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Where Are They Now? 

An ever-evolving list of L.A. Weekly alumni

Thursday, Dec 25 2003
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Marc B. Haefele. A Weekly contributor in the ’80s and City Hall staff reporter from 1996 to 2002. Left the paper after a dispute with editors over whether they had the right to assign him a column topic — not the point of view, just the topic. He is now the city editor of the L.A. Alternative Press and provides radio commentary on KPCC, where he’s introduced as "the dean of City Hall reporters," a sobriquet few would challenge.

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Lonnée Hamilton. Part of the Weekly universe as copy editor, assistant manager in proofreading and writer during latter 1980s through 1991. Wrote about Generation X and interviewed Jean-Bertrand Aristide before his rise to power in Haiti. Post-Weekly, got master’s in dramatic writing at NYU and worked as a copy editor at The Village Voice. Now an administrator at a South Pasadena elementary school with a special focus on arts education. Married to Tony Palazzo, whom she met while at the Weekly. Two kids; two dogs.

Sandra Hernandez. A staff writer from about 1994 through 1999, she devoted particular attention to issues of immigration and immigrants. Afterward, she covered politics in Venezuela for the Associated Press, and also freelanced for U.S. publications in Columbia and Venezuela. Currently a staff writer with the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida on the race and demographics team.

Pamela Klein. During her long tenure as research editor and intern-program director, Klein, a onetime intern herself, assembled a monster assembly line that trained an army of future journalists. For the most part, interns did fact-checking and freelance writing. These days, fact-checking roles have mostly passed on to paid employees. Klein combined a corporate 9-to-5 efficiency with a militant fanaticism for getting every fact right. She also threw into the mix her culturally libertine sensibilities and a love of bakelite jewelry. In 2001, she decamped with her professor husband and young daughter to the Virgin Islands. She’s finishing a novel and is soon headed off to meditate with a mystic in Chile’s Andes Mountains. The mystic thinks she had a past life as a black woman.

Helen Knode. At the Weekly from 1985 to 1991 as film and theater critic, film editor, features writer and columnist. Recently published first novel, The Ticket Out, a crime story about women in Hollywood, and she’s hacking away at the sequel. Married to novelist James Ellroy.

Laureen Lazarovici. Spent five and a half years at the Weekly, mostly as a City Hall reporter. At the end of 1994, she became a California Journal staff writer and then went on to an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship in Washington, D.C. She covered Capitol Hill for a year and a half for Education Daily and is currently assistant editor at the AFL-CIO publications department.

Robert Lloyd. More evidence that even though you don’t need to have a band to work at the Weekly, it doesn’t hurt. Lloyd’s band played at the Weekly’s fifth-anniversary party, and, with a different band, he played at the paper’s recent 25th-anniversary bash too. Started at the Weekly as a typographer just before the paper’s first anniversary. Later served as music editor, TV writer and all-purpose columnist. Remembered also for The Critical List columns. Now a TV writer for the Los Angeles Times.

Rian Malan. Worked at the Weekly from about 1979 through 1981, serving as contributing editor, music editor and news editor. Cover stories included one on the anti-draft movement in L.A., a piece on Runyon Canyon, and an article titled "The Night They Rounded Up the Hustlers on Santa Monica Boulevard," co-written with Vyto Pluira. Malan is best-known for his book My Traitor’s Heart: A South African Exile Returns To Face His Country, His Tribe, and His Conscience (1991). The book is regularly cited as one of the finest prose meditations from a native, white South African on his personal and his country’s struggles with apartheid. In 2001, Malan wrote a lengthy, provocative feature for Rolling Stone on the AIDS crisis in Africa. In it, he challenged the death rates claimed by AIDS activists.

Ruben Martinez. Started freelancing in 1986; hired on as staff writer a year later and served as news editor from 1991 to 1993. A first-generation American of parents from Mexico and El Salvador, he describes himself as a poet and activist prior to landing at the Weekly. "I caught the tale end of the first generation of the Weekly," said Martinez. "There were still condoms and syringes in the bathroom. We used to have a lot of beer the night we put the paper to the bed on Wednesday . . . I was a college dropout, so the Weekly was like my university." His pieces ranged wide, but he especially recalls his exposé on L.A.’s Catholic Church with Ron Curran and Mike Davis. Post-Weekly, he hosted Life and Times on KCET-TV, then moved to Mexico City to write and research. Also did a stint as a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Design School. His books include Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail (2001). He currently teaches creative writing at the University of Houston. His fourth book, The New Americans, due out in March, is a series of essays about globalization and migration.

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