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Michael Hiltzik to return to writing Business column

December 19, 2008 | 10:21 am

Business Editor Sallie Hofmeister's memo to Times staff:

Michael Hiltzik, one of the paper's most prolific writers and distinctive voices, will return to being a columnist for the Business section. 

A 27-year Times veteran, Michael has distinguished himself since returning to Business a year ago (after a brief stint in Sports) with smart, analytical stories, many of which have been followed by our competitors.

Michael has an uncanny knack for synthesizing complicated information and making it easy for readers to understand. This year, he has produced 25 A1 stories on a broad range of subjects, from hedge funds' track records in Hollywood to the nation's broken health care insurance system. Most recently, he helped anchor our coverage of the Bush Administration's financial bailout plan. 

A former foreign correspondent, who has served the paper in both Moscow and Nairobi, Michael won a Pulitzer Prize in 1999 with colleague Chuck Philips for reporting on corruption in the entertainment industry. Five years later, he won a Gerald Loeb Award for his Golden State column, which the judges called "smart, angry, sometimes laugh out loud funny, tackling complex subjects in a lively accessible style with a strong voice and a real sense of being on the reader's side."

Michael is the author of three works of nonfiction. His fourth book, "Colossus," a history of the Hoover Dam, is due out shortly.

The new column will showcase Michael's range, depth and critical thinking on business subjects of national and local import. It will appear on Mondays and Thursdays, beginning January 5th. 

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