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April 10, 2012: The black bear dubbed Glen Bearian is shown before he was tranquilized and taken deep into the Angeles National Forest.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

June 10, 2009: California Highway Patrol Sgt. Kevin Eads protects 2-year-old Trinity Haver from chilly winds. Trinity and her father were rear-ended by a big rig but not seriously injured.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Nov. 6, 2006: Rialto firefighters battle a brush fire pushed by 50 mph Santa Ana winds at the base of the Cajon Pass. The fire burned 640 acres, destroying a lumberyard and threatening homes near the border of Fontana and Rialto. A welder's torch sparked the fire near the Sierra Avenue onramp to Interstate 15.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Sept. 1, 2009: Julie Garcia, right, and her daughter Jessi hug each other after seeing their home gutted by the Station fire, which swept through their neighborhood on La Paloma Canyon Road in Tujunga.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Aug. 27, 2009: Hot and sweaty Jonathan Powers climbs back up Newman Point after the grueling task of cutting a fire line in the area along Glendora Mountain Road, southeast of California 39, where wildfire charred 1,800 acres.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

April 13, 2013: Concepcion Benitez says he was beaten up near the 300 block of Orchid Lane in Pomona, where several shootings have occurred.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

April 5, 2006: A woman believed to be a transient is helped across Lytle Creek by San Bernardino County emergency workers after she was stranded in a tent.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Jan. 10, 2013: Interstate 5 was closed in both directions due to slippery conditions during a winter storm.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Oct. 22, 2007: A burning house in Running Springs appears to mimic the jack-o'-lanterns that remained unscathed during the Slide fire.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Dec. 27, 2012: Phillip Furtado lights a candle to pay his respects to a woman who was set on fire on this bus bench. Neighbors were stunned by the apparently random attack on the victim, a fixture in the community.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Nov. 2, 2012: Family members of an 80-year-old woman killed in a hit-and-run incident in Irwindale gather at the scene. The woman was crossing Live Oak Avenue when she was struck by a car.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Feb. 6, 2007: Animal handler Butch Abrams tries to get control of a wallaby at a petting zoo. Animal control officers took it there after it was found in a Fontana backyard. The animal was being kept by a Fontana resident for a vacationing friend when it escaped.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

April 16, 2013: Keith Grimes kisses flowers before placing them at the site where his friend and two others died when the car they were traveling in crashed into a light pole on South Manchester Avenue near Hoover Street. A fourth person was ejected from the vehicle and seriously injured, police said.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

June 12, 2013: A Los Angeles County sheriff's investigator examines a bus that was struck by a tow truck, which, authorities said, ran a red light at Broadway and 5th Street in downtown L.A., killing the bus driver, Olivia Gamboa, 47. The tow truck then hit a 7-Eleven, injuring a clerk and destroying the store's front. The tow truck driver was hospitalized in serious condition.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Sept. 28, 2010: LAPD Det. Robert Lait places an evidence marker at a shooting scene containing a bicycle and a baseball cap. A man was shot in the face in the Exposition Park area at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Hoover Street. According to another detective, Michael Applegate, the wounded man was taken to a hospital in grave condition.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Oct. 11, 2012: Los Angeles police officers make an arrest in the 100 block of Virgil Avenue after searching the neighborhood for a gunman who shot at an undercover officer conducting a narcotics investigation.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

March 28, 2013: While an unidentified suspect sleeps, California Highway Patrol officers and Long Beach police investigate a chase that ended near Broadway and Alpine Street in Chinatown. The chase began in Long Beach about 5 a.m., when police confronted two men while responding to reports of a break-in at a business in the 4600 block of Virginia Road.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

April 4, 2012: Water gushes along North Vista Street near Beverly Boulevard in the Fairfax district after a main ruptured from a surge in pressure. The Department of Water and Power had closed valves to allow for the inspection of the Lower Franklin Canyon Reservoir.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Oct. 9, 2012: Students from the Gospel Restoration Academy watch as Upland police investigate a hit-and-run fatality at Arrow Highway and Campus Avenue in Upland.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Dec. 11, 2008: A paramedic tends to an injured woman after a Metrolink train collided with a freight train in Placentia in 2002. Three people were killed and more than 200 people were injured in the accident.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

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Behind the lens | Early morning news photographer

By Irfan Khan, Los Angeles Times

They say early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. I wake up every morning at 4:30 a.m. and I can’t say if it has made me any wiser, but what I can tell you is that it makes for some groggy afternoons.

But that’s my job: I’m the early morning news shooter.

By 5 a.m., I’ve emailed the morning photo editor about my plans for the day. A quick shower and I’m on the road.  The exciting part of the job is you never know what each day will bring. A fire, shooting, protests — you really never know.

One morning while responding to a report of a bear in a neighborhood, I got out of my car in Glendale and found myself face to face with said 400-pound black bear. I heard people screaming for me to get away, but I’m a news photographer (and here’s where that wise thing really can be disputed), so I snapped some photos of the bear. Fortunately the bear, who would become famously nicknamed Glen Bearian, decided to turn around and walk away — leaving me with memorable photos.

I’ve been in the news business a long time, and at times, have become immune to what I see. But in reality, from time to time, human events still shock me. I’ve seen traffic accidents that left me feeling that death chased its victims and violently mauled them. I’ve heard the heart-wrenching sobs of a father who lost his two sons in an apartment fire. I’ve witnessed a California Highway Patrol officer tenderly looking after a little girl on a cold and foggy morning after several vehicles crashed on a freeway.

All of those events stayed with me. They reinforce how fragile and unpredictable life can be. It makes me value my time with family and friends even more.


  1. September 4, 2013, 11:59 am

    Nice story, impressive photos

    By: MK
  2. September 4, 2013, 8:39 pm

    Enjoyed reading your perspective! And great photos!

    By: Sam
  3. September 7, 2013, 5:48 am

    Amazing story! I met this photog once at an event and I was impressed by his craft and character. I've been following him since.

    By: DKNY
  4. October 8, 2013, 8:40 am

    Thank you for your hard work and dedication.

    By: sarah

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