Chandler, Otis

Signed photo of the Los Angeles Times publisher 1960-80, chairman of Times-Mirror 1980-85

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(1927-2006) Los Angeles Times publisher 1960-80, led a large expansion of the newspaper and its ambitions. He was the 4th and last member of the Chandler family to hold the paper's top position. He made improvement of the paper's quality a top priority and raised its reputation and profit margins. His great-grandfather, Harrison Gray Otis, owned a stake in the newspaper since he joined the company in 1882, the year after the Los Angeles Daily Times began publication. He was the son of Norman Chandler, his predecessor as publisher, and Dorothy Chandler, noted patron of the arts. He was raised to share his family's distaste for labor unions. Chandler was raised on his parents' 10-acre Sierra Madre citrus ranch and his father insisted that he perform field labor and did not spoil him with gifts. He graduated from his parents' alma mater, Stanford University, where he was a successful athlete. While in college, he sometimes worked summers at the paper, most often moving printing plates and other heavy equipment. After leaving the Air Force 1951-53, he began a 7-year executive training program at The Times, beginning as a pressroom apprentice on the graveyard shift and he experienced work in all sections of the organization, including industrial production of the paper, business management, clerical administration, and the news-gathering operation. In 1960, he became publisher and quickly increased the budget of the paper, allowing it to expand its coverage from an overtly political (and generally conservative) publication to a modern, nonpartisan daily report. Under Chandler, The Times became a critically lauded newspaper. During Chandler's 20 years as publisher, and 5 subsequent years as editor in chief and chairman of the board of The Times' then-parent company, Times Mirror (1980-85), the paper won 9 Pulitzer Prizes and expanded from 2 to 34 foreign and domestic bureaus. He retired as publisher in 1980 at 52 to be chairman of Times Mirror, reducing his involvement in day-to-day operations of the company. He handed control of the paper to people outside the family in the mid-1980s and threw himself into other interests such as the Chandler Vintage Museum of Transportation and Wildlife in Oxnard, which he founded in 1987. He re-entered the public eye in 1999 when he publicly criticized the LA Times for creating a special issue of its Sunday magazine dedicated to the new Staples Center in downtown LA when the paper shared a financial interest in the property. He was not involved in negotiations by other family members to sell The Times to Tribune Company, a clear sign of his eroded influence. Chandler welcomed the outcome, largely because of his dissatisfaction with existing management of Times-Mirror, from whose board he retired in 1998. 10 x 8 SP, b&w seated bust portrait by photographer John Engstead of Beverly Hills, his studio stamp on verso.

Condition: Very good
Type:Photograph






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