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Posts Tagged ‘Tami Abdollah’

Tony Pierce No Longer at KPCC

It’s been a tumultuous 12 months over at KPCC, what with the departure of Madeleine Brand, demotion of Patt Morrison and – most recently – exit of program director Craig Curtis. Unfortunately, another name can be added to the list: Tony Pierce.

When we first heard about Pierce’s KPCC layoff, it was as much of a surprise to us as his 2011 exit from the LA Times. FishbowlLA contacted Pierce and he was kind enough to give us the following statement:

Yes, it’s true. I was relieved of my duties at KPCC recently. It was quite a shock as I thought I was providing an important and useful service to the Take Two show during the week and to the KPCC website on Saturdays.

But in the ultimate “it’s not you, it’s me” reasoning, I was told it was due to a budget shortfall, and not the quality of my work, that I was being shown the door.

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KPCC Education Reporter Shifting to AP Law Enforcement Beat

There are long-lead job changes. And then there are really long-lead job change announcements.

This afternoon, Associated Press West Region editor Traci Carl announced that KPCC education reporter Tami Abdollah (pictured) will be rejoining the wire service… on January 7, to cover Los Angeles law enforcement. Abdollah previously worked for AP in Salem, Oregon after a three-year stint with the LA Times:

“We are excited to have Tami join us in Los Angeles,” Carl said. “She is a tireless reporter who will keep AP ahead on an important beat.”

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KPCC Talks to Occupy LA Protest Hackers

We recently reported about the addition of Tami Abdollah to Tony Pierce‘s growing KPCC.com blogger ranks. Last night, Abdollah and station community editor Kim Bui combined for a good look at some debatable tactics this week by Anonymous offshoot @CabinCr3w.

The group aggregated and then posted extensive personal information (home address, campaign contributions, property records, etc.) of several dozen LAPD command personnel, as a way to protest the police’s actions during the clearing out of Occupy LA. However, force commander Andrew Smith says many of those targeted had nothing directly to do with the November 29 maneuver:

Smith said the majority of those listed on site were not involved in clearing the Occupy LA encampment and a few have been retired.

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KPCC Puts Tami Abdollah on the Education Beat

In what is probably the first of several additional LA Times linked moves at Southern California Public Radio’s KPCC, recently transitioned blog editor Tony Pierce has hired former newspaper staffer Tami Abdollah (pictured) as education writer. Per Pierce’s e-mail memo:

Tami was staff writer for the Los Angeles Times for three years, covering a wide variety of topics, but she left the paper in late 2009 when she saw an opportunity to be a Reporting Officer in Baghdad, Iraq. She worked in Baghdad for almost a year until she returned to LA, but first she spent a little while in New Zealand writing about some trapped miners there.

Besides the Times, Tami has freelanced for The Wall Street Journal (while in Belgium and France), The Daily Beast, and also worked for a short while in Oregon at The Associated Press.

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LAT In 90 Seconds

40058221-16150820.jpgMo’bit: A quick blog post yesterday told LAT readers about Stan Winston‘s demise, giving the paper more time to complete a longer, more thoughtful obituary for the legendary special effects wizard filled with deeper insights and information — like quotes from the Orange County Register.

40060171-16161318.jpgCalifornia Adventure? According to Dawn Chmielewski, “Walt Disney Imagineering melded the interactive elements of a video game with the kind of immersive 3-D experience of an amusement park to create Toy Story Midway Mania, a ride opening today at Disney’s California Adventure park in Anaheim.” We can see it now, frazzled parents screaming at their kids to put down their damn Game Boys so they can, um, play a video game.

40050784-16114244-200118.jpgGay-A-Palooza: The first gay marriages in the state inspire SWAT-team like coverage, with Tony Perry And Tami Abdollah covering a Marine’s wedding in San Diego, Carla Hall reporting from Beverly Hills, John Glionna filing from San Francisco, Bruce Wallace reporting from Tokyo, Duke Helfand, Jessica Garrison, Jean-Paul Renaud, Rich Connell, Sandy Banks, Dana Parsons reporting from L..A and Orange County. (Former LAT reporter Jean Pasco even got into the act, being quoted as the current Orange County recorder spokeswoman.)