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  • Mary Melton

    Editor-in-Chief

    Melton came to Los Angeles magazine as a senior editor in 2000, became executive editor in 2002, and was named editor-in-chief in 2009. She has overseen the magazine’s theme issues, edited features and service stories, written personality profiles and popular culture pieces, and directed the launch of the magazine’s Web site, LAmag.com. Under her leadership, Los Angeles won two National Magazine Awards in 2011 from the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME)—for General Excellence and Feature Writing—the first in the magazine’s history. Two more ASME nominations followed in 2012. Prior to Los Angeles, Melton was an editor and writer at the Los Angeles Times Magazine, from 1995 until 2000. She began her journalism career as an intern at the L.A. Weekly, where she was later appointed managing editor. A fourth-generation Angeleno and a graduate of Hollywood High School, Melton holds a degree in history from UCLA. Follow her @MaryMeltonLA.

 

Walk This Way


A Well-Written Life


Regrets, I Have a Few

I don’t spend much time at sea—like, practically none—but I am an explorer. A few years ago, while driving back from a dinner at the old-school Dal Rae steak house in Pico Rivera, I pointed to the Commerce Casino and said to my husband, “We gotta go there at least once, right?” Read more...

Quake Hold

When I’m traveling and I tell someone I’m from L.A., I brace myself for the inevitable question: “Aren’t you afraid of earthquakes?” Of course I am. When you’re nice and cozy beneath the covers and suddenly your bed frame shakes you awake and you’re re-creating a scene from The Exorcist, it’s freaking terrifying. Read more...

The Trade Off

The movie business has faced challenges since the moment D.W. Griffith unfolded his director’s chair downtown in1913. Television was supposed to kill it off, then Betamax tapes and video games. None did, but the way we consume media (think binge watching) has taken its toll on the bottom line. Read more...

Make It a Mai Tai

For Marcel Proust a madeleine famously opened the floodgates of memory. A ripe pineapple does it for me: One bite and I’m back in Hawaii Read more...

Holy Mackerel!

At my first Dodgers game this year, on June 6, I watched rookie Yasiel Puig step up to the plate—bases loaded, bottom of the eighth—and plug a high fly into deep right... Read more...

Doctor’s Orders: Editor-in-Chief Mary Melton on Los Angeles Magazine's September Issue

Two years ago I sat on an airplane and pondered the L.A. Woman. For the first time we were devoting an issue of the magazine to the subject. One idea that didn’t make the cut was my own: to profile the women who keep me well—the dermatologist, the OB-GYN, the GI specialist, the nutritionist, and the breast doctor: Dr. Kristi Funk... Read more...

Can You Dig It?

Among the many periodicals that land in my mailbox, Archaeology magazine may offer the most inspiration Read more...

Shadow Walking

My uncle Mel was on a Manson family hit list. In 1975, four years after Charles Manson and three of his followers were convicted of first-degree murder, a policeman knocked on Mel’s door to deliver the news. Read more...
 
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