Some may know the name Stephen Battaglio from his articles and appearances on shows like Morning Edition, CBS’ Sunday Morning and the Today show. Others perhaps have perused or purchased his books about the TV industry.
But for those who do not know the Battaglio background and turn to Google Search, the first two auto-completed strings are “Stephen Battaglio Oscars” and “Stephen Battaglio Seth MacFarlane.” Due to the fact that on the Oscars telecast hosted by MacFarlane, Battaglio’s faux byline appeared underneath the gag item headlined “Seth MacFarlane, Worst Oscar Host Ever.”
In the real world, Battaglio has taken his talents to the Los Angeles Times. From today’s internal announcement by assistant managing editor for arts & entertainment John Corrigan:
Stephen has joined our “Company Town” team as a reporter covering the TV and media business out of New York.
Stephen comes to us from TV Guide, where he was the business editor. He’s also held staff positions at the New York Daily News, inside.com and The Hollywood Reporter, where he was the New York bureau chief.
… Stephen is a terrific addition to our Company Town team. He has a track record of breaking news and in developing smart trend and enterprise pieces. He’ll bolster our coverage of the TV news and sports business, and his presence in New York will be an asset in covering the increasing amount of production taking place there.
Of Battaglio’s biography of the late TV personality and producer David Susskind, Kurt Andersen had this to say:
“As a kid growing up in Nebraska in the sixties, it was David Susskind’s talk show — Mailer! Vidal! Steinem! Capote! Malcolm X! — that made me start mentally packing my bags for New York and a writer’s life. But who knew he was also producing the TV series (East Side/West Side, Get Smart!) and movies (by Scorsese, Altman, Peckinpah) that I loved? Stephen Battaglio has produced a fascinating, definitive portrait of one of the kings of the Mad Men era.
Battaglio filed his first LA Times piece yesterday.
[Photo courtesy: Stephen Battaglio]
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Reporter Stephen Battaglio Had No Idea He Was Going to Star in Seth MacFarlane’s Opening Monologue