Tim Rutten

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Tim Rutten is an American journalist who worked for the Los Angeles Times between 1971 and 2011.[1]

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.[2] He was laid off in a staff cutback in 2011.[1]

A native of San Bernardino, California, he majored in political science at California State University, Los Angeles.[2]


Rutten won a 1991 award from the Greater Los Angeles Press Club for editorial writing.[2] 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.[3]


  1. ^ a b Story and audio of ex-columnist Tim Rutten telling of his layoff and predicting the future of the Times, September 14, 2011]
  2. ^ a b c "Tim Rutten Bio". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-03-21. 
  3. ^ "ADL Honors L.A. Times Columnist Tim Rutten For Advancing Ideals Of First Amendment". Anti-Defamation League. November 14, 2008. Retrieved 2011-03-21.