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Edwin O. Guthman, 89

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From Elaine Woo‘s obit today:

Edwin O. Guthman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and editor whose aggressive pursuit of Watergate stories during the 1970s earned him the enmity of President Nixon and the No. 3 spot on Nixon’s infamous enemies list, has died. He was 89.

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Guthman, who was also a longtime USC professor and a founding member of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, earned a Pulitzer early in his career for proving the innocence of a victim of McCarthyism. During a brief hiatus from journalism, he worked for Robert F. Kennedy as a Justice Department spokesman and became a Kennedy confidant.

He went on to serve as national editor of the Los Angeles Times from 1965 to 1977, a crucial period during which the newspaper expanded its journalistic mission and shed its parochial image. David Halberstam, in “The Powers That Be,” wrote that Guthman gave the paper “instant prestige” and played an important role in its transformation under Publisher Otis Chandler.

A decorated World War II veteran, Guthman was profiled in the bestselling 1998 book “The Greatest Generation,” by former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw, who wrote: “In any accounting of the good guys of American journalism, Ed Guthman is on the front page.”

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Pulitzer Prize Winning New Yorker Halberstam Killed In Cali Car Wreck

Famed author and sportswriter David Halberstam was killed in a car crash in Menlo Park, south of San Francisco, authorities there say. He had just turned 73.

Halberstam was in the Bay Area doing what he has done for awhile now: speaking to journalism students. One, a student at U.C. Berkeley, was driving the car but survived.

Some early memorials, as well as a link to a Columbia J-School graduation speech he gave in 2005:

  • AP via ABC News: Writer Halberstam Killed in Crash
  • ESPN.com: A Famed Sportswriter
  • Journal-isms: Civil Rights Battle Shaped Halberstam
  • San Jose Mercury News: Halberstam’s Last Supper
  • Columbia J-School: Speech Halberstam Gave in 2005
  • David Halberstam Killed in Car Crash

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    Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author David Halberstam was killed in a three-car accident this morning in Menlo Park. He was being driven by a student to interview Y.A. Tittle for a book he was planning about NFL championship game between the New York Giants and the Baltimore Colts, often called football’s greatest game.

    Monday Morning Meta Media Mashup

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    James Brady has, like, lost it, man:

    “Forgotten Hemingway” | James Brady, Forbes

    Forbes’ resident namedropper is at it again: “I’ve long been a contributor to Parade magazine, along with Norman Mailer, David Halberstam, Bill O’Reilly, Gail Sheehy, Jim Webb, the late Ben Hecht, Carl Sagan, Dick Schaap, Peter Maas, James Thurber. Only recently did I learn Ernest Hemingway was also on the masthead.” Oh, really? The rest of the column serves as Brady’s own meta media column on Hemingway — Ernest Fucking Hemingway! — gleaning media insights from, oh, 1941, which, like his column, are quickly forgotten. GRADE: D

  • Monday Morning Meta Media Mashup