David Lazarus

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David Lazarus
Occupation(s)newspaper columnist and reporter
Known for"Consumer Affairs" business column

David Lazarus is an American business and consumer columnist who works for KTLA[1] and worked for the Los Angeles Times from August 2007 to January 2022. His last column was published on January 28, 2022.[2][1]

Early life and education[edit]

He attended Ojai Valley School and Crossroads School (Santa Monica, California) before heading north to attend and graduate from the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a degree in history.[3]


David Lazarus has written pieces for Los Angeles Times about consumer affairs and business topics including YouTube,[4] AT&T[5] and BMW-customer service issues.[6]

Before joining the LA Times staff in 2007, Lazarus worked as a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and a nightly talk radio host for San Francisco's KGO Radio.[7] Lazarus also worked for The San Francisco Examiner,The Bangkok Post, and The Japan Times.[1]

He won first place in the 2005 National Headliner Awards contest for business reporting. And the Society of Professional Journalists in Northern California named him "Journalist of the Year" in 2001. A media watchdog site, Grade the News, described him this way: "Since coming to the Chronicle from Wired News[8] in 1999, David Lazarus has been one of the most prolific, and influential, writers at the paper."[9] He is known for sticking up and helping ordinary people deal with problems "such as fighting telemarketers" [10] when no one else is able to step up.

Lazarus[11] is the author of two books on Japan, where he lived for several years, and has had articles published in many magazines.[12]

Radio interviews[edit]

Lazarus has often been interviewed about data breach issues (see Anthem medical data breach) and privacy matters on talk radio shows such as the Norman Goldman Show.[13] He is also regularly seen on KTLA “Consumer Confidential” segments.[14]


Lazarus lives in Southern California with his wife and son. Lazarus is a member of the Democratic Party. He is Jewish. [2]


  1. ^ a b c d Lazarus, David (28 January 2022). "Column: In this, my final column, one last consumer problem to be solved". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 7 February 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Times goes north for consumer columnist". laobserved.com. 2007-07-19. Retrieved 2016-02-08.
  3. ^ Lazarus, David (13 October 2015), "KTLA Author David Lazarus", KTLA
  4. ^ Lazarus, David (28 May 2012). "Trying to make dollars and sense out of YouTube's partner program". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  5. ^ Lazarus, David (13 October 2015). "Contact AT&T's CEO, hear back from his lawyer". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  6. ^ Lazarus, David (17 November 2015). "BMW's fear of lawsuits blinds it to a customer's idea". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  7. ^ "David Lazarus writes about how he got started on KGO". Kgoam810.com. Archived from the original on 2011-05-25.
  8. ^ Lazarus, David (2 May 1997). "Judge to IBM: It's Not 1956 Anymore". Wired. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  9. ^ Stoll, Michael (2004-09-10). "Business Unusual". Grade the News. Archived from the original on 2012-02-04. Retrieved 2013-09-12.
  10. ^ Farnham, Alan (21 January 2014). "Fighting Telemarketers: When Do-Not-Call List Fails, These Strategies Work". ABC News. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  11. ^ David Lazarus on Twitter https://twitter.com/davidlaz
  12. ^ "David Lazarus – Business Columnist Los Angeles Times Privacy Proponent". kuci.org. 2007-11-14. Retrieved 2016-02-08.
  13. ^ The Norman Goldman Show http://normangoldman.com Archived 2015-04-17 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Lazarus, David (8 September 2015). "Consumer Confidential: How to Avoid Bank Fees". KTLA. Retrieved 8 September 2015.

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