Los Angeles Business Journal

Charles weighs in each week with his opinion - his "Comment" - about local business. While he pats the heads of those who make prescient or brave decisions, he's not afraid to kick the shins of businesses that make dunderheaded moves or governments that interfere with free markets. It can be newsy, it can be opinionated, or it can be funny, but the Comment column is always about business in Los Angeles County.

Charles Crumpley has been a reporter, writer or editor for 30 years, mostly with daily newspapers. He was born and raised in Kansas City, MO, and worked for years for the Kansas City Star, mainly as a senior financial writer. He was the editor of the business news section for two daily newspapers, including the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He has won four national journalism awards and studied Japanese banking and business practices in Tokyo as a senior Fulbright scholar. He has been editor of the Los Angeles Business Journal since January 2006.

He can be reached at (323) 549-5225, ext. 208, or by email: ccrumpley@labusinessjournal.com.

Recent Stories

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When Paran Johar gets ready to drive to work, he has his pick of impressive autos: a Mercedes, Jaguar, Chevrolet Camaro convertible and custom Triumph, among others.

Parking Up the Wrong Tree

An assemblyman’s Parking Bill of Rights needs an important amendment, Charles Crumpley writes.

Side Gig Offers Bass-Line Satisfaction

Andrew Thomas, 44, says he enjoys nothing more than the sight of a dance floor filled with women and men grooving to the beat.

Oscar ‘Race’ a Global Issue

Charles Crumpley opines on why no black actors were nominated for Oscars.

Law Career Yields Passport to Berlin

This New Year’s was one to remember for entertainment executive Steve Nissen.

Taking Pass on NFL Debate

Charles Crumpley is relieved the city didn’t have to debate whether the return of football would be good for the economy.

Wrong Brand of Awkwardness

It can be hard to know you’re wearing a designer knockoff, unless the designer points it out.

Life Left in Biotech?

Charles Crumpley doesn’t think it’s too giant a leap for MannKind to find success, despite last week’s breathtaking news.

Mount Rainier Climb Gets a Little Hairy

When Coby King, 55-year-old chief executive of downtown L.A. PR firm High Point Strategies was planning to scale the tallest mountain in Washington state, he didn’t need much help.

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