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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

  • 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

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    Can Bobby Shriver reboot his campaign?

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  • Know what else Prop. 13 does? It gives tax breaks to country clubs.

    Know what else Prop. 13 does? It gives tax breaks to country clubs.

    When California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 13 in 1978, they were responding to a populist outcry over steeply rising property taxes, which especially hurt older homeowners living on fixed incomes. Proposition 13 dictated that property could be taxed at a maximum rate of 1% of its...

  • L.A.'s liability worries should never take precedence over protecting children

    L.A.'s liability worries should never take precedence over protecting children

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  • 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 increasingly...

  • 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 Wesson,...

  • 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 was a...

  • 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 during the...

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