Los Angeles Times

John M. Glionna

Writer

John M. Glionna is a former national reporter for the Los Angeles Times, based in Las Vegas. He covered a large swath of the American West, writing about everything from people to politics. He has also served as the Seoul bureau chief on the newspaper's foreign desk, where he covered the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami and the subsequent death of North Korean strongman Kim Jong Il. He has also written extensively about California. He teaches a journalism course at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Glionna left The Times in 2015. 

Recent Articles

  • Too poor to retire and too young to die

    Too poor to retire and too young to die

    At the wise age of 79, Dolores Westfall knows food shopping on an empty stomach is a fool's errand. On her way to the grocery store last May, she pulled into the Town & Country Family Restaurant to take the edge off her appetite. After much consideration, she ordered the prime rib special and an...

  • Former Romanian orphan in the U.S. helps other 'unsalvageables' in his homeland

    Former Romanian orphan in the U.S. helps other 'unsalvageables' in his homeland

    Izidor Ruckel cradles his bowling ball, his eyes challenging the pins. Ruckel — slender, just 5 feet 2 and still hobbled by the polio he contracted as a child — delivers the ball, which skitters into the gutter. He winces and limps away, rubbing his leg. No matter. On this night he's just trying...

  • Decades later, Dave's still not here: A conversation with Tommy Chong

    Decades later, Dave's still not here: A conversation with Tommy Chong

    Dave's not here. For more than a generation, for both the young and the not-so-young anymore, those three words have become synonymous with a state of chemically induced confusion. They're the brainchild of Richard "Cheech" Marin and Tommy Chong, the up-in-smoke comedy duo who in the 1970s first...

  • Scholar reclaims hometown of Cody, Wyo., and gays' and lesbians' place in the West

    Scholar reclaims hometown of Cody, Wyo., and gays' and lesbians' place in the West

    Gregory Hinton's rental car eases along the main drag of this town established by William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody. Hinton's a proud tour guide of his boyhood haunts in the place where his father was once top editor at the newspaper Cody founded. Hinton drives streets wide enough for horse-drawn...

  • Syrian refugees fear backlash: 'They don't want us to stay here'

    Syrian refugees fear backlash: 'They don't want us to stay here'

    Three years ago, Khadija Aloush fled the fighting in Syria for Denmark, where she found anything but a warm welcome. At the market or bus stops, people would step away from the 41-year-old hairstylist and her family to avoid them. If she smiled or waved at Danish children, their parents sometimes...

  • Las Vegas outs its water hogs -- at least when asked

    Las Vegas outs its water hogs -- at least when asked

    What do Sheldon Adelson, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and the Sultan of Brunei’s brother have in common? Well, they’re all mind-bogglingly wealthy. But here’s something else: They’re all listed on a recent tally of Las Vegas' biggest water users, each draining Lake Mead of up to 18 million of gallons a...

  • 1,800 protected wild horses sent to their deaths in Mexican slaughterhouses

    1,800 protected wild horses sent to their deaths in Mexican slaughterhouses

    Wild-horse activists are furious now that a government report has confirmed their suspicions: The Bureau of Land Management sold 1,794 federally protected wild horses to a Colorado rancher who sent them to slaughter. The report by the U.S. Interior Department Office of Inspector General, horse...

  • NRA and Michael Bloomberg square off over guns. So who's winning?

    NRA and Michael Bloomberg square off over guns. So who's winning?

    When Michael R. Bloomberg last year pledged $50 million to take on the mighty NRA at its own game — using bare-knuckled politics to win over state legislatures and voters and make the pro-gun crowd “afraid of us” — he was talking about places like Maine. The state’s small population is shifting...

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