The collection mainly contains materials relating to Lou Cannon’s book Official Negligence: How Rodney King and the Riots
Changed Los Angeles and the LAPD (1997). Some files are closed, pending review for confidential materials.
Lou (Louis S.) Cannon was born in New York City on June 3, 1933. He is an American journalist and, non-fiction author, best
known for his several works on Ronald Reagan. He was raised in Reno, Nevada and attended the University of Nevada, Reno, and
San Francisco State College. He was state bureau chief for the
San Jose Mercury News in the later 1960s, while Reagan was Governor of California. In 1972 he began working for the
Washington Post as a political reporter. He became senior White House correspondent for the
Washington Post during the Reagan administration and also wrote a weekly syndicated column. In addition, he is the author of
Official Negligence: How Rodney King and the Riots Changed Los Angeles and the LAPD (1997).
33.0 linear feet
(24 cartons, 3 document boxes, 1 oversize box, 116 audiocassettes, and 1 DVD)
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permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.
This collection is stored offsite. Advance notice is required for retrieval. Some portions of the collection are closed, pending
release by donor, as noted in the container list.