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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

  • William Zinsser dies at 92; author of bestselling 'On Writing Well'

    William Zinsser dies at 92; author of bestselling 'On Writing Well'

    William Zinsser had been a writer and editor for 30 years, covering subjects as varied as shad running in the Hudson River and the Mau-Mau revolt in Kenya, when he complained to his wife that his well had gone dry. She had a brilliant idea: "You should write a book about how to write," she said....

  • Ann Shaw dies at 93; civic leader in Los Angeles for five decades

    Ann Shaw dies at 93; civic leader in Los Angeles for five decades

    In 1849, a black man walked into a one-room schoolhouse in Ohio with his son, Ed. "What's the matter with this damn schoolhouse that they won't take Ed?" he said when he confronted the white schoolmaster. "Ed has got to get in!" His words rang for generations of his family, particularly his great-granddaughter,...

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