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November 20, 2013 | 3:16 pm

Mark Lacter

Mark Lacter

Mark Lacter, a longtime L.A. business journalist, died at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after suffering a stroke on Nov. 13, his wife, Laura Levine, told LA Observed. He was 59. 

Lacter covered business in Southern California as an editor and reporter. A regular contributor to LA Observed, Los Angeles magazine and KPCC-FM’s “Morning Edition,” Lacter had previously worked as editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal and business editor for the L.A. Daily News. Lacter also worked for the Orange County Register, the San Francisco Chronicle, Forbes, Fast Company and Investor’s Business Daily. 

“Mark’s humor and knowledge contributed not only to our biz coverage, but also to our friendship lo these many years,” “Morning Edition” host Steve Julian wrote on his Facebook page.

A writer who could clarify complex business and economics stories with everyday language, Lacter’s final post at LA Observed on Nov. 12 explored a range of topics that included the Southern California housing market; an analysis of an agreement between airlines and the Justice Department and what it would mean for LAX; and Amazon.com’s push for faster Los Angeles deliveries. 

Lacter was working on a book about the airline industry when he died, LA Observed’s Kevin Roderick wrote. 

“This is a big loss for everyone who knew Mark,” Roderick wrote.

Born Oct. 28, 1954, in Queens, N.Y., according to the Los Angeles Times, Lacter attended George Washington University, graduating in 1976. He began his career at the Washington Post.

Lacter and his wife, a mystery writer, married in 1994.

Funeral services for Lacter are pending. 


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