Otis eraThe ''Times'' was first published on December 4, 1881, as the ''Los Angeles Daily Times'' under the direction of Nathan Cole Jr. and Thomas Gardiner. It was first printed at the Mirror printing plant, owned by and T.J. Caystile. Unable to pay the printing bill, Cole and Gardiner turned the paper over to the Mirror Company. In the meantime, S. J. Mathes had joined the firm, and it was at his insistence that the ''Times'' continued publication. In July 1882, moved from Santa Barbara to become the paper's editor."Mirror Acorn, 'Times' Oak," ''Los Angeles Times,'' October 23, 1923, page II-1
Chandler eraAfter Otis's death in 1917, his son-in-law, , took control as publisher of the ''Times''. Harry Chandler was succeeded in 1944 by his son, , who ran the paper during the rapid growth of Los Angeles. Norman's wife, , became active in civic affairs and led the effort to build the , whose main concert hall was named the in her honor. Family members are buried at the near . The site also includes a memorial to the Times Building bombing victims. In 1935, the newspaper moved to a new, landmark Art Deco building, the , to which the newspaper would add other facilities until taking up the entire city block between Spring, Broadway, First and Second streets, which came to be known as Times Mirror Square and would house the paper until 2018. , then the president and general manager of Times-Mirror Co., declared the Los Angeles Times Building a "monument to the progress of our city and Southern California". The fourth generation of family publishers, , held that position from 1960 to 1980. Otis Chandler sought legitimacy and recognition for his family's paper, often forgotten in the power centers of the due to its geographic and cultural distance. He sought to remake the paper in the model of the nation's most respected newspapers, such as '' '' and '' ''. Believing that the newsroom was "the heartbeat of the business", Otis Chandler increased the size and pay of the reporting staff and expanded its national and international reporting. In 1962, the paper joined with ''The Washington Post'' to form the to syndicate articles from both papers for other news organizations. He also toned down the unyielding conservatism that had characterized the paper over the years, adopting a much more centrist editorial stance. During the 1960s, the paper won four s, more than its previous nine decades combined. Writing in 2013 about the pattern of newspaper ownership by founding families, ''Times'' reporter Michael Hiltzik said that:
The first generations bought or founded their local paper for profits and also social and political influence (which often brought more profits). Their children enjoyed both profits and influence, but as the families grew larger, the later generations found that only one or two branches got the power, and everyone else got a share of the money. Eventually the coupon-clipping branches realized that they could make more money investing in something other than newspapers. Under their pressure the companies went public, or split apart, or disappeared. That's the pattern followed over more than a century by the ''Los Angeles Times'' under the Chandler family.The paper's early history and subsequent transformation was chronicled in an unauthorized history, ''Thinking Big'' (1977, ), and was one of four organizations profiled by in '' The Powers That Be'' (1979, ; 2000 reprint ). It has also been the whole or partial subject of nearly thirty dissertations in communications or social science in the past four decades.
Former ''Times'' buildings
Modern eraThe ''Los Angeles Times'' was beset in the first decade of the 21st century by a change in ownership, a , a rapid succession of editors, reductions in staff, decreases in paid circulation, the need to increase its Web presence, and a series of controversies. The newspaper moved to a new headquarters building in El Segundo, near Los Angeles International Airport, in July 2018.
OwnershipIn 2000, , publisher of the ''Los Angeles Times'', was purchased by the of , placing the paper in co-ownership with the then WB-affiliated (now CW-affiliated) , which Tribune acquired in 1985. On April 2, 2007, the Tribune Company announced its acceptance of real estate entrepreneur 's offer to buy the '' '', the ''Los Angeles Times'', and all other company assets. Zell announced that he would sell the baseball club. He put up for sale the company's 25 percent interest in Chicago. Until shareholder approval was received, Los Angeles billionaires and had the right to submit a higher bid, in which case Zell would have received a $25 million buyout fee. In December 2008, the Tribune Company filed for bankruptcy protection. The bankruptcy was a result of declining advertising revenue and a debt load of $12.9 billion, much of it incurred when the paper was taken private by Zell. On February 7, 2018, (formerly Tronc Inc.), agreed to sell the ''Los Angeles Times'' along with other southern California properties ('' '', '' '') to billionaire biotech investor . This purchase by Soon-Shiong through his Nant Capital investment fund was for $500 million, as well as the assumption of $90 million in pension liabilities. The sale to Soon-Shiong closed on June 16, 2018.
Editorial changes and staff reductionsJohn Carroll, former editor of the '' '', was brought in to restore the luster of the newspaper. During his reign at the ''Times'', he eliminated more than 200 jobs, but despite an operating profit margin of 20 percent, the Tribune executives were unsatisfied with returns, and by 2005 Carroll had left the newspaper. His successor, , refused to impose the additional cutbacks mandated by the Tribune Company. Baquet was the first African-American to hold this type of editorial position at a top-tier daily. During Baquet and Carroll's time at the paper, it won 13 Pulitzer Prizes, more than any other paper except ''The New York Times''. However, Baquet was removed from the editorship for not meeting the demands of the Tribune Group—as was publisher Jeffrey Johnson—and was replaced by James O'Shea of the ''Chicago Tribune''. O'Shea himself left in January 2008 after a budget dispute with publisher David Hiller. The paper's content and design style were overhauled several times in attempts to increase circulation. In 2000, a major change reorganized the news sections (related news was put closer together) and changed the "Local" section to the "California" section with more extensive coverage. Another major change in 2005 saw the Sunday "Opinion" section retitled the Sunday "Current" section, with a radical change in its presentation and featured columnists. There were regular s with Tribune-owned television station KTLA to bring evening-news viewers into the ''Times'' fold. The paper reported on July 3, 2008, that it planned to cut 250 jobs by and reduce the number of published pages by 15 percent. That included about 17 percent of the news staff, as part of the newly private media company's mandate to reduce costs. "We've tried to get ahead of all the change that's occurring in the business and get to an organization and size that will be sustainable", Hiller said. In January 2009, the ''Times'' eliminated the separate California/Metro section, folding it into the front section of the newspaper. The ''Times'' also announced seventy job cuts in news and editorial or a 10 percent cut in payroll. In September 2015, Austin Beutner, the publisher and chief executive, was replaced by Timothy E. Ryan. On October 5, 2015, the reported that "At least 50' editorial positions will be culled from the ''Los Angeles Times''" through a buyout. On this subject, the ''Los Angeles Times'' reported with foresight: "For the 'funemployed,' unemployment is welcome." Nancy Cleeland, who took O'Shea's buyout offer, did so because of "frustration with the paper's coverage of working people and organized labor" (the beat that earned her Pulitzer). She speculated that the paper's revenue shortfall could be reversed by expanding coverage of topics, which she believed were increasingly relevant to ; she cited the paper's attempted hiring of a "celebrity justice reporter" as an example of the wrong approach. On August 21, 2017, , then aged 54, was named publisher and CEO, replacing Davan Maharaj, who had been both publisher and editor. On June 16, 2018, the same day the sale to Patrick Soon-Shiong closed, was named executive editor. On May 3, 2021, the newspaper announced that it had selected Kevin Merida to be the new executive editor. Merida is a senior vice president at and leads The Undefeated, a site focused on sports, race, and culture. Previously, he was the first Black managing editor at The Washington Post.
CirculationThe ''Times'' has suffered continued decline in distribution. Reasons offered for the circulation drop included a price increase and a rise in the proportion of readers preferring to read the online version instead of the print version. Editor Jim O'Shea, in an internal memo announcing a May 2007, mostly voluntary, , characterized the decrease in circulation as an "industry-wide problem" which the paper had to counter by "growing rapidly on-line", "break news on the Web and explain and analyz it in our newspaper." The ''Times'' closed its printing plant in early 2006, leaving press operations to the Olympic plant and to Orange County. Also that year the paper announced its circulation had fallen to 851,532, down 5.4 percent from 2005. The ''Times''s loss of circulation was the largest of the top ten newspapers in the U.S. Some observers believed that the drop was due to the retirement of circulation director Bert Tiffany. Still, others thought the decline was a side effect of a succession of short-lived editors who were appointed by publisher Mark Willes after publisher relinquished day-to-day control in 1995. Willes, the former president of , was criticized for his lack of understanding of the newspaper business, and was derisively referred to by reporters and editors as ''The Cereal Killer''. The ''Times''s reported daily circulation in October 2010 was 600,449, down from a peak of 1,225,189 daily and 1,514,096 Sunday in April 1990.
Internet presence and free weekliesIn December 2006, a team of ''Times'' reporters delivered management with a critique of the paper's online news efforts known as the Spring Street Project. The report, which condemned the ''Times'' as a "web-stupid" organization", was followed by a shakeup in management of the paper's website,
Other controversiesIt was revealed in 1999 that a revenue-sharing arrangement was in place between the ''Times'' and in the preparation of a 168-page magazine about the opening of the sports arena. The magazine's editors and writers were not informed of the agreement, which breached the that traditionally has separated advertising from journalistic functions at American newspapers. Publisher Mark Willes also had not prevented advertisers from pressuring reporters in other sections of the newspaper to write stories favorable to their point of view. was hired as the Opinion and Editorial ( ) Editor in April 2004 to help improve the quality of the opinion pieces. His role was controversial, for he forced writers to take a more decisive stance on issues. In 2005, he created a Wikitorial, the first Wiki by a major news organization. Although it failed, readers could combine forces to produce their own editorial pieces. It was shut down after being besieged with inappropriate material. He resigned later that year. The ''Times'' drew fire for a last-minute story before the California recall election, 2003, 2003 California recall election alleging that gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger groped scores of women during his movie career. Columnist Jill Stewart wrote on the ''American Reporter'' website that the ''Times'' did not do a story on allegations that former Governor Gray Davis had verbally and physically abused women in his office, and that the Schwarzenegger story relied on a number of anonymous sources. Further, she said, four of the six alleged victims were not named. She also said that in the case of the Davis allegations, the ''Times'' decided against printing the Davis story because of its reliance on anonymous sources. The American Society of Newspaper Editors said that the ''Times'' lost more than 10,000 subscribers because of the negative publicity surrounding the Schwarzenegger article. On November 12, 2005, new op-ed Editor Andrés Martinez (editor), Andrés Martinez announced the dismissal of liberal op-ed columnist Robert Scheer and conservative editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez. The ''Times'' also came under controversy for its decision to drop the weekday edition of the ''Garfield'' comic strip in 2005, in favor of a hipper comic strip ''Brevity (comic strip), Brevity'', while retaining the Sunday edition. ''Garfield'' was dropped altogether shortly thereafter. Following the Republican Party (United States), Republican Party's defeat in the United States elections, 2006, 2006 mid-term elections, an Opinion piece by Joshua Muravchik, a leading neoconservatism, neoconservative and a resident scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, published on November 19, 2006, was titled 'Bomb Iran'. The article shocked some readers, with its hawkish comments in support of more unilateral action by the United States, this time against Iran. On March 22, 2007, editorial page editor Andrés Martinez (editor), Andrés Martinez resigned following an alleged scandal centering on his girlfriend's professional relationship with a Hollywood producer who had been asked to guest-edit a section in the newspaper. In an open letter written upon leaving the paper, Martinez criticized the publication for allowing the Chinese wall, Chinese Wall between the news and editorial departments to be weakened, accusing news staffers of lobbying the opinion desk. In November 2017, Walt Disney Studios (division), Walt Disney Studios blacklisted the ''Times'' from attending press screenings of its films, in retaliation for September 2017 reportage by the paper on Disney's political influence in the Anaheim area. The company considered the coverage to be "biased and inaccurate". As a sign of condemnation and solidarity, a number of major publications and writers, including ''The New York Times'', ''Boston Globe'' critic Ty Burr, ''Washington Post'' blogger Alyssa Rosenberg, and the websites ''The A.V. Club'' and ''Flavorwire'', announced that they would boycott press screenings of future Disney films. The National Society of Film Critics, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Circle, and Boston Society of Film Critics jointly announced that Disney's films would be ineligible for their respective year-end awards unless the decision was reversed, condemning the decision as being "antithetical to the principles of a free press and [setting] a dangerous precedent in a time of already heightened hostility towards journalists". On November 7, 2017, Disney reversed its decision, stating that the company "had productive discussions with the newly installed leadership at the ''Los Angeles Times'' regarding our specific concerns".
Pulitzer PrizesThrough 2014 the ''Times'' had won 41 Pulitzer Prizes, including four in editorial cartooning, and one each in spot news reporting for the 1965 Watts Riots and the 1992 Los Angeles riots. * The ''Los Angeles Times'' received the 1984 Pulitzer Prize, 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for the newspaper series "Latinos (newspaper series), Latinos". * ''Times'' sportswriter Jim Murray (sportswriter), Jim Murray won a Pulitzer in 1990. * ''Times'' investigative reporters Chuck Philips and Michael Hiltzik won the Pulitzer in 1999 for a year-long series that exposed corruption in the music business. * ''Times'' journalist David Willman won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting; the organization cited "his pioneering expose of seven unsafe prescription drugs that had been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and an analysis of the policy reforms that had reduced the agency's effectiveness." In 2004 Pulitzer Prize, 2004, the paper won five prizes, which is the third-most by any paper in one year (behind '' '' in 2002 Pulitzer Prize, 2002 (7) and '' '' in 2008 Pulitzer Prize, 2008 (6)). * ''Times'' reporters Bettina Boxall and Julie Cart won a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting in 2009 "for their fresh and painstaking exploration into the cost and effectiveness of attempts to combat the growing menace of wildfires across the western United States." * In 2011, Barbara Davidson was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography "for her intimate story of innocent victims trapped in the city's crossfire of deadly gang violence." * In 2016, the ''Times'' won the breaking news Pulitzer prize for its coverage of the 2015 San Bernardino attack, mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. * In 2019, three ''Los Angeles Times'' reporters - Harriet Ryan, Matt Hamilton and Paul Pringle - won a Pulitzer Prize for their investigation into a gynecologist accused of abusing hundreds of students at the University of Southern California.
Competition and rivalryIn the 19th century, the chief competition to the ''Times'' was the ''Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, Los Angeles Herald,'' followed by the smaller ''Los Angeles Tribune (1886–1890), Los Angeles Tribune.'' In December 1903, newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst began publishing the ''Los Angeles Examiner'' as a direct morning competitor to the ''Times.'' In the 20th century, the ''Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, Los Angeles Express'' was an afternoon competitor, as was Manchester Boddy's '' Los Angeles Daily News (historic), Los Angeles Daily News'', a Democratic newspaper.Red Ink, White Lies: The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles Newspapers, 1920–1962
Midwinter and midsummer
MidwinterFor 69 years, from 1885 until 1954, the ''Times'' issued on New Year's Day a special annual Midwinter Number or Midwinter Edition that extolled the virtues of Southern California. At first, it was called the "Trade Number," and in 1886 it featured a special press run of "extra scope and proportions"; that is, "a twenty-four-page paper, and we hope to make it the finest exponent of this [Southern California] country that ever existed." Two years later, the edition had grown to "forty-eight handsome pages (9x15 inches), [which] stitched for convenience and better preservation," was "equivalent to a 150-page book." The last use of the phrase ''Trade Number'' was in 1895, when the edition had grown to thirty-six pages split among three separate sections. The Midwinter Number drew acclamations from other newspapers, including this one from ''The Kansas City Star'' in 1923: In 1948 the Midwinter Edition, as it was then called, had grown to "7 big picture magazines in beautiful rotogravure reproduction." The last mention of the Midwinter Edition was in a ''Times'' advertisement on January 10, 1954.
MidsummerBetween 1891 and 1895, the ''Times'' also issued a similar Midsummer Number, the first one with the theme "The Land and Its Fruits". Because of its issue date in September, the edition was in 1891 called the Midsummer Harvest Number.
Zoned editions and subsidiariesIn 1903, the Pacific Wireless Telegraph Company established a radiotelegraph link between the California mainland and Santa Catalina Island, California, Santa Catalina Island. In the summer of that year, the ''Times'' made use of this link to establish a local daily paper, based in Avalon, called ''The Wireless'', which featured local news plus excerpts which had been transmitted via Morse code from the parent paper. However, this effort apparently survived for only a little more than one year. In the 1990s, the ''Times'' published various editions catering to far-flung areas. Editions included those from the San Fernando Valley, Ventura County, California, Ventura County, Inland Empire, California, Inland Empire, Orange County, San Diego County, California, San Diego County & a "National Edition" that was distributed to Washington, D.C., and the San Francisco Bay Area. The National Edition was closed in December 2004. Some of these editions were succeeded by ''Our Times'', a group of community supplements included in editions of the regular Los Angeles Metro newspaper. A subsidiary, Times Community Newspapers, publishes the ''Daily Pilot'' of Newport Beach, California, Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, California, Costa Mesa. From 2011 to 2013, the ''Times'' had published the ''Pasadena Sun''. It also had published the ''Glendale News-Press'' and ''Burbank Leader'' from 1993 to 2020, and the ''La Cañada Valley Sun'' from 2005 to 2020. On April 30, 2020, Charlie Plowman, publisher of Outlook Newspapers, announced he would acquire the ''Glendale News-Press'', ''Burbank Leader'' and ''La Cañada Valley Sun'' from Times Community Newspapers. Plowman acquired the ''South Pasadena Review'' and ''San Marino Tribune'' in late January 2020 from the Salter family, who owned and operated these two community weeklies.
FeaturesOne of the ''Times'' features was "Column One", a feature that appeared daily on the front page to the left-hand side. Established in September 1968, it was a place for the weird and the interesting; in the ''How Far Can a Piano Fly?'' (a compilation of Column One stories) introduction, Patt Morrison wrote that the column's purpose was to elicit a "Gee, that's interesting, I didn't know that" type of reaction. The ''Times'' also embarked on a number of investigative journalism pieces. A series in December 2004 on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center, King/Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles led to a Pulitzer Prize and a more thorough coverage of the hospital's troubled history. Lopez wrote a five-part series on the civic and humanitarian disgrace of Los Angeles' Skid Row, Los Angeles, Skid Row, which became the focus of a 2009 motion picture, ''The Soloist.'' It also won 62 awards at the SND awards. From 1967 to 1972, the ''Times'' produced a Sunday Supplement (publishing), supplement called ''Los Angeles Times Magazine, West'' magazine. ''West'' was recognized for its art design, which was directed by Mike Salisbury (who later became art director of ''Rolling Stone'' magazine).Heller, Steven
Festival of BooksIn 1996, the ''Times'' started the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, in association with the University of California, Los Angeles. It has panel discussions, exhibits, and stages during two days at the end of April each year. In 2011, the Festival of Books was moved to the University of Southern California.
Book prizesSince 1980, the ''Times'' has awarded annual book prizes. The categories are now biography, current interest, fiction, first fiction, history, mystery/thriller, poetry, science and technology, and young adult fiction. In addition, the Robert Kirsch Award is presented annually to a living author with a substantial connection to the American West whose contribution to American letters deserves special recognition".
Los Angeles Times Grand PrixFrom 1957 to 1987, the ''Times'' sponsored the Los Angeles Times Grand Prix that was held over at the Riverside International Raceway in Moreno Valley, California.
Book publishingThe Times Mirror Corporation has also owned a number of book publishers over the years, including New American Library and C.V. Mosby, as well as Harry N. Abrams, Matthew Bender, and Jeppesen. In 1960, Times Mirror of Los Angeles bought the book publisher New American Library, known for publishing affordable paperback reprints of classics and other scholarly works. The NAL continued to operate autonomously from New York and within the Mirror Company. In 1983, Odyssey Partners and Ira J. Hechler bought NAL from the Times Mirror Company for over $50 million. In 1967, Times Mirror acquired C.V. Mosby Company, a professional publisher and merged it over the years with several other professional publishers including Resource Application, Inc., Year Book Medical Publishers, Wolfe Publishing Ltd., PSG Publishing Company, B.C. Decker, Inc., among others. Eventually in 1998 Mosby was sold to Harcourt Brace & Company to form the Elsevier Health Sciences group.
Broadcasting activitiesThe Times-Mirror Company was a founding owner of television station KTTV in , which opened in January 1949. It became that station's sole owner in 1951, after re-acquiring the minority shares it had sold to CBS in 1948. Times-Mirror also purchased a former motion picture studio, Nassour Studios, in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, Hollywood in 1950, which was then used to consolidate KTTV's operations. Later to be known as Metromedia Square, the studio was sold along with KTTV to Metromedia in 1963. After a seven-year hiatus from the medium, the firm reactivated Times-Mirror Broadcasting Company with its 1970 purchase of the ''Dallas Times Herald'' and its radio and television stations, KRLD (AM), KRLD-AM-KZPS, FM-TV in Dallas, Texas, Dallas. The Federal Communications Commission granted an exemption of its Concentration of media ownership, cross-ownership policy and allowed Times-Mirror to retain the newspaper and the television outlet, which was renamed KDFW-TV. Times-Mirror Broadcasting later acquired KTBC-TV in Austin, Texas in 1973; and in 1980 purchased a group of stations owned by Advance Publications, Newhouse Newspapers: WAPI-TV (now WVTM-TV) in Birmingham, Alabama; KTVI in St. Louis; WSYR-TV (now WSTM-TV) in Syracuse, New York and its satellite station WSYE-TV (now WETM-TV) in Elmira, New York; and WTPA-TV (now WHTM-TV) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The company also entered the field of cable television, servicing the Phoenix, Arizona, Phoenix and San Diego, California, San Diego areas, amongst others. They were originally titled Times-Mirror Cable, and were later renamed to Dimension Cable Television. Similarly, they also attempted to enter the pay-TV market, with the Spotlight (TV channel), Spotlight movie network; it wasn't successful and was quickly shut down. The cable systems were sold in the mid-1990s to Cox Communications. Times-Mirror also pared its station group down, selling off the Syracuse, Elmira and Harrisburg properties in 1986. The remaining four outlets were packaged to a new upstart holding company, Argyle Television, in 1993. These stations were acquired by New World Communications shortly thereafter and became key components in 1994 United States broadcast TV realignment, a sweeping shift of network-station affiliations which occurred between 1994 and 1995.
StationsNotes: * 1 Co-owned with CBS until 1951 in a joint venture (51% owned by Times-Mirror, 49% owned by CBS); * 2 Purchased along with KRLD (AM), KRLD-AM-KZPS, FM as part of Times-Mirror's acquisition of the ''Dallas Times Herald''. Times-Mirror sold the radio stations to comply with FCC cross-ownership restrictions.
UnionizationOn January 19, 2018, employees of the news department voted 248–44 in a National Labor Relations Board election to be represented by the NewsGuild-CWA. The vote came despite aggressive opposition from the paper's management team, reversing more than a century of anti-union sentiment at one of the biggest newspapers in the country.
Writers and editors* , editor 2000–2007 * Martin Baron, assistant managing editor 1979–1996 * James Bassett (author), James Bassett, reporter, editor 1934–1971 * Skip Bayless, sportswriter 1976–1978 * Barry Bearak, reporter 1982–1997 * Jim Bellows (1922–2005), editor 1967–1974 * Sheila Benson, film critic 1981–1991 * Martin Bernheimer, music critic, 1982 Pulitzer Prize, 1982 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism * Bettina Boxall, reporter, 2009 Pulitzer Prize * Jeff Brazil, reporter 1993–2000 * Harry Carr (1877–1936), reporter, columnist, editor * John Carroll, editor 2000–2005 * Julie Cart, reporter, 2009 Pulitzer Prize * Charles Champlin (1926–2014), film critic 1965–1980 * Sewell Chan, editor of the editorial page * Michael Cieply, entertainment writer * Shelby Coffey III, editor 1989–1997 * K.C. Cole, science writer * Michael Connelly, crime reporter, novelist * Borzou Daragahi, Beirut bureau chief * Manohla Dargis, film critic * Meghan Daum, columnist * Anthony Day (1933–2007), op-ed writer, editor 1969–89 * Latinos (newspaper series), Frank del Olmo (1948–2004), reporter, editor 1970–2004 * Al Delugach (1925–2015), reporter 1970–1989 * Barbara Demick, Beijing bureau chief, author * Robert J. Donovan (1912–2003), Washington bureau chief * Mike Downey, columnist 1985–2001 * Bob Drogin, national political reporter * Roscoe Drummond (1902–1983), syndicated columnist * E.V. Durling (1893–1957), columnist 1936–1939 * Bill Dwyre, sports editor and columnist 1981–2015 * Braven Dyer, sports reporter, sports editor 1925-1965 * Louis Dyer, reporter, editor LA Mirror, Home Magazine 1934-1955 * William J. Eaton (1930–2005), correspondent 1984–1994 * Richard Eder (1932–2014), book critic, 1987 Pulitzer Prize, 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism * Gordon Edes, sportswriter 1980–1989 * Helene Elliott, sports columnist * Leonard Feather (1914–1994), jazz critic * Dexter Filkins, foreign correspondent 1996–1999 * Nikki Finke, entertainment reporter * Thomas Francis Ford (1873–1958), U.S. Congress member, literary and rotogravure editor, City Council member * Douglas Frantz, managing editor 2005–2007 * Jeffrey Gettleman, Atlanta bureau chief 1999–2002 * Jonathan Gold, food writer, 2007 Pulitzer Prize * Patrick Goldstein, film columnist 2000–2012 * Carl Greenberg (1908–1984), political writer * Jean Guerrero, opinion columnist * Joyce Haber, gossip columnist 1966–1975 * Bill Henry (Los Angeles Times), Bill Henry (1890–1970), columnist 1939–1970 * Robert Hilburn, music writer 1970–2005 * Shani Hilton, Shani Olisa Hilton, Deputy Managing editor * Michael Hiltzik, investigative reporter, 1999 Pulitzer Prize, 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting * Hedda Hopper (1885–1966), Hollywood columnist 1938–1966 * L. D. Hotchkiss (1893–1964), editor 1922–1958 * Pete Johnson (rock critic), Pete Johnson, rock critic of the 1960s * David Cay Johnston, reporter 1976–1988 * Jonathan Kaiman, Asia correspondent 2015-2016 * K. Connie Kang (1942–2019) first female Korean American journalist * Philip P. Kerby, 1976 Pulitzer Prize, 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism * Ann Killion, sportswriter 1987–1988 * Grace Kingsley (1874–1962), film columnist 1914–1933 * , op-ed page editor 2004–2005 * Christopher Knight (art critic), Christopher Knight, art critic, 2020 Pulitzer Prize, 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism * William Knoedelseder, business writer * David Lamb (journalist), David Lamb (1940–2016), correspondent 1970–2004 * David Laventhol (1933–2015), publisher 1989–1994 * David Lazarus, business columnist * Rick Loomis (photojournalist), Rick Loomis, photojournalist, 2007 Pulitzer Prize, 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting * Stuart Loory (1937–2015), White House correspondent 1967–1971 * Steve Lopez, columnist * Charles Fletcher Lummis (1859–1928), city editor 1884–1888 * Al Martinez (1929–2015), columnist 1984–2009 * Andres Martinez (editor), Andres Martinez, op-ed page editor 2004–2007 * Dennis McDougal, reporter 1982–1992 * Usha Lee McFarling, reporter, 2007 Pulitzer Prize, 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting * Kristine McKenna, music journalist 1977–1998 * Mary McNamara, TV critic, 2015 Pulitzer Prize, 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism * Doyle McManus, Washington bureau chief * Charles McNulty, theater critic * Alan Miller (journalist), Alan Miller, 2003 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting * T. Christian Miller, investigative journalist 1999–2008 * Kay Mills (writer), Kay Mills, editorial writer 1978–1991 * Carolina Miranda (writer), Carolina Miranda, arts and culture critic 2014–present * J.R. Moehringer, feature writing, 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing * Patt Morrison, columnist * Suzanne Muchnic, art critic 1978–2009 * Kim Murphy (journalist), Kim Murphy, assistant managing editor for foreign and national news, 2005 Pulitzer Prize * Jim Murray (sportswriter), Jim Murray (1919–1998), sports columnist, 1990 Pulitzer Prize, 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary * Sonia Nazario, feature writing, 2003 Pulitzer Prize * Dan Neil (journalist), Dan Neil, columnist, 2004 Pulitzer Prize, 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism * Chuck Neubauer, investigative journalist * Ross Newhan, baseball writer 1967–2004 * Jack Nelson (journalist), Jack Nelson (1929–2009), political reporter, 1960 Pulitzer Prize, 1960 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting
Cartoonists* Paul Conrad, Paul Francis Conrad (1924–2010), Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning, Pulitzer Prize in 1964, 1971, and 1984 * Ted Rall * David Horsey, Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning, Pulitzer Prize in 1999 and 2003 * Frank Interlandi (1924–2010) * Michael Ramirez, Michael Patrick Ramirez, Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning, Pulitzer Prize in 1994 and 2008 * Bruce Russell (cartoonist), Bruce Russell, Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning, Pulitzer Prize in 1946
Photographers* Don Bartletti, Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography, Pulitzer Prize in 2003 * Carolyn Cole, Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography, Pulitzer Prize in 2004 * Latinos (newspaper series), Rick Corrales (1957–2005), photographer 1981–1995 * Mary Nogueras Frampton, one of the paper's first female photographers * Latinos (newspaper series), Jose Galvez, photographer 1980–1992 * John L. Gaunt, Jr., Pulitzer Prize for Photography, Pulitzer Prize in 1955 * Rick Loomis (photojournalist), Rick Loomis, photojournalist, 2007 Pulitzer Prize * Anacleto Rapping, multiple s * George Rose (photographer), George Rose, photojournalist 1977–1983 * George Strock, photojournalist of the 1930s * Annie Wells, photojournalist 1997–2008 * Clarence Williams (photojournalist), Clarence Williams, Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography, Pulitzer Prize in 1998
See also* Victorian Downtown Los Angeles
Further reading* * * * * * Merrill, John C. and Harold A. Fisher. ''The world's great dailies: profiles of fifty newspapers'' (1980) pp 183–91 *