoCal Connected' housing stories to get top Press Club award

hacla-grab-scc.jpg KCET's weekly news show "SoCal Connected" will receive this year's Public Service Award from the Los Angeles Press Club for exposing "lavish and out of control spending at the Los Angeles Housing Authority.

Los Angeles Magazine editor on LA, buses and the Times

mary+melton+laane.jpg Since taking over as editor of Los Angeles in 2009, Mary Melton has "continued to push the publication beyond its former Westside comfort zone into the far corners of our megalopolis," says The Frying Pan News, the city and politics website from the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy.

LA Times bureau chief in New York signs off

Geraldine Baum's farewell note to the Times newsroom reminds you what a collegial family a newspaper is to its inhabitants

Now this is a quick and dirty book review

taco-usa-cover.jpg OC Weekly editor Gustavo Arellano's new book, "Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America," was just praised by Publishers Weekly as one of the top cookbooks of the spring crop. That would be nicer for the author if it were a cookbook.

Brian Williams sends off George Lewis on 'Nightly News'

After 42 years (28 of them in Los Angeles), George Lewis' last day at work at NBC was today, not yesterday.

Ex-Register reporter turns childhood rage into National Book Award

ThanhhaLai-ocm.jpg Former Orange County Register reporter Thanhha Lai "spent 15 years grinding away at a sprawling novel she could never quite get right. So, five years ago, she turned her creative energies to a verse novel about a single year in her childhood as a Vietnamese émigré."

KPCC hires Russ Stanton, ex LAT editor, as VP of content

It's unclear whether this was in the works when Russ Stanton stepped down as editor of the Los Angeles Times in December.

George Lewis retiring from NBC after 42 years *

george-lewis-nbc-portrait.jpg George Lewis, the venerable NBC News correspondent in Los Angeles, is hanging up his microphone on January 31. What's he doing today, on his last day in the field? Covering the Oscar nominations.

Dennis McCarthy taking his leave from Daily News

dennis+mccartthy+DN.jpg "It's been 40 years since I took a vow of poverty and became a newspaperman," Dennis McCarthy writes in his column announcing he will retire from the Daily News on January 31.

David Goldstein to be honored by Press Club

david_goldstein_cbs2.jpg The board of directors of the Los Angeles Press Club selected CBS2/KCAL9 investigative reporter David Goldstein for this year's Joseph M. Quinn Memorial Award for journalistic achievement and distinction.

Dean Murphy on his, and his sons', coping with loss

Those of you who remember Dean E. Murphy from his days reporting around town for the Los Angeles Times might want to take note of the piece he has in the Modern Love column in Sunday's New York Times.

The humble but iconic SigAlert to be feted today

sigmon-portrait2.gif This morning at 9 a.m., Councilman Tom LaBonge and others will gather at the Caltrans building in Downtown to celebrate the first use of Loyd Sigman's SigAlert system.

Top (and bottom) TV sports anchors or reporters per Hoffarth

patrickoneal+with+mom.jpg Curt Sandoval of Channel 7 tops Daily News columnist Tom Hoffarth's annual list of the top 10 sports anchors and reporters on Los angeles television. A local female reporter leads his bottom ten list.

Geraldo coming to KABC talk radio after all

geraldo-fox-grab.jpg Cheech Marin will be the first guest on the new Gerald Rivera show that debuts Monday at 10 a.m.

Ron Grover jumps to Reuters *

The longtime Business Week correspondent in Hollywood is leaving Bloomberg BusinessWeek to be the Los Angeles bureau chief for Reuters.

The Economist's man in Los Angeles

andreas+kluth+zocalo.jpg If he didn’t work at The Economist, Andreas Kluth "would still be precisely the type of cosmopolitan his magazine would want as a reader," Andrés Martinez writes for Zócalo Public Square.

KPFK shuffles the afternoon lineup

kpfk.jpg The Pacifica station builds around Truthdig Radio and also announces a new backup generator on Mount Wilson to guard against outages.

Paula Deen confirms diabetes and endorsement deal

The Southern TV chef known for her Krispy Kreme doughnut bread pudding and similar recipes went on "Today" to explain that she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes three years ago.

Why Boing Boing will go dark on January 18

access-denied-flickr.jpg Pioneering and wildly popular Los Angeles-based blog Boing Boing will take down all content temporarily on Wednesday, Jan. 18 to protest the proposed Protect IP Act and Stop Online Piracy Act pending in Congress.

DUI charge dropped in Randy Michaels case

Just to close the circle in a story we reported earlier.