Gladwin Hill (1914-1992) was born in Boston and graduated from the Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachussetts in 1932 and Harvard College in 1936. He started his career as a journalist working for the Associated Press. He spent World War II in Europe as a war correspondent. In 1945, he joined the New York Times and after the war he established the Times' first news bureau in Los Angeles, California. He served as the bureau chief for twenty-three years and was one of the first reporters to cover the environment as a beat. He covered the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy by Sirhan Sirhan in 1968 for the New York Times. After retiring in 1979, Hill continued to contribute to local publications and taught journalism at USC. He passed away in Los Angeles in 1992.