Yet Lock, the former president of the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce in downtown Los Angeles and possibly the longest-serving news executive in Southern California, according to the Los Angeles Times, died Sept. 7, 2019. He was 83.
Lock, who was executive vice president of City News Service for 40 years, graduated from Medill in 1958 and taught as a public schoolteacher before joining the Los Angeles mayor’s office. After working as a top aide to former Los Angeles Mayor Sam Yorty, Lock began working with City News Service in 1972.
Lock, a driving force in the Asian American Journalists Association, had been honored by the AAJA for “paving the way for Asian Americans.” The Los Angeles City Council honored Lock at the time of his retirement. City Councilman Paul Koretz introduced a resolution marking July 27, 2012, as “Yet Lock Day.” Koretz called Lock a “crucial figure” in the history of Los Angeles journalism who helped build CNS into “an amazingly vital and vibrant news agency.”
Lock lived with his wife, June Kim, in Florida after Lock retired in 2012.