‘Gentleman Exec’ Retires After Four Decades with City News Service

They don’t make journalism careers like this anymore. To put it in perspective, when Yet Lock first began his long service with downtown LA’s City News Service, Samuel L. Yorty was our mayor, Wilt Chamberlain was getting ready to lead the Lakers to their first post-Minneapolis NBA championship and X-rated flick Behind the Green Door would go on to earn a domestic theatrical gross of $50 million.

Although Lock (pictured) is still tying up a few loose ends, CNS tells FishbowlLA he is essentially already retired. He joined the service as vp in January of 1972 and held that same post for 40 years, making him quite possibly the longest-service news executive in Southern California.

“Through all these years, Yet has managed to remain the ‘gentleman news executive,’” said CNS editor Lori Streifler. “He has always related to the hundreds of CNS subscribers and literally thousands of CNS staff members through the years in a cordial, collegial manner. He will be greatly missed by all of us. We wish him the greatest future in retirement in Florida.”

Lock, who earned a journalism degree from Northwestern University, actually started out as a public school teacher. From there it was on to the LA mayor’s office before arriving at CNS. Founded in 1928, the company today ranks as the nation’s largest regional wire service.

[Photo courtesy CNS]