Associated Press L.A. bureau chief dies
Anthony Marquez, an Associated Press intern who rose to Los Angeles bureau chief where his calm hand brought stability to AP’s news coverage in Southern California amid titanic changes for the journalism industry, has died. He was 55.
Marquez succumbed Thursday to complications from cancer.
Unfailingly courteous and with a disarmingly quick wit, Marquez was that rare boss and executive who seemed to have no enemies. Those who spoke highly of him included not only the reporters, photographers and others he hired but the many editors and news directors whose newspapers, websites, and TV and radio stations received news from the AP.
“Anthony was such an impressive person,’’ said Gary Pruitt, AP president and chief executive officer. “He exemplified the very best of AP: high journalistic standards, impeccable business ethics, treating everyone with respect.’’
Frank Baker, the AP’s California news editor since 2011 and Marquez’s chief deputy for five years before that, said Marquez was understated and rock solid.