Meet Diane

Diane Haithman is Los Angeles Business Journal’s Style Editor and features contributor, moving from a staff reporter position (Entertainment/Media) to expand her position as VP Marketing and Communications for Infinite Safari Adventures travel company. She was an Arts Staff Writer for the Los Angeles Times until October, 2009 and continues to contribute to Deadline Hollywood and other publications.  She is  teaching Entertainment Journalism at Emerson College LA in Fall, 2018. She won a 60th Annual Los Angeles Press Club Award for “King’s Counsel,” her Los Angeles Business Journal profile of entertainment attorney John Branca, in 2018.

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 The Hollywood Reporter, classical musician’s resource, Angeleno, Coast magazine, Ventura Blvd magazine (editor, The Sauce restaurant blog), Nikki Finke’s Hollywood Dementia fiction website 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.