The California College Media Association has relied on the service of Randy Hagihara since the organization’s founding in 2003. As senior editor for recruitment at the Los Angeles Times and director of the paper’s reporter training and summer internship programs, Randy has been an invaluable resource for many of our students, offering guidance as they made the transition from student to professional media.
Randy worked at the Los Angeles Times for 21 years, serving as senior editor for recruitment and director of the paper’s reporter training and summer internship programs. Prior to that he was city editor of the Times’ Orange County edition. Hagihara also served as Peninsula bureau chief at the San Jose Mercury News, which won the Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989. He was night city editor at the Oakland Tribune, an editor and police reporter at the Peninsula Times Tribune and reporter/photographer for a number of other newspapers in California. A native of Los Angeles, he attended Los Angeles Trade Technical College and Cal State Northridge.
His constant willingness to speak to students about applying for jobs and internships, along with the mentorship he has offered to new professionals at the Times, have made him a cherished resource. Additionally, Randy has served CCMA directly, coordinating judging for our General Excellence category and other categories for many years running. The CCMA board, along with hundreds of students and advisers, owe Randy a huge “thank you” for his dedication and service.