Gregory Yee Death, Obituary – An unexpected passing occurred on Wednesday in the Hollywood bungalow in where Gregory Yee, a hard-charging breaking news writer for the Los Angeles Times, resided and worked. According to his family, it seemed as though complications from a respiratory ailment led to his passing. He was 33. Yee started working for The Times in the summer of 2021 as a night reporter on the Metro staff. Prior to that, he was one of 18 reporters who worked on the Fast Break desk, which was the breaking news unit for the daily. Yee joined The Times. He worked the shift that went from three in the afternoon until eleven at night, and he would occasionally post three or four stories about breaking news each night.
He reported on the recent heat waves and wildfires, as well as the gun violence in Oakland and the debate around robotic police dogs. He documented the search for the mountain lion known as P-22, as well as the efforts of the city of Los Angeles to prevent the historic lampposts from being stolen from the Glendale-Hyperion Viaduct before they were all taken. Yee was born and raised in the Los Angeles region, and she attended UC Irvine, where she double majored in Spanish and literary journalism before graduating in 2012. During her time at UC Irvine, she was the editor in chief of the student newspaper, and she graduated in 2012.
“He brought nerve, will, discipline, and high ambition to every project he tackled,” said Barry Siegel, who oversees the school’s Literary Journalism department. “He contributed nerve, will, discipline, and high ambition to every project he tackled.” “I had no doubt in my mind that Greg would go on to achieve a great deal in the field of journalism and carve out a really unique career for himself.” After working for a brief period of time at a newspaper in New Mexico, he went on to cover crimes for the Long Beach Press-Telegram and criminal justice for the Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina, where he anchored coverage of a mass shooting in Rock Hill that was perpetrated by a former NFL player.
The work that Yee did on the article about the shooting drew the attention of Sam Farmer, a sportswriter for The New York Times. Farmer, who was in South Carolina to cover the incident firsthand, reached out to Yee. After Yee mentioned that one of his goals was to work for the newspaper in his hometown, The Times swiftly invited him to an interview. After receiving an offer of employment from The Times in 2021, he loaded up his Toyota Camry, together with his pit bull mix, Jake, and went back to his home state. Jake accompanied him the entire way.