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Chris Dufresne, long-time sports writer for the LA Times, dies at 62

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Dufresne started as a truck loader at the Times before working his way up.

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Chris Dufresne, a long-time writer for the L.A. Times, passed away Tuesday at the age of 62.

Dufresne was the national college football and basketball columnist at the Times from 1995 to 2015 and had the opportunity to be a voter for the annual Heisman Trophy award. On top of that, he also covered a Winter Olympics and dipped his foot into covering a number of other sports. He covered the Rams in the late 1980s and into the early 90s. In 2011, Dufresne was named the California Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportswriter and Sportscasters Association.

Dufresne’s story is one to be admired. He actually started with the L.A. Times as a truck loader on the bottom floor of the building and literally worked his way up two floors. He was highly-respected and will be dearly missed by his family, many friends, and peers.