Veteran journalist, LA Times reporter John Horn to host KPCC's new arts show

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John Horn — a film writer at the Los Angeles Times who has also covered the arts and entertainment in Southern California for nearly 30 years — joins KPCC in June as the host of an as-yet unnamed arts and entertainment program that will debut soon.

In announcing the hire to KPCC staff, Collin Campbell, managing editor, broadcast, wrote:

John is bringing his formidable insight, interviewing and writing skills and industry connections to KPCC as we embark on our most ambitious programming effort since the launch of "Take Two" in 2012. As host of the as-yet untitled program, John will anchor coverage that will serve as a daily chronicle of creativity and culture in Los Angeles, the creative capital of the world. The program will profile original thinkers, movers and shakers and new ways of doing business across the spectrum of film, TV, performing art, music and fine art in a conversational, news-driven approach.

At the Times, Horn has been the lead writer on the film industry since 2002, reporting behind the scenes to examine the creative process and explain how Hollywood works and why.

“We are thrilled to have a journalist of John’s caliber coming aboard to be the voice of our expanded arts and entertainment coverage,” said Russ Stanton, SCPR’s Vice President of Content, in a statement. “Our listeners are in for a real treat.“

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In recent years Horn traveled to the former plantation where "12 Years a Slave" was filmed with director Steve McQueen. He also charted how the story of the shooting at Columbine high school came to a stage in New York.

He reported on Angelina Jolie taking on her first major directing job, the story of Olympian and USC alum Louis Zamperini.

In 2012, he was the lead writer on the paper's award-winning effort to publicly identify the long-anonymous members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, who turned out to be a markedly less diverse group than the movie-going public.  

In addition to writing, Horn regularly moderates live events at the Academy, the Telluride Film Festival, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and "The Envelope" screening series.

Before joining the Times, John was a senior writer at Newsweek magazine, a senior editor at Premiere magazine, an entertainment reporter for the Associated Press and covered the television industry for the Orange County Register.  

Horn also served on the board of directors of The National Arts Journalism Program, where he was a fellow in the mid-1990s.

On the radio, Horn has been a regular contributor to "The Business" on KCRW, where he also regularly co-hosts on-air segments and podcasts on entertainment news.

On KPCC, Horn has been a guest on "Take Two" and "AirTalk," including a memorable appearance in 2012 on the morning of the theater shootings in Aurora, Colo. With less than an hour’s notice, he did a live Q&A with host Alex Cohen, discussing how Warner Bros. would alter its marketing of the latest "Batman" movie in the wake of the tragedy.

Thanks in part to Horn's contribution, that day's program won a Golden Mike award for best live coverage of a news story from the RTNA of Southern California.

This is the first of what ultimately will be five positions attached to the show. With Horn starting in June and the new team in place, KPCC will begin to develop the new program as a podcast and feature Horn on the air for listeners to enjoy. By this fall, KPCC will be ready to begin the new daily program on air, ramp up the podcast and bring some new programs to the Crawford Family Forum.

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