|1983 article from the Southeast News highlighting my work on the Norwalk city history book. I was the PIO for the City back then, and 30 some years later, I am BACK in the GREAT community of Norwalk on behalf of the Los Cerritos Community News.! www.loscerritosnews.net.|
to cover Norwalk for the Los Cerritos Community News. Thanks to LCCN Publisher Brian Hews, and Editor in Chief Jerry Bernstein for bringing me "back home" where my professional career began 30 years ago.
Please visit the Los Cerritos Community Newspaper at www.LosCerritosNews.net
By Randy Economy
|Back covering Norwalk City Hall....|
Los Cerritos Community News
“Norwalk is our city…”
Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know how the song ends. Norwalk to be “proud.”
It was 40 years ago, when at age 11 (1971), legendary Norwalk Mayor Robert E. ”Bob” White told me that “you can take the kid out of Norwalk, but you can’t take Norwalk out of the man. Once you are part of Norwalk, it becomes part of your heart and soul.”
Fast forward to 2011, and those words have been ringing in my ear all week long.
I am BACK doing what I love most, being a “working” journalist, and I am back where the road began for me and countless others right here in Norwalk.
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|...and Cerritos College...|
My “beat” will be Norwalk.
I will be covering news out of Norwalk City Hall, Cerritos College, the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District, the Norwalk’s Sheriff’s Station, the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce, Little Lake City School District, and everywhere between Lakeland Road and into the proud neighborhoods located south of Alondra. I will also help get the word out about “everyday” life in Norwalk. Service clubs, churches, society functions, going to get you all covered.
I am no stranger to Norwalk. I started my career as a “working” journalist here in 1982, when at age 22, I was named the youngest city editor at the former Norwalk Herald American Newspaper. I took over the reins from former Norwalk editors John Tisdale, Steve Eames, and John Echeveste Sr., the original “Mr. Norwalk” back in the day.
After working with the Norwalk Herald American, I ended up becoming the Public Information Officer for the City of Norwalk. I was the author of the city of Norwalk’s pictorial history book, help launch the city’s local cable television programming, oversaw the Norwalk Now Newsletter and the Norwalk Annual Calendar.
|I am looking forward to covering the new Norwalk City Council!|
A great local community newspaper tells the story of the community day in and day out.
|Ruben Vives. Local LA Times Reporter now the owner of a Pulitzer.|
I am also keenly aware on how a “local beat reporter” can uncover the biggest news
stories in America, by just “doing his job.”
My friend Ruben Vives, one of dozens of local “beat reporters” for the Los Angeles Times, was awarded the coveted “Pulitzer Prize for Public Affairs” on Monday for his historic coverage of the corruption at Bell City Hall.
Ruben and fellow LA Times Reporter Jeff Gottlieb went to Bell City Hall one day and asked to see copies of “real checks” that were being written to the city manager, chief of police, city councilmember’s, “part time city attorney” and to dozens of other vendors and department heads.
What they ended with was a Pulitzer Prize. I now get goose bumps when I think of Ruben and Jeff.
On Monday, after it was announced that they won the Pulitzer, Ruben and Jeff and every local “beat reporter” at the LA Times broke open the champagne bottles and made a toast, to the “next City of Bell story.”
Their groundbreaking work now makes all of us as journalists appreciate our “role” here in our community.
Great to be back in the hood, keep you posted.
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