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Los Angeles Times

Ann M. Simmons

Writer

Ann M. Simmons is a global development writer/editor on the foreign desk of the Los Angeles Times, where she covers global sustainability issues. In her most recent role she served as a video and multimedia journalist. She has worked as a metro reporter and national and foreign correspondent. She has been based in Russia, Kenya and South Africa and has reported from Iraq and several other countries across the globe. A Brit, Simmons holds a double honors bachelor’s degree in Russian and Norwegian from the University of Anglia in Norwich, England, and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School Journalism. She was a Nieman fellow at Harvard in 2003.

Recent Articles

  • Drought compounds food crisis in Haiti

    Drought compounds food crisis in Haiti

    The number of Haitians who face severe food insecurity has doubled in the last six months as a result of three consecutive years of drought worsened by the global El Niño weather phenomenon, the United Nations World Food Program said this week. According to the agency, about 3.6 million people...

  • Haiti's leadership is in limbo as political crisis looms

    Haiti's leadership is in limbo as political crisis looms

    With Haiti’s presidential elections postponed again and just over a week left until the current leader’s term expires, various political factions are negotiating to avert a constitutional crisis that could leave the Western hemisphere’s poorest nation with nobody clearly in charge. The vote was...

  • 'Those were the halcyon days,' lifelong Angeleno recalls

    'Those were the halcyon days,' lifelong Angeleno recalls

    For Francis Alonso, growing up in the affluent neighborhood of Encino Hills was pure joy. It was a community of professionals, actors and artisans, and though largely Jewish, also was home to a dynamic cultural and religious hodgepodge. There were Hungarians, Poles and Catholics of European and...

  • 'Look Back' photos create a family album for Los Angeles

    'Look Back' photos create a family album for Los Angeles

    It’s been 25 years, but Kathy Kobayashi remembers that day at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center as if it were yesterday. One person arrived hauling a travel bag and a couple of suitcases full of old photographs, another carried an attache case, still others came with plastic grocery...

  • Fun times revolved around an empty lot

    Fun times revolved around an empty lot

    An empty lot the length of a football field near Judson Street in Boyle Heights was the epicenter of fun and entertainment for the neighborhood children when Joe Corral and his wife, Hortensia “Chickie” Delgado Corral, were growing up. The kids would form teams, often boys against girls, and play...

  • Look Back L.A.: Sharing stories of the city's rich ethnic history

    Look Back L.A.: Sharing stories of the city's rich ethnic history

    Welcome to Look Back L.A. — a portal to photos, videos and stories of ordinary Angelenos who make up the rich ethnic patchwork of our city. The photos reflect on a life gone by and include pivotal moments such as family celebrations, rites of passage and community events. The stories reveal separate...

  • The neighborhood's first TV set was the Creason family's 'pride and joy'

    The neighborhood's first TV set was the Creason family's 'pride and joy'

    Glen Creason grew up in Southgate during the age of "redlining," a practice that prevented blacks and other minorities from buying homes in certain neighborhoods. Southgate was originally called Home Gardens and was a suburb with a factory where a lot of the area’s men worked, earning enough to...

  • 'It was that kind of iconic childhood where kids were just always outside'

    'It was that kind of iconic childhood where kids were just always outside'

    The long perfectly seamless driveway that extended in front of the Kwong family’s home on Los Angeles’ 39th Street drew all the neighborhood kids. “We were famous for our driveway,” recalled Dan Kwong, 60, a solo performance artist and writer-director. “I can remember seeing strange kids roller-skating...

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