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

  • Mixed verdict on Supreme Court in 'Uncertain Justice,' 'Court of One'
    Mixed verdict on Supreme Court in 'Uncertain Justice,' 'Court of One'

    The U.S. Supreme Court is majestic, immensely powerful and deceptively fragile. It commands by the power of reason, and its justices are, as the great Robert Jackson once observed, not "final because we are infallible, but we are infallible only because we are final." And yet Americans today...

  • L.A.'s mellow response to 2020 Commission's crisis warning
    L.A.'s mellow response to 2020 Commission's crisis warning

    In April, the Los Angeles 2020 Commission presented a stack of recommendations that its members unanimously agreed were essential to overcome the city's "crisis in leadership and direction" and restore growth and stability. The group, convened in early 2013 by City Council President Herb...

  • A hearing on Charlie Beck becomes a lovefest for the LAPD chief
    A hearing on Charlie Beck becomes a lovefest for the LAPD chief

    If Thursday night’s public hearing in Canoga Park is any indicator, Chief Charlie Beck is carrying warm public support into his bid for another five years at the head of the Los Angeles Police Department. About 100 people turned out for the evening meeting of the Police Commission, and it...

  • How my interview with O.J. almost ended in a fistfight
    How my interview with O.J. almost ended in a fistfight

    As 1993 wound down, Leo Wolinksy, then the Metro editor at The Times, asked me to put together a story that would take stock of the period we’d just been through: A few days earlier, a jury had delivered a mishmash of verdicts against those involved in the beating of Reginald O. Denny...

  • Get ready for the great L.A. County leadership changeover
    Get ready for the great L.A. County leadership changeover

    Last week's elections provided plenty for political wonks to chew on. Incumbent statewide officeholders, all of them Democrats, cruised to significant victories, and though they face nominal runoffs in November (the result of the new, top-two primary system), none looks to have trouble. Wendy...

  • The promise of a balanced future for the Santa Monica Mountains
    The promise of a balanced future for the Santa Monica Mountains

    The coastal range of the Santa Monica Mountains is a vast regional treasure. Malibu Canyon cuts through the hills, its sides rising more than 2,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean. Groves of oaks and sycamores dot rolling waves of chaparral. Hundreds of species of plants and animals inhabit the...

  • As Assembly speaker, he helped tame the budget. What's next for John Pérez?
    As Assembly speaker, he helped tame the budget. What's next for John Pérez?

    John A. Pérez became speaker of the Assembly, arguably the second-most powerful position in California, on March 1, 2010. When he took the oath, the state faced the highest unemployment rate in its recorded history and a budget shortfall of $60 billion. The California Department of...

  • Tinkering won't fix a profoundly broken Sheriff's Dept.
    Tinkering won't fix a profoundly broken Sheriff's Dept.

    The first question for anyone contemplating the future of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is this: Is it suffering from a few small problems or is it profoundly broken? There's good reason to believe it's the latter.

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