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Former LAT sports writer Lonnie White dies

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by OTD, Mar 30, 2014.

  1. OTD

    OTD Active Member

    Lonnie covered a variety of pro and college sports for the Times. Before that, Lonnie played football for USC, setting a single-season record for kickoff return yardage. He made training camp for the Saints, but was injured.

    Lonnie worked for the Times through 2008, when he was laid off in a staff reduction. After that, he was known for two things he would have rather not have been part of his experience. In 2010, he was featured in a Discovery Health Channel show on a rare, debilitating skin condition he had. In 2011, he admitted to taking money while playing at USC.

    In any event, he was a good writer (also writing a book on the UCLA-USC rivalry) and a genuinely nice guy.

  2. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    RIP. Sad to hear. Read him a lot over the years in the LAT.

    Tough week for former LAT folks. Ruth Ryon, who created the must-read Hot Property column, died Friday.

  3. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Engaged with him often when I was a scrub at the P-T long ago. Cool guy.
  4. busch

    busch Member

    Sad news. Covered a lot of events with Lonnie back in the day. Not sure I ever saw him without a smile on his face. Just a really, really good person.
  5. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    LAT obit


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