Former LA Times editor William Thomas dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A former Los Angeles Times editor who helped the newspaper garner 11 Pulitzer Prizes during his 27-year tenure, has died. William F. Thomas was 89.
His son Pete told the Times (http://lat.ms/1ldVFp2 ) he died of natural causes Sunday at his Sherman Oaks home.
Thomas led the Times from 1971 to 1989, during which the newspaper widened its reach with the opening of domestic and foreign bureaus, the launch of the Sunday magazine, Book Review and other sections, plus regional editions.
The Times won its first Pulitzer for local reporting -- for its coverage of the 1965 Watts riot -- when Thomas was metro editor.
He also established the newspaper's reputation for literary journalism by giving reporters the freedom to pursue stories that didn't usually appear in newspapers.