Saul Rubin is a veteran California journalist who has covered everything from major disasters to stories highlighting the state's quirky inhabitants and culture. He has hobnobbed with celebrities while an entertainment writer for the Los Angeles Times, and chased down sports figures while writing and developing stories for a national sports magazine show on Fox Sports Net.
As a staff feature writer for Copley Los Angeles Newspapers based in Santa Monica, California, Saul penned a weekly humor column. He also developed a regular feature that chronicled his often hilarious experiences while working odd jobs around Los Angeles for a day. His temporary employment pursuits included stints as a mall Santa, Little League umpire, golf range ball retriever and peanut vendor at Dodger Stadium.
Saul is the author of two books, Offbeat Museums (Santa Monica Press, 1997) and Offbeat Marijuana (Santa Monica Press, 1999). Both books were part of this independent publisher's series on offbeat culture. The Museum book was widely praised by sources such as ABC's "Good Morning America," CBS's "The Early Show," USA Today and the Los Angeles Times. The book tells the story of 50 of America's most unusual museums, as well as depicting the story of the people behind each quirky institution. Offbeat Museums was reissued in hardcover by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers in 2002. The Marijuana book tells the story of one of the world's most controversial plants and was commended for its frank humor and comprehensive history.
Saul is now a full-time journalism instructor at Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, California, the state's top two-year college. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, and was also awarded a Bachelor of Arts in English from U.C. Berkeley.
Saul grew up in the Boston area but has now lived more than half his life in California. He lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife and daughter.