Former ‘LA Times’ Reporter Baker Dies at 86

By: E&P Staff

Erwin Baker, a former reporter for the Los Angeles Times, died Aug. 7. He was 86.

Baker’s daughter told The Associated Press that he died of congestive heart failure at a care facility in Kansas City, Kan.

Baker covered city government for the newspaper from the early 1960s until his retirement in 1983.

?He covered a very controversial era in a very honest, straightforward way,? former Times City Editor Bill Boyarsky told the AP. ?Not in fancy writing, but in a traditional kind of journalism, absolute high on integrity and facts.?

According to Boyarsky, who replaced Baker as City Hall bureau chief, the reporter gained notoriety among colleagues when the Times expanded his one-person office in the early 1970s.

?He wasn?t famous, but he was just one of those people who was the heart and soul of the newspaper business,? Boyarsky said.

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