Los Angeles Times

Jim Newton

Columnist

Jim Newton is editor at large of the Los Angeles Times and writes a weekly column for the Op-Ed page on the policy and politics of Southern California. 

Newton came to the Los Angeles Times in 1989, having previously worked as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and as a clerk at the New York Times, where he served as columnist James Reston's assistant from 1985-86. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the recipient of numerous local and national awards. He was part of the Los Angeles Times' coverage of the Los Angeles riots in 1992 and the earthquake of 1994, both of which were awarded Pulitzer Prizes to the staff. 

Newton also is the author of two critically acclaimed, best-selling biographies, "Justice for All: Earl Warren and the Nation He Made," and "Eisenhower: The White House Years."

Recent Articles

  • The voice of foster kids

    The voice of foster kids

    Heather Whelan has been a foster mother to some 20 children. She has nurtured broken babies back to health and worked closely with parents to fix families. She has also cringed as social workers made life-changing decisions about her charges without consulting her. In one case, she says, the county...

  • Watch: Leaders discuss what L.A. can learn from Ferguson

    Watch: Leaders discuss what L.A. can learn from Ferguson

    We had an unusual gathering at the L.A. Times this afternoon, as County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and City Councilman Bernard C. Parks, not the best of friends, joined journalist Erin Aubry Kaplan, USC professor Jody David Armour and me to talk about the events in Ferguson, Mo., and their implications...

  • L.A. can, and should, solve its 'wall time' problem

    L.A. can, and should, solve its 'wall time' problem

    Some issues in government are genuinely complex or divisive. Many defy solutions — ending violence in Gaza, say, or protecting children in foster care. What I am about to describe is not one of those issues. This one is costing taxpayers and risking lives, and yet fixing it is eminently doable....

  • The contentious, complicated fight for water in California

    The contentious, complicated fight for water in California

    California's water system is an engineering marvel, a testament to generations of sustained investment and a vast, complex web of infrastructure. It makes Los Angeles possible. It is also in trouble.

  • Why porn and condoms don't mix

    Why porn and condoms don't mix

    Los Angeles voters committed some bad public policy in 2012 when they approved Measure B, which mandated the use of condoms in any adult film shot in the county. Now, state lawmakers are prepared to double down on that misadventure and spread the mandate to all of California.

  • The LAUSD board election matters; voters should turn out

    The LAUSD board election matters; voters should turn out

    On Aug. 12, voters in Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education District 1 will choose between Alex Johnson and George McKenna. The winner will join the LAUSD's seven-member board and will represent some of the region's poorest communities, desperately in need of quality schools. The...

  • Would a citizens commission work in overseeing L.A.'s sheriff?

    Would a citizens commission work in overseeing L.A.'s sheriff?

    Momentum is building for the creation of a citizens commission to oversee the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, where scandals led to the criminal convictions of deputies and to Sheriff Lee Baca's resignation this year. Now, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas has introduced a motion to create...

  • Who comes after Jerry Brown as California's next governor: The three top picks

    Who comes after Jerry Brown as California's next governor: The three top picks

    Even as Californians prepare to elect — or, more likely, reelect — a governor in November, some of the state's top political minds are turning to the question of what comes after Gov. Jerry Brown. In one sense, it's a difficult question: Brown's family has commanded so much influence for so long...

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