He started at the paper as a copy editor in the View section. Before becoming a columnist for the Calendar section in 2002, he held a number of positions, including city bureau chief and editorial writer. He was laid off in a staff cutback in 2011.
Rutten won a 1991 award from the Greater Los Angeles Press Club for editorial writing. He wrote about the 1994 Northridge earthquake, which won him a share of a 1995 Pulitzer Prize awarded to the staff of the Times for Breaking News Reporting. In 2007, he was honored by the Anti-Defamation League for advancing the ideals of the First Amendment.
- Story and audio of ex-columnist Tim Rutten telling of his layoff and predicting the future of the Times, September 14, 2011]
- "Tim Rutten Bio". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-03-21.
- "ADL Honors L.A. Times Columnist Tim Rutten For Advancing Ideals Of First Amendment". Anti-Defamation League. November 14, 2008. Retrieved 2011-03-21.
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