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Robert Sipchen

Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Writing & Rhetoric

Currently editor of Sierra magazine, Bob Sipchen teaches news writing in the fall and narrative nonfiction in the spring.


  • Office: Center for Academic Excellence, Library, Room 32
  • Email:
  • Phone: (323) 259-2545

Education: B.A., UC Santa Barbara

Sipchen was the editor of Sunday Current, the Los Angeles Times' weekly opinion section. Among many writing and editing positions at the Times, he served as senior editor of the Times' Sunday magazine and launched the Times' Outdoors section. As associate editor of the editorial pages, he won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize and the Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial writing (with Alex Raksin). As a staff writer, he shared in the Times' 1992 Pulitzer Prize for its team coverage of the Los Angeles riots. In addition to his work at the Times, Sipchen freelances for such publications as Playboy, National Geographic Traveler, and Men's Journal. The New York Times Book Review called Sipchen's "Baby Insane and the Buddha" (Doubleday, 1992, Bantam 1993) "first rate."