Investigative Reporting Vet Reunites on PR Side with Former LAT Colleague

San Francisco strategic communications firm G.F. Bunting takes its name from president Glenn F. Bunting. It’s known for hiring away journalists to the more lucrative field of public relations and has today confirmed the recruitment of a reporter who worked for and with Bunting for many years at the LA Times.

Ralph Frammolino (pictured), whose LAT career began in 1983 and spanned 25 years, is joining the firm as LA based senior executive. He recently won a California Book Award for Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World’s Richest Museum, based on his final big newspaper series about how the J.Paul Getty Museum and other U.S. art institutions acquired looted Greek and Roman antiquities on the black market. From today’s press release:

Throughout his Times career, Frammolino demonstrated a remarkable versatility by working for nearly every major section of the newspaper. He covered the entertainment industry for the Business section, California state government for the Sacramento Bureau and higher education for the Specialists desk.

He filed stories for the National Desk from Ground Zero after 9/11 and reported out of the Beijing Bureau. He wrote a front-page story as part of the Times‘ Pulitzer-prize winning coverage of the 1994 Northridge earthquake… His stories uncovered a vast back-door admissions system at UCLA favoring the wealthy, famous and politically connected. Another exclusive revealed a cornea mill running out of the Los Angeles Count medical examiner’s office, prompting a new state law restricting eye tissue donations. His expose about inflated billings under a Los Angeles City contract led to federal fraud convictions of two Fleishman-Hillard public relations executives.

After taking a voluntary buyout from the Times in 2008, he also went on to teach at the Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media in Bangalore.