John Cherwa

John Cherwa is a special contributor to the Los Angeles Times. He started at The Times in 1980 and left in 1995 to be sports editor of the Chicago Tribune and Tribune Company Sports Coordinator in 2002. He rejoined The Times in 2009 and left his post as deputy sports editor late in 2017. Currently, his major coverage area is horse racing, where he authors our Racing! newsletter and also covers big races and does general assignment work for the sports department. After covering nine straight Olympics, he is helping with the Times Olympics coverage but from stateside. He is also an adjunct professor on the business of sports media at the University of Central Florida.
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Racing! What to do when we are away

For those of you going through Santa Anita/Del Mar/Los Alamitos/Golden Gate withdrawal over the holidays, I’ve prepared my Degenerates List of Racing while we are away. And I mean “degenerates” only in the most loving and caring way.

John Hall, a sportswriter whose stories appeared in Southern California newspapers for more than four decades, dies at 90

John Hall, a sportswriter whose columns and stories appeared for more than four decades in Southern California newspapers, has died. He was 90. Hall died Monday night at a hospice facility near his home in San Clemente, according to his wife, Toni.