Oral Histories

Interview of Gladwin Hill

Chief of the Los Angeles bureau of the New York Times from 1946 to 1968. National environmental correspondent from 1969 to 1971.
Gladwin Hill
California State Archives State Government Oral History Program
Politics and Government
Biographical Note:
Chief of the Los Angeles bureau of the New York Times from 1946 to 1968. National environmental correspondent from 1969 to 1971.
Vasquez, Carlos
Hill, Gladwin
Persons Present:
Hill and Vasquez.
Place Conducted:
Hill's home in Hollywood, California.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Interviewer Background and Preparation:
The interview was conducted by Carlos Vasquez, Director, UCLA State Government Interview Series, UCLA Oral History Program; B.A., Political Science, UCLA; M.A., Political Science, Stanford University; Ph.D. candidate, History, UCLA.There exist no private papers which the interviewer was able to consult for this interview, although he reviewed Hill's published works.
Processing of Interview:
Vasquez checked the verbatim manuscript of the interview against the original tape recordings, edited for punctuation, paragraphing, and spelling, and verified proper names. Insertions by the editor are bracketed. The interviewer also prepared the introductory materials.Hill reviewed the transcript and returned it to the UCLA Oral History Program with only minor corrections. One major addition made by Hill at the time of transcript review is designated in the text by a footnoted bracket.
Series Statement:
Interviews in this series were undertaken by the UCLA Oral History Program under the auspices of the California State Archives and in conjunction with the California State University, Fullerton, Oral History Program; California State University, Sacramento, Center for California Studies Oral History Program; Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program; and the University of California, Berkeley, Regional Oral History Office. Funds were allocated to the state archives after Governor George Deukmejian signed into law Assembly Bill 2104 (Chapter 965 of the Statutes of 1985), establishing a state government oral history program "to provide through the use of oral history a continuing documentation of state policy development as reflected in California's legislative and executive history." All interviews in the series are available at the California State Archives in Sacramento.
Family background; education; early work experiences related to journalism; joins Associated Press as a World War II correspondent; joins New York Times after war; serves as New York Times Los Angeles bureau chief for over twenty years; publishes Dancing Bear: An Inside Look at California Politics; commitment to environmental issues results in two additional books: Our Troubled Waters and Madman in a Lifeboat: Issues of the Environmental Crisis; contemporary environmental and development issues in California.