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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.

Bob Pool retires

LAO_BobPoolRetires.jpg Take My Picture Gary Leonard is a regular weekly feature of LA Observed.

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.

LA Observed interview: Toni Ann Johnson

toniannjohnson.jpg LA Observed interviews Inglewood resident Toni Ann Johnson about her debut novel, Remedy for a Broken Angel.

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.

Jim Newton leaves Times

bill-300.jpg Jim Newton’s departure from the Los Angeles Times is a serious loss for both the newspaper and the Los Angeles area.

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.
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.

Turnover at KPCC
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A Martinez wasn't the first choice of KPCC's suits to sit alongside Madeleine Brand in the station's new Latino strategy. Plus more. How KPCC's Quest for Latino Listeners Doomed The Madeleine Brand Show.
Stanley Kubrick at LACMA
kubrick-exhibit.jpgWoman checks out gallery of posters from Stanley Kubrick's films in advance of LACMA show. More
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