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End of an era: We bid farewell as LA Times leaves its downtown headquarters

The Los Angeles Times Building in downtown Los Angeles, California on July 10, 2013.  The Tribune Company, a group which owns 23 television stations, announced plans Wednesday to spin off its newspaper division, which includes the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, separating the struggling unit from its growing television station holdings. Tribune Company  last week announced a $2.7 billion deal to buy 19 more local television stations and has said splitting into two distinct companies would give each "greater financial and operational focus." AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Times Building in downtown Los Angeles, California on July 10, 2013.

The Los Angeles Times is moving from its historic Art Deco headquarters in downtown Los Angeles to a campus in El Segundo.

The Los Angeles Times is moving from its historic Art Deco headquarters in downtown Los Angeles to a campus in El Segundo.

The move was announced by biotech billionaire, Patrick Soon-Shiong, who recently closed a $500 million deal to buy The Times. For more than eight decades, the structure in Times Mirror Square has been home to the publication. Designed by Gordon B. Kaufmann in 1935, the building is scheduled for redevelopment by the Vancouver-based real estate development company, Onni Group.

On Tuesday, former employees had a chance to tour the building one last time. Countless stories that shaped California were crafted in this building.

So what was it like to walk through these halls? Former Los Angeles Times writer, John Horn, and longtime columnist with The Times, Patt Morrison, join us to share their memories of the historic downtown building.

Guests:

Patt Morrison, columnist with the Los Angeles Times; author of the book “Don't Stop the Presses!: Truth, Justice, and the American Newspaper” (Angel City Press, 2018); she tweets

John Horn, former Los Angeles Times film writer and host of KPCC’s arts and entertainment program, The Frame; he tweets

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