David Rosenzweig, a former Los Angeles Times editor whose journalism career included coverage of the Vietnam War, the Hillside Strangler case and the Symbionese Liberation Army, has died. He was 67.
Rosenzweig, who had cancer, died of pneumonia Wednesday at his home in Santa Monica, said his wife, Lael Rubin.
Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, Rosenzweig got his first reporting job at the Newark Star Ledger in 1962. He worked at the Newark Evening News and joined The Associated Press in 1964. His assignments for the AP included a year in Saigon covering the Vietnam War.
He joined the Times in 1971 as a staff writer and went on to hold various editing positions, including metropolitan editor and assistant managing editor for investigations.
He returned to reporting in 1993 and was covering the federal courts when he retired in December 2005.
“He was a terrific reporter,” said former Times columnist and city editor Bill Boyarsky.
Rosenzweig made news himself in Los Angeles during the McMartin Pre-School molestation case in the 1980s when he acknowledged that he had become romantically involved with Rubin, who was lead prosecutor. Rosenzweig recused himself from covering the case.
In addition to his wife, Rosenzweig is survived by two stepchildren, two grandchildren and a sister.