Dwight Whitney, who served two decades as TV Guide’s L.A. bureau chief, died Feb. 12 of heart failure in Marin County. He was 82.

Whitney first worked for the San Francisco Chronicle during the late 1930s where he stared out as a copy boy for $16 a week. He quickly moved up to reporter and eventually became a drama editor and critic.

Impressed by a feature story he had written on Joan Fontaine, editors at Time magazine invited Whitney to serve as their Hollywood correspondent. He held that post from 1943 to 1949, then joined TV Guide in the early 1960s and served as its bureau chief until 1983.

He is survived by seven children, including Columbia Pictures script analyst Leslie Whitney and Pixar producer Sarah McArthur, and nine grandchildren.

Services will be held 10 a.m. Monday at Santa Barbara Cemetery.

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