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Jonathan K. Rome ’74

Jonathan K. Rome ’74, September 21, 1993, in Los Angeles, of lymphoma. After graduating from Reed, he had one season with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland before moving to Los Angeles to begin a career in television. In 1980, Jonathan became production assistant for KTLA-TV's News at Ten. He worked there as a director, writer, and graphic artist. Later, he directed segments for the Shopping Television network and Divorce Court. In 1991, he returned to KTLA as a writer and journalist, helped start the station's Morning News, and was a journalist with that show until the time of his death. He was twice nominated for a local Emmy Award for his work on the news show. In 1986, Jonathan won a Greater Los Angeles Press Club award for news writing, and in 1990 he received a Golden Mike award for best newscast writing. In addition to his work as a journalist, je also wrote several scripts for films and television plays. He wrote and directed the films Home Movie and INC: Interneuronic Communications, and coproduced an animated short subject, Prometheus. He also directed a number of productions in the Los Angeles area. Survivors include his sister and his longtime domestic partner, Alvin Ross.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 1994

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