WHILE PEOPLE'S EIGHT BUREAUS are always buzzing, the last few weeks have been particularly hectic for staffers in London and L.A. After swapping their ritzy-but-cramped Bond Street headquarters for more spacious and technologically advanced digs in Brettenham House, a nine-story building by Waterloo Bridge, correspondents in London were still settling in while continuing to keep tabs on the royal family and profiling such people as actor Sir Tan Richardson (see p. 87). In their seven-office suite, European bureau chief Fred Hauptfuhrer and his troops (including Liz Corcoran and Virginia Ginnane, who report for PEOPLE'S Australian sibling, WHO) are around the corner from bustling Covent Garden, although Buckingham Palace is a mile away. (Not to worry: the bureau has antennae that reach at least that far.)
On Feb. 28, the 26-person L.A. bureau—PEOPLE'S largest—will upgrade from one Wilshire Boulevard high-rise to another. Compared with the rigors of quake reporting, the move should be a snap: Armed with cellular phones, nine reporters left their shaken homes within hours of the Jan. 17 quake and hit the streets, undeterred by aftershocks. Says L.A. news bureau supervisor Monica Rizzo, 28: "It was a l-o-o-ng day."
Of course, for those left homeless by the quake, the nightmare continues. PEOPLE has reached out to disaster victims by arranging for the Red Cross to distribute 3,300 copies of the magazine to five shelters in Northridge and Van Nuys. "People were grateful to get it," says Roger Dong, a PEOPLE photographer who helped deliver magazines. "A lot of it is entertaining to read, and they had had enough depressing news."
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