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rosey-alvero.jpg KCET debuts "SoCal Wanderer" with Rosey Alvero. The Wall Street Journal gets a new bureau chief. Plus other moves in local media.

Jonathan Gold, LA's preeminent food writer, has died at 57

jgold-scene-grab.jpg The restaurant critic, cultural anthropologist and voice of Los Angeles found out this month that he had pancreatic cancer.

New LA Times editor Pearlstine picks his deputies

soon-shiong-in-el-segundo.jpg Read the memo: Big promotion for business editor Kimi Yoshino, plus a new managing editor.
parton-holt-lapc.jpg Also: Press Club awards. The Athletic swarms Los Angeles. Moves by Jackie Johnson and David Poland. Selected tweets.
norm-pearlstine-lat-jc.jpg The journalism veteran has run Time magazine and the Wall Street Journal. He's been quietly getting to know the LAT staff as advisor to Patrick Soon-Shiong.

Soon-Shiong to staff: 'In awe of your talent'

pss-to-newsroom.jpg "California — and the West — is where the world comes to see its future," the new owner of the Los Angeles Times says to his staff.

LA Observed Notes: Soon-Shiong era at LA Times begins

times-staff-toadts-duginski.jpg Staffers toast the end of Tronc in LA and a new start with an owner who seems to care. "Fake news is the cancer of our times," Soon-Shiong says.

LA Observed Notes: Bourdain's LA, Villaraigosa fades to black

bourdain-grab-cnn.jpg Murray Fromson obits, the new police chief, slow-walking the LAT sale, media notes, selected tweets and more.

Murray Fromson, a fighter to the end

murray-fromson-usc.jpg Long after he left journalism, Murray Fromson never lost the curiosity, story telling ability and intensity that made him a top CBS television correspondent during the Vietnam War and in the domestic fight for civil rights. Fromson, 88, died Saturday.

LA Observed Notes: After the holiday weekend edition

elsa-ramon-ken-koller.jpg Long Beach doings. An exit from KCAL. Times scores big hit on USC. Trump's lying ways. Plus Linda Ronstadt, LAist, media people and selected tweets.
cathleen-decker-lat.jpg The LAT also loses sports reporter Lindsey Thiry to ESPN and previously lost White House correspondent Brian Bennett to Time.

Rights and wronged

copyright settlement2 5-18 - Copy.JPG It took 13 years, but publishers finally paid the writers they had ripped off.

LA Observed Notes: Gaza to El Segundo, Kilauea to Burbank

century-plaza-construc.jpg A shooting on camera. A local news paywall. Media notes, media people, selected tweets and more.

LA getting a TV politics show on Friday nights

elex-mich-ben-carson.jpg Fox 11 morning anchor Elex Michaelson will host the 10:30 p.m. show.

LA Times editor addresses pay gaps ahead of lawsuit

jim-kirk-latimes.jpg With the newsroom threatening a class-action lawsuit, Jim Kirk memos the staff.

KCET and PBS SoCal agree to merge

kcet-rehearsal-control.jpg The station that used to be the PBS flagship in Los Angeles — KCET — and the current flagship — PBS SoCal, or KOCE — are going to save themselves and combine in a "merger of equals."

Endangered SoCal papers plead for your help to continue

ocr-ocr-4thestate-0415-001.jpg In a surprising set of weekend pieces, the editor of the SoCal News Group and each of his papers call on readers to support local news. Or else.

Soon-Shiong moving LA Times home to El Segundo

possible-lat-elsegundo-hq-twitter.jpg It doesn't much matter where a newsroom is located — unless you work there. Then it matters a lot. Times retention and hiring may be impacted.

Guild at LA Times learns harsh reality of the pay gap

lat-salaries-graphic.gif Women and people of color knew they made less than white men doing the same jobs, but now they have the numbers. "It's so grim to be able to mathematically quantify exactly how much my company undervalues me," says reporter Laura Nelson.

Steve Bochco, Arts District doc, Sinclair goes fake news

llama-blessing.jpg LA Observed Notes: News designer tweets the end, media moves, selected tweets and more.

The night Kirk Gibson made deadline

kirk-gibson-bobble-grab.jpg Ron Rapoport: Gibson performed two heroic acts that night he hit THE home run in the World Series.
lariver-rendering-curbed.jpg LA Observed Notes: Media moves, books and authors, media people, place notes and selected tweets.

Trump comes calling on LA rush hour: what do we call it?

macys-eagle-rock-rabe.jpg LA Observed Notes: Christopher Hawthorne defects, Pomona mourns, Soon-Shiong goes to the Gridiron, media moves and much more.

Soon-Shiong assures LA Times staff it's going to be OK

soon-shiong-smiling.jpg Read the memo: Buyer assures nervous newsroom he wants to "preserve the integrity, honesty and fairness we’ve observed in our decades as avid readers of the LA Times."

A reporter says farewell to his newspaper home

larry-altman-magic.jpg Larry Altman leaves the Daily Breeze after 28 years, much of that covering murder and mayhem. "For the most part, I loved being a reporter, but the job came with so much sadness and stress."

LAist saved by KPCC and our 'national disgrace' on the streets

delario-lao.jpg LA Observed Notes: Times has had it with's LA homeless response. Garcetti, Soon-Shiong, Harvey Weinstein, TV reporter runs for office, selected tweets.

Mid-week notes: Janice Min, the LA Times and a big move in Sacramento

janice-min-recode.jpg Plus: Valentine's Day cards written by LA Times staffers. Web-only crime series from KNBC. Media notes and more.

LA Observed Notes: Times' new owner is a coastal land baron

schiff-silver-lake.jpg Plus: Bed bugs in the library, more bad newspaper news, media moves and selected tweets.

KPCC names Megan Garvey as managing editor

megan-garvey-kpcc.jpg Garvey had been the top digital editor at the LA Times until the Tronc purge last year.

Dr. Soon-Shiong diagnoses the illness

greenberg-Soon-Shiong.jpg Steve Greenberg cartoon captures the new buyer of the LA Times.

Read the memo: NYT grabs a top editor from LA Times masthead

kim-murphy-lat.jpg Some in the Los Angeles Times newsroom had hoped that Kim Murphy would become the editor in chief once Patrick Soon-Shiong takes over.

Letter to the LA Times newsroom from Patrick Soon-Shiong

soon-shiong-512-tw.jpg Read the memo: The new LAT owner says buying the paper was deeply personal and he calls himself a longtime admirer of the Times journalists.

Soon-Shiong deal for LA Times goes through, Levinsohn returns*

latimes-bldg-from-corner.jpg The deal for $500 million will close in April. The Times publisher was cleared by an internal investigation.

Patrick Soon-Shiong may be close to buying LA Times

soon-shiong-smiling.jpg The deal, if reached, would end the bizarre run of Tronc and Chicago investor Michael Ferro as California media owners. Soon-Shiong comes with questions of his own.

LA Observed Notes: Long reads, short reads and more

arax-wonderful.jpg If you read one long piece today, we have a suggestion. Plus the latest LA Times chatter, media people notes, Uma Thurman speaks, selected tweets and more.

Kirk in as LA Times crisis cools a bit

latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Latest editor arrives and even gets some applause, just as a new disagreement breaks out in public over a high-profile investigation.

LA Times to get new top editor on Monday

jim-kirk-latimes.jpg Lewis D'Vorkin is out -- who didn't see that coming? -- and Jim Kirk, last year's interim editor of the LA Times from Chicago, is being rushed back to stop the madness.

Dark Matter: The radio art of Joe Frank

Joe-Frank-tapes-crop.jpg Joel Bellman: Nothing had prepared me for the hallucinatory world of Joe Frank.

Home-schooled in civics

official biz sign2 - Copy.jpg Ellen Alperstein: Being a good citizen, my parents taught me, makes America greater.

LA Times 'prince of darkness' strikes

lewis-dvorkin-lat2.jpg A stormy day began with a 5,000-piece in CJR and ended with the Business editor walked out of the building, at least temporarily.

Deep layoffs began Monday at SoCal News Group

breeze-photo-desk-osier.jpg Tom Hoffarth, the longtime Daily News sports columnist, says he is one of 10 sports staffers to lose their jobs. The Breeze lost all but one photographer, per a report.
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