LocationAlhambra , CA United States
Jon Thurber, a veteran journalist whose long career at the Los Angeles Times included serving as managing editor of the print edition, has been named publisher of the Alhambra Source.
Thurber held a number of other management positions at the Times, including news obituary editor and editor of the book review, and he was also a leader of the paper’s reinvention committee as the Times transitioned from a predominantly print product to refocus its efforts on digital publication.
“Jon has the experience and vision to move the Alhambra Source forward to an even more dynamic civic institution in Alhambra and the larger SGV,” said Sandra Ball-Rokeach, Professor of Communication and Sociology Emerita at USC Annenberg School for Communication and one of the founders of the Alhambra Source.
Michael Parks, professor of journalism at USC Annenberg and former editor of the Los Angeles Times, said, “As a co-founder of the Alhambra Source, I am delighted we were able to recruit a journalist of Jon’s caliber to help us grow in excellence and in service to the community.”
At the Alhambra Source, Thurber will focus on development, including fund-raising, as the Source continues its transition from its historic association with the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC to a self-sustaining model under the stewardship of Community Partners, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.
Thurber was born in Los Angeles and grew up in South Pasadena. In a career at the Times that spanned decades, he was at various times a police reporter, an editor on the paper’s foreign desk, in charge of the production operation for the paper’s then vast feature sections, the editor who refocused and built its news obituary coverage, and as managing editor for the print edition, selected and helped shape the stories for its front page.
Since leaving the Times, he has been a freelance writer and editor for various publications, including the Washington Post, UCLA’s Blueprint public policy magazine and City of Hope.
“The Alhambra Source is a fascinating experiment in community journalism,” Thurber said. “And in these days, we must do all we can to support such a worthy endeavor. I’m pleased to be coming aboard, joining the visionary founders Sandra and Michael, a small but mighty staff of engaged journalists and a strong board of advisers that wants nothing more than to serve quality journalism in Alhambra and the San Gabriel Valley.”