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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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Patch Regional Editor Patrick Lee on Why He Jumped to KPCC

On Wednesday, July 11, Patrick Lee clocked his last official day as regional editor of Patch sites in northeast LA and the San Gabriel Valley. After a short, well-deserved break, he will slide over to KPCC/Southern California Public Radio on Monday, July 23 as managing editor, digital.

“It was too good an opportunity to pass up,” Lee tells FishbowlLA via telephone. “I’m very excited about what I’ve heard KPCC and SCPR are trying to accomplish. I think they have some great ideas and some really great people. There’s a lot of opportunity there to make SCPR.org a premier digital Web experience for the Southern California community. It can be a destination point for people interested in engaging community information, and I want to be a part of that.”

Althoug Lee has had general discussions with SCPR VP, content Russ Stanton and executive editor Melanie Sill, he’s not sure until he starts exactly what the make-up of his team will be. But as someone who dealt with an amorphous and occasionally redefined Patch purview, he’s ready to hit the ground running (Lee will report to Sill).

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KPCC Adds Politics, Crime Bloggers

Alice Walton, who launched her blog The City Maven in 2010 to cover the goings on at LA City Hall, is graduating to a larger audience. On Monday, she joins KPCC as the station’s politics blogger.

Also announced to staff last night by interim managing editor, digital Eric Zassenhaus is the addition on May 14 of Rina Palta as KPCC.org’s crime blogger. She comes to the station from KALW News 91.7 FM in San Francisco:

Rina has been the lead reporter for KALW’s Informant blog, where she’s been covering criminal justice issues in California since starting there in 2009. Rina was one of the first reporters to focus on the 2008 Secure Communities program that automatically shares the fingerprints of anyone booked in county jails with the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement. When major newspapers finally realized what was happening, they were playing catch-up with her diligent work.

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KPCC Gives LA Times LAUSD Coverage an F

Tony Pierce at KPCC posted the blog equivalent last night of a screeching high school hallway alarm bell. Let’s hope the LA Times soon takes notice.

Pierce notes that reporter Howard Blume completely bungled a story about the Los Angeles Unified School District. Although Blume wrote that the district was planning to change the student passing grade from a “C” to “D,” the truth is that D is the current benchmark. What the LAUSD in fact wants to do is bump that up – by 2017 – to the C level.  Per Pierce:

Not only did the Blume article allow Matt Drudge of the powerful Drudge Report to write an eyebrow-raising headline and tweet (“LA Schools May Lower Graduation Standards To Curb Dropouts”), but it inspired the LA Times’ beloved columnist Steve Lopez to blast an angry blog mini-column on LA Now.

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Nieman Lab Surveys California’s Shifting Media Landscape

The overriding takeaway from Ken Doctor‘s look at the radical economics of California news gathering is already obvious to anyone doing the gathering. It’s all about digital synergies.

From Russ Stanton‘s jump to a public radio station on a Tony Pierce-led Internet blog blitz, to the confirmation this week that the Bay Citizen is merging with California Watch, print is warming up the deathbed. Doctor also takes the California temperature of Patch, which currently operates 132 hubs across the Golden State:

Many of the sites are lively, with good features, calendars, and lots of local, if episodic, bloggers–even if the sites don’t come close to living up to Patch’s tagline: “Hi there, we’re Patch, your source for local knowledge you can’t live without.”…

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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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Jackie Johnson Wedding Flies Under Doppler Radar

Three months ago, Tony Pierce noticed a monumental ring on the engagement-wedding finger of CBS 2 weather gal Jackie Johnson. It was, he blogged, a “developing” story tinged quite possibly with (his) “infinite sadness.”

Last Friday, Pierce—formerly blog editor at the LA Times and now working in that same capacity at KPCC—was able to confirm his summer scoop, via Johnson’s posting of June Aruba Antigua wedding pictures on her Facebook page. It’s rather amazing that she was able to keep this all so quiet. Noted Pierce:

OK, so the busblog was two months late on the news, but do you know anyone else who even whispered about it? Anyways, congratulations Jackie Johnson. When you are telling us the news, we stop what we’re doing. Quite a trick when we’re talking about LA weather, which is generally lovely. Except for today.

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LA Times‘ Andrew Malcolm Moving to Investors.com

Given the exit of his good friend Tony Pierce from the LA Times in the wave of layoffs that hit the paper this summer, Andrew Malcom‘s exit from the paper seemed inevitable. Looks like that day has finally come. The Top of the Ticket blogger is moving on from the Times next month, when he’ll start a new job as a blogger for Investor’s Business Daily’s website Investors.com.

Top of the Ticket has been a big traffic draw to the Times‘ site, but those numbers haven’t come without controversy. The Times maintains that Top of the Ticket is politically neutral, but Malcolm, a former Laura Bush press flack, routinely posted conservative talking points on the site. Along with Andrew Breitbart and Bill O’Reilly, Malcolm was easily one of Media Matters’ favorite right-wing targets. Frankly, we’re astonished that site hasn’t said anything about Malcolm’s exit yet. Guess they’re keeping it classy.

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Laid Off LA Times Blog Editor Recalls Now Bittersweet Bets

Long before Tony Pierce joined the LA Times, he started a personal blog in 2001 while working at E! that is known simply as “busblog.” Since being laid off from the newspaper, he has returned to that page with a sweet, lyrical vengance, keeping readers appraised about such matters as relaxing poolside during a weekday at the Roosevelt Hotel.

But Pierce also took time yesterday to provide the backstory on those amazing July comScore numbers registerd by his former employer. At the paper, he promised that he would only wear slacks to the office until at least two LATimes.com blogs broke the threshold of one million monthly page views. Once that bet was won and he was back into jeans, Pierce dropped a magic word into the newspaper website equation – WordPress:

so anyway one day i was talking about WordPress.

and i said, if you use WordPress i bet you it would skyrocket the popularity of the right blogs.

a very rich woman who i never met jumped out of the shadows and asked did someone say bet?

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