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Media news and notes: LA area Emmys, Trump, jobs and more

la-area-emmys-logo.jpg NBC 4 led in the local Emmy count. Fox News vs women. Trump in the media.

Santa Barbara News-Press class of 2006

newspresstape-.jpg It has been 10 years since the owner of the Santa Barbara News-Press declared war on her own newsroom staff.

Renee Montagne to give up host seat at NPR West

renee-montagne-npr-2016.jpg NPR announced on Monday the longtime "Morning Edition" host based here in Culver City will step down after the election.

Melvin Durslag, 95, longtime LA sports columnist

durslag.jpg Durslag wrote about sports for the Hearst newspapers in Los Angeles from the time he was a freshman at USC in 1939 until the HerEx closed in 1989.

LA photog Monica Almeida takes New York Times buyout

monica-almeida-fb-profile.jpg A second veteran member of the New York Times bureau in Los Angeles is taking a buyout offer to leave the paper.

NYT's Michael Cieply named editor of Deadline

Michael-Cieply-zocalo.jpg Michael Cieply, the longtime anchor of New York Times Hollywood coverage in the Los Angeles bureau, is joining Deadline as the executive editor.

Nick Ut announces his (2017) retirement from AP Photo*

nick-ut-eye.jpg He joined the Saigon bureau of Associated Press in 1965, and has been a fixture in the LA bureau.

Politico's Mike Allen puts down his Playbook

playbook-grab.jpg After 3,304 morning newsletters since 2007, he's off to start a new media company with partners from Politico.

Media notes: LAT alum gets promoted at the NYT

marc-lacey-nyt.jpg Also a City Hall scoop by Variety, obits on Sydney Schanberg, job moves and more.

How Vin Scully's team works in the booth

scully-boyd-ib-booth-jsh.jpg Scully's secret weapon is stage manager Boyd Robertson, who stands to his right and has been with Scully 28 years.

The hijacker on Arlington Avenue

byron-booth-mkrikorian.jpg LA journalist and author Michael Krikorian has posted a nice piece on encountering an interesting fellow in the gas pumps at the 76 station just above the Santa Monica Freeway.

'Deadline LA' stays, Joe Jares obits and more media notes

evelyn-taft-kcal-back.jpg The demise of KPFK's "Deadline LA" media analysis show was greatly exaggerated.

Boyarsky, Olney, Baum, Moxley win at Press Club awards

thr-at-press-club-2016.jpg The annual Los Angeles Press Club awards were handed out Sunday night. Here are the winners.

Media and book notes for a summer weekend

press-club-awards-banner-2016.jpg Coming, goings, awards and Donald Trump. Plus that LAT photographer pleads no contest and gets community service.

Bill Cunningham, 87, New York Times photographer

bill-cunningham-street-hat.jpg Cunningham created the genre of street fashion photography and was featured in a 2010 documentary.

David Lamb, retired LA Times star reporter, 76

david-lamb-vietnam-nyt.jpg Lamb was "the consummate newspaperman in the glory days of the profession," his LAT obit begins.

NPR photographer dies in Afghanistan, more media notes

gilkey-tamanna-npr.jpg A managing editor is out, Muhammad Ali coverage, Tronc reactions, a wedding and more.

Mitra Kalita leaving LA Times for CNN

mitrakalita-cnn.jpg The managing editor for digital strategy lasted just over a year.

Memorial Day media notes: Moves, paywalls, Trump and more

boom-cover-spring2016.jpg Plus a media wedding, the memorial service for Steve Julian and "survivor's mentality" at the LA Times.

Patrick Soon-Shiong buys into Tribune Publishing

Patrick_Soon-Shiong_wikipedia.jpg He becomes the second largest shareholder, vice chairman of the board, and Michael Ferro's defense against a takeover by Gannett.

Drew Tewksbury named LA Weekly managing editor

Drew-tewksbury-2016.jpg The managing editor of KCET Artbound writes for Los Angeles Magazine, did segments for KPCC's New Music Today feature and was a producer for NPR's "News and Notes" back in the day.

Report: Sasha Frere-Jones left LA Times under a cloud

Sasha-Frere-Jones.jpg The Wrap says that newsroom gossip is true about a strip club expense account, a free trip and more.
nikkifinke-320-dh.jpg Clearing the desk of media moves, observations and other items.

CBS This Morning follows Jonathan Gold around (video)

jgold-cbs-grab-walking.jpg Correspondent Lee Cowan went out on rounds along Pico Boulevard with Gold for a piece pegged to the documentary, "City of Gold."

Was KTLA weather babe really told to cover up?

liberte-chan-sweater-ktla-g.jpg Liberte Chan says it was her co-anchor's joke when she was handed a cardigan sweater to wear over her sparkly black dress.

SI: The finest baseball announcer that ever lived

si-cover-vin-scully-crop.jpg This is the piece you want to read as the games tick away in our time with Vin Scully.
No more Mr. Disguise guy
jonathan-gold-truck.jpgJonathan Gold drops his anonymity as documentary screens at Sundance. More
On becoming Zoey Tur
Zoey-lamag.jpgLos Angeles Magazine goes longform on the transition of the news helicopter pilot formerly known as Bob Tur. Read
Take our picture Gary Leonard
gary-crowd-at-lapl.jpg Gary Leonard photo of the audience at his Central Library conversation with Kevin Roderick. Bigger
Kushner spars with Larry Mantle
kushner-spitz-kppc.jpgDespite mandatory unpaid time off, newsroom buyouts and threat of layoffs, Register owner says "we are growing." Story
Tom Sherak, Hollywood leader was 68
tom-sherak-oscar-wife.jpgSherak was the former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Mayor Eric Garcetti's designated ambassador between the film industry, City Hall and Sacremento. Obit
New hires at KCRW
kcrw-new-hires-walsh.jpgThe station staffs up for new Madeleine Brand show debuting in 2014. Details
Funny or Die does Nikki
deadline-parody-grab.jpgThe video strikes such the right tone that even Nikki Finke is enjoying it. Video inside.
Dorothy Lucey
dorothy_lucey_ftvlive.jpgFox 11 boss who said she made his eyes bleed? No longer employed. TV people
Tiler Peck
tiler-peck-robert-iris.jpgThe rising ballet dancer we spent time with last year gets into Vanity Fair with her now-fiance, Robert Fairchild. Read
Mick Farren, 69
mick-farren-citybeat.jpgThe lead singer of The Deviants and writer for the late LA Reader and CityBeat LA collapsed while performing in London. More
Michael Hastings memorial
michael-hastings-memorial-jg.jpgThe scene on Highland Avenue where journalist Michael Hastings died. Photo by Judy Graeme.
Jennifer Bjorklund
bjorklund-prescott-grab.jpgBack on the air for NBC. Read
Upside of sending crews to Rome
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Bryan Frank, the veteran photographer for CBS 2 and KCAL 9, has been sharing behind-the-scenes still images from the Vatican media swarm. Check it out.
Sneaky nudes
nude-ernie-holzman-cafe.jpgPhotographer Ernie Holzman snuck his model, Carly, into landmarks such as Union Station (and what looks to be Snug Harbor, above) for a series he calls "L.A. Backstory." Part of his own backstory is that the pictures help him fight his cancer. More at Los Angeles Magazine.
Zen Rabe

rabe-alexandria-hotel.jpgJohn Rabe, host of "Off-Ramp" on KPCC, checks out the walled-off mystery wing of the Alexandria Hotel on 5th Street in downtown.

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