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Posts Tagged ‘Kate Mather’

Suspicious, Beeping Package Forces Evacuation of KNX, KFWB and K-Earth

It was anything but a typical Tuesday morning at the Wilshire Blvd. headquarters of KNX 1070 Newsradio and friends. Per a dispatch by LA Times reporters Kate Mather and Richard Winton:

The office was cleared after a beeping package was dropped off at a second-floor lobby about 8:20 a.m., according to Los Angeles police. A bomb squad is en route.

KNX’s Randy Kerdoon (pictured) tweeted that two packages were discovered and confirmed one was beeping. “Ive never been part of BREAKING NEWS before, COVERING it yes, part of it no,” Kerdoon tweeted. “Just another surreal day in LA.”

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Former Daily Trojan Editors-in-Chief Reminisce About Their Days on Campus

During its first hundred years, USC’s Daily Trojan has been guided by some mightily impressive editors-in-chief. Everyone from “The Fastest Human in the World” (1920 Summer Olympics gold medalist Charles Paddock) to various LA Times employees (Roger Smith, Kate Mather).

For the paper’s Centennial Supplement, reporter Alexis Driggs runs through this and other aspects of the paper’s top-down ranks, followed by a compilation of testimonial quotes from various former Trojan newsroom quarterbacks. The remembrances are all worth reading, starting with this one from Sara Libby, EIC in the fall of 2005. She is currently transitioning from associate editor at Talking Points Memo to managing editor at Voice of San Diego:

“The most important thing I learned was that ultimately, the big decisions lay with me and I had to trust myself on them. Obviously there was always pushback from certain student groups who felt they were being covered unfairly, but even I had professors trying to get me fired or expelled for covering them. But I tried to just tell myself and my staff that if we were being fair and working hard, we would land on our feet, and we did.”

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LA Times Intern Engineers Plastic Surgeon News Makeover

Kansas City bred LA Times intern Kate Mather (pictured) had an interesting time of it yesterday on the local news desk. After filing a reworking of a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon’s self-promoting press release about being on call at an upcoming Prince William and Kate Middleton polo event, she was the first to later post the (response) news that 69-year-old Dr. Toby Mayer was in fact not going to be on the equestrian sidelines.

Mather’s second item has since been picked up by everyone from Associated Press to LAist, which is completely understandable, because who doesn’t love the idea of a plastic surgeon with egg on their face. The doc appears to have been guilty of excessive—and inaccurate—self-promotion:

“Toby Mayer is not associated with the event. That is an absolute fact. Dr. Mayer is a member of the Santa Barbara Polo Club, but this is a private charity event,” said Geannie Sheller, president of the Polo Training Center Santa Barbara. “It is not a polo club event.”

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