The Year 2012 in Review: Ten L.A. Journalist Feel-Good Stories

In the space of a few days this time last year, film critic Alonso Duralde went from tweeting about the vile acts of an LA arsonist, to revealing he had become a victim of carport incineration, to thanking the public at large for donations to cover the purchase of a new vehicle. As such, his experiences stand as one of the more unconventionally heartwarming news stories of 2012 involving an LA journalist.

But there were others. Here are nine more such items from this reporter’s FishbowlLA docket:

Josh Groban Serenades KCRW DJ Anne Litt
The ditty sounds as good today as it did when we first heard it.

Beverly Hills High Student Cracks Obama Press Corps
Look for this guy in the White House press conference room circa Hillary Clinton‘s second term.

KTLA Reporter Uses Old iPad to Report About New iPad
A wonderful example of field reporting iNGENUITY.

Reporter Confirms: No Dead Guy This Year in Her Vegas Hotel Room
Sometimes, it’s the little things.

Anne Litt & Josh Groban, Part Deux
So good, we had to write about it twice.

LA High School Grad is Apple of Tech Journalism’s Eye
And focused now in Ann Arbor, MI on a more practical college major.

Hollywood Journalist Recalls His Long History with Ernest Borgnine
The death of the late, great actor prompted THR reporter Scott Feinberg to explain how he was able, in recent years, to overcome a high school journalism years slip-up involving the star of Marty.

WeHoNews Editor Thanks Dorothy Lucey For Letting Him Keep Mascot*
The response to this item we received from Ryan Gierach says it all.

Actor Taylor Negron Celebrates the Life, Legacy of an LA Murder Victim
The year’s best and unlikeliest LA obit. Bravo, Mr. Negron!

Previously on FishbowlLA:
Jackie Johnson, Dorothy Lucey Lead the Way at FishbowlLA

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.