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Otis
Chandler
(Publisher, 1960-l980)
Otis Chandler graduated from his parents' alma mater,
Stanford, where he majored in history and minored in
journalism.  After two years in the Air Force, he embarked
on a seven-year training program in which he experienced
every aspect of the newspaper business.

After his father named him publisher, he
transformed the
Times
from a partisan, local newspaper to one of the
nation's most respected news sources.  Under his
leadership, the paper won nine Pulitzer Prizes and
expanded foreign bureaus from two to 34.

He expanded local coverage by hiring minority reporters,
including articles and photos of minority residents and
covering neighborhoods that were previously neglected.
In 1960, the Times received a Pulitzer Prize for public
service for its articles on narcotics traffic and the
reporting of
Gene Sherman, which led to negotiations
between the U.S. and Mexico to halt the flow of drugs
into Southern California.
In 1965, the six days of  the Watts Riots decimated
100 square blocks of the city.

The
Times explored diversity, and reporters swarmed
areas of the city never covered before.  The entire
staff  received a
Pulitzer Prize for local general or spot
news reporting.  Later, Chandler adopted a policy of
Equal Opportunity at the
Times.
John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson were nominated
at the 1960  
Democratic Convention held at the Los
Angeles Sports Arena.  Despite opposition from
conservative family members on the board, the
Times
covered both parties.  Otis's father Norman defended
his actions.
In the early '70s, when Nixon decided to mine
harbors in North Vietnam, UCLA basketball
champion
Bill Walton participated in a sit-in
on Westwood Blvd.
A 1969 Pulitzer went to war correspondent and
Times bureau chief William Tuohy for his   
coverage of the Vietnam War.
Ruben Salazar covered East Los Angeles for the
Times.  In 1970, he was killed during a Chicano
protest of the Vietnam War.
Later, Nixon had the paper investigated, and it
investigated the Watergate break-in that brought
Nixon down.
In 1964, the Times Mirror Company went public,
having diversified by acquiring 20 businesses,
publishing books and magazines and producing
paper and other forest products.
In 1961, the Times lost subscriptions when it opposed
the bigotry of the
John Birch Society, which had been
founded in 1958 by Robert Welch. Otis defended his  
reporters, but lost the support of Chandler family
members on the board of trustees who were Birch
Society members.
In 1973, Tom Bradley became the first
African-American to become mayor of a major
American city.  He was  backed by a coalition of
downtown and Westside leaders, including the
Los Angeles Times.
In 1986, Otis Chandler was voted off the board of
the
Times, beginning a period of gradual decline in
the size, quality and reputation of the newspaper.
Norman Chandler
What Makes a Great
Newspaper?
City of Los Angeles in 1960 by artist Jim
Doolin, Metropolitan Transit Authority, Los
Angeles.