Los Angeles Times

Elaine Woo

Writer

Elaine Woo is a Los Angeles native who has written for her hometown paper since 1983. She covered public education and filled a variety of editing assignments before joining "the dead beat" – news obituaries – where she has produced artful pieces on celebrated local, national and international figures, including Norman Mailer, Julia Child and Rosa Parks. She left The Times in 2015. 

Recent Articles

  • Bernice Gordon, longtime creator of crossword puzzles, dies at 101

    Bernice Gordon, longtime creator of crossword puzzles, dies at 101

    Bernice Gordon, who delighted, bedeviled and sometimes outraged aficionados of the crossword puzzle during a six-decade career unusual not only for its longevity but the artfulness of her brain-teasing constructions, died Thursday at her Philadelphia home. She was 101. The cause was heart disease,...

  • John 'Jack' Leggett, mentor of emerging authors, dies at 97

    John 'Jack' Leggett, mentor of emerging authors, dies at 97

    John Leggett, a novelist, biographer and literary mentor whose ability to recognize emerging talent distinguished his 17-year tenure as head of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, died Jan. 25 in Napa. He was 97. Later the cofounder and director of the Napa Valley Writers' Conference, Leggett had pneumonia,...

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