The LAist Interview: J.A. Adande
On Thursday May 5, LAist Sports Editor Phil Wallace interviewed Los Angeles Times Sports Columnist J.A. Adande. The two discussed everything from Adande's start in journalism to the future of the Los Angeles Lakers to the best column Adande ever wrote. Q: Age and occupation?
A: 34. Los Angeles Times Sports Columnist
Q: How long have you lived in Los Angeles, and which neighborhood do you live in?
A: I’ve been back out here for eight years. I grew up out here, in Santa Monica. I’m currently living in – I call it Marina Del Reyish. Not quite Marina Del Rey. Not quite Mar Vista. Marina Del Rey sounds good enough for me.
Q: Alright, Marina Del Rey it is. Now, we got in touch with you through [Interview Editor] Jessica Ritz who went to Crossroads. We heard you were the editor of the Crossroads newspaper. How does that compare to the LA Times?
A:[Laughs] It’s an extraordinary difference. We came out 3-4 times a year. They just had a reunion for the Crossfire, and they made up a poster with all of the covers of the other Crossfires. So I looked at my little section, and there were only like 12 of them. And I said, ‘man all that work’… because it seemed like I was working on that paper all the time. We come out with seven a week here [at the Times]. So that was a big difference when I went to college, and we’re coming out with the Daily Northwestern. All of a sudden it’s five days a week. And now of course it’s every single day, and just the impact, knowing that every single person is reading it.
Q: Did you always want to be a journalist?
A: Yeah, pretty much since 8th Grade. I originally wanted to be the next Chick Hearn. That’s what got me started.