Mark Potts

Mark Potts was the founding managing editor of Alta. Formerly a journalist for the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and Associated Press, Mark created one of the first electronic news prototypes in the early 1990s and is a media entrepreneur, executive and consultant. He was the co-author of two business books, The Leading Edge and Dirty Money

Patrick Soon-Shiong bought the Los Angeles Times in a $500 million deal and is investing hundreds of millions of dollars to reverse the damage caused by years of neglect. He calls it his “100-year project” and says that resurrecting the newspaper is vital for democracy.

To Live and Die at the L.A. Times

Billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong bought the newspaper and inherited a hot mess of falling revenues, declining circulation, unionization, and a damaging cyberattack. That was the easy part.

The Oculus Go offers virtual reality experiences at a budget price.

Putting the ‘Real’ Into Virtual Reality

Virtual reality has been just around the corner for more than 25 years. Will the Oculus Go headset finally make VR real for the masses?

Inset: An artist’s rendering of stagecoach driver Charley Parkhurst.

The Coach Driver’s Secret

Charley Parkhurst was one of the rootin’, tootin’-est stagecoach driver in Gold Rush-era California. But Charley had a secret that became known only after death: he was actually a she.

Frank McCulloch, former top editor of the Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee and San Francisco Examiner, and Saigon bureau chief for Time magazine, calmly and firmly schooled a couple of generations of journalists on how to be better reporters, writers and editors.

A Journalist’s Journalist

Frank McCulloch was a journalist’s journalist, editing most of the state’s biggest newspapers and training a couple generations of journalists.

The 1939 Type 64 was the first Porsche.

Art on Four Wheels

‘The Porsche Effect,’ a new exhibit at Los Angeles’ Petersen Automotive Museum, is a joyride for fans of the legendary carmaker.

Founder and CEO of Theranos Elizabeth Holmes

Fake Blood

Was blood-testing company Theranos an ambitious startup gone very wrong — or was it an elaborate scam? John Carreyrou’s new book, “Bad Blood,” examines Silicon Valley’s most notable recent flameout.

Hotel California Album Cover

Hotel California

The Eagles’ classic "Hotel California” ended a musical era — and stood at the beginning of several new ones. This iconic album of summer rock anthems inspires our latest tribute.

Minus its crew, U.S. Navy blimp L-8 floats over Daly City, Calif., on Aug, 16, 1942, several hours after taking off from Treasure Island on a sub-hunting mission.

Misled Zeppelin

In the early days of WWII, a Navy sub-hunting blimp left Treasure Island for a routine flight with two experienced pilots aboard. Hours later, it came back — empty.

Ranch manager Preston Dyer rides Zamal at the ranch now known as Hearst San Simeon Arabians. Zamal was one of the 14 Arabian imports.

Arabian Adventure

In 1947, William Randolph Hearst sent three men on an Indiana Jones-like expedition to the Middle East in search of Arabian horses to restock the U.S. bloodlines.


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