Michael Hiltzik

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Michael A. Hiltzik
Born (1952-11-09) November 9, 1952 (age 61)
New York City
Occupation Journalist, foreign correspondent, columnist, editor, blogger, author
Nationality United States
Education 1973, B.A. in English, Colgate University
1974, M.Sc. in journalism, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Notable award(s) 2004 Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism
1999, beat reporting Pulitzer Prize
Spouse(s) Deborah Ibert
Children Andrew, David
Relative(s) Harold & Bernice (Rothman) Hiltzik (parents)

Michael A. Hiltzik (born November 9, 1952) is an American columnist and former reporter who has written extensively for the Los Angeles Times. In 1999, he won a beat reporting Pulitzer Prize for co-writing an article about corruption in the music industry. In 2004, he won a Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism.[1]

Career[edit]

He was a journalist at the Buffalo Courier-Express in (Buffalo, New York) in 1974-1978 and bureau chief in 1976-1978. He was a staff writer at the Providence Journal-Bulletin (Providence, Rhode Island) 1979-1981. He joined The Los Angeles Times as a financial writer 1981-1983, and was its financial correspondent in New York City 1982-1988, Nairobi bureau chief 1988-1993, Moscow correspondent 1993-1994. He was a financial staff writer, editor, and columnist at the Times 1994-2006.[1] More recently, he began writing a column about business and economic issues in the US West Coast.

He won Silver Gavel award from the American Bar Association and the Overseas Press Club cited his reporting on East African issues. In 1996 he was a finalist for two Pulitzer Prizes, for his reporting on health care issues in California and his reporting on a major entertainment merger between Disney and ABC.[2]

Along with Times staff writer Chuck Philips, Hiltzik won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for the articles they wrote on corruption and bribes in the music industry.[2] The year-long series exposed corruption in the music business in three different areas: The Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences raised money for an ostensible charity that netted only pennies on the dollar for its charity; radio station "payola," for airplay of new recordings; and the proliferation of exploitive and poorly conceived medical detox programs for celebrities.[3] Mark Saylor, then entertainment editor of the business section of the paper, said it was especially rewarding because it recognized "aggressive reporting on the hometown industry . . . where The LA Times has long labored under a cloud, the misperception that ...[they]... were soft on the entertainment industry".[4] The series led to the removal of C. Michael Green, then Grammy chief.[5]

In 2004, Hiltzik won a Gerald Loeb Award for his contributions to financial journalism.[6]

In 2006, Hiltzik was suspended without pay from the LA Times for sockpuppeting on his blog "The Golden State". Hiltzik admitted to posting under false names on multiple sites, using the pseudonym "Mikekoshi" to criticize Hugh Hewitt and L.A. prosecutor Patrick Frey.[7][8] In December 2009, the LA Times announced that Hiltzik would be returning to the paper as a business columnist.[9]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Michael Hiltzik." Marquis Who's Who TM. Marquis Who's Who, 2009. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Michigan: Gale, 2009. http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/BioRC. Document Number: K2016804504. Fee. Accessed via Fairfax County Public Library.
  2. ^ a b "Gerald Loeb Awards - Michael Hiltzik". UCLA Anderson School of Management. 2006 <!––year imputed from archive.org––>. Archived from the original on 2006-12-01. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  3. ^ Trounson, Rebecca (February 22, 2012). "Mark Saylor dies at 58; former Times editor oversaw Pulitzer-winning series". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Shaw, David (April 13, 1999). "2 Times Staffers Share Pulitzer for Beat Reporting". LA Times. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Philips, Chuck (April 28, 2002). "Green out as President of Grammys". LA Times. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Michael A. Hiltzik from HarperCollins Publishers". HarperCollinsCanada. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  7. ^ Weiss, Michael (April 21, 2006). "I Spy Your IP". Slate Magazine. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  8. ^ Kurtz, Howard (April 21, 2006). "Los Angeles Times Yanks Columnist's Blog - Hiltzik Accused of Using Pseudonyms". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-20-25. 
  9. ^ Hofmeister, Sallie (December 19, 2008). "Michael Hiltzik to return to writing Business column". The LA Times. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 

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