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Trailblazing Female Reporter Turned ‘Flack’ Sandi Gibbons Retires at Age 72

This past weekend marked the end of a long run for self-described LA County District Attorney ”flack” Sandi Gibbons. After 24 years served on behalf of a quartet of bosses, she retired March 30 at age 72.

San Gabriel Valley Tribune reporter Ruby Gonzales does a really nice job of paying tribute to Gibbons. The exiting spokesperson says her job was like being a “city editor to the world” and remembers how it sometimes involved brushing shoulders with Hollywood:

Gibbons recalled teaming TV producer Dick Wolf with deputy DA Pamela Bozanich, who prosecuted Lyle and Erik Menendez in their first trial.

“I help screenwriters. I help actors studying to be a deputy DA. A lot of times I have them sit down with a deputy DA to see how it’s done,” she said.

We can only imagine the conversations Gibbons had over the years with the likes of Wolf. Before she became a DA spokesperson, Gibbons was a pioneering journalist who covered Robert Kennedy‘s campaign and the trials of people like Charles Manson and “Night Stalker” killer Richard Ramirez.

Gibbons was the first female reporter hired at South Caroline newspaper The State. Once she came out west, she worked for City News Service and the Los Angeles Daily News, where she became that publication’s first woman city editor. Read the full SGVT piece here.

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