No. 74. John Myers
John Myers is the Los Angeles Times bureau chief in Sacramento, and a respected journalist who made the rare transition from broadcast to print (it’s usually the other way around) after years at KQED and ABC10 in Sacramento. Myers came to LAT in 2015, as the paper dealt with years of budget and staff cuts and seemed to be in declining fortunes under the ownership of the embarrassingly-named TRONC Inc. But that all changed in 2018 when a Los Angeles billionaire, Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, bought the Times and injected new resources, energy and optimism. A union – cue the entire Chandler line spinning in unison in their graves – soon followed. Like many institutions, the LAT has faced a reckoning this year, sparked by questions about racial equity at the organization. Meanwhile, in Sacramento, Myers and his team struggled to cover a Capitol that had – for the first time in memory – shut down, changing all the norms of political newsgathering. Through it all, the Sacto bureau has produced a steady stream of top-notch reporting, and much of the credit for that goes to Myers.
Updated Aug. 11, 2020