Diane Haithman was an Arts Staff Writer for the Los Angeles Times until October, 2009 and is a major contributor to Deadline Hollywood industry website and its print publication, AwardsLine. She is on the adjunct faculty of University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism, teaching Feature Writing. She recently became a member of the Board of Directors for USC’s Student Voice Project, bringing journalism education to underserved schools in Los Angeles.
Diane first joined the Los Angeles Times covering the television industry before moving to the fine arts beat. During her tenure at the Times, she spent the Spring, 2000 semester at the University of Southern California as the Times’ Writer-in-Residence at the Annenberg School. In 2010 Diane received a scholarship to attend The Wharton School Business Journalism Seminars at the University of Pennsylvania.
Prior to joining the Times, Diane was West Coast Bureau Chief and Hollywood columnist for the Detroit Free Press, based in Los Angeles. She has been a Critic Fellow at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s New Playwrights Conference and has also written for Angeleno, Art News, Opera News, Coast magazine, Ventura Blvd magazine and other publications.
Diane is a graduate of the University of Michigan Honors College with a joint degree in English and Psychology. She is co-author of the book The Elder Wisdom Circle Guide for a Meaningful Life (Penguin/Plume 2007). An excerpt from her novel Dark Lady of Hollywood, which was a finalist in the prestigious William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition (novel-in-progress category) in 2003, was published in Spring, 2011 in A Voice from the Planet, a literary anthology from Harvard Square Editions.
The completed Dark Lady of Hollywood was published to critical acclaim in 2014 by Harvard Square Editions.
Diane serves as VP of marketing for husband Alan Feldstein’s African safari company, Infinite Safari Adventures.