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Diana Marcum

Writer

Diana Marcum covers the Central Valley and places beyond it for the Los Angeles Times. She began her career in Palm Springs, where one of her earliest jobs was as a stringer for this paper. She wrote a column covering odd corners of the Central Valley for the Fresno Bee before moving temporarily to the Azores Islands for a book project. She began freelancing again for The Times in 2010 and became a staff writer in 2011 – her stated career goal since fourth grade. In 2015, she won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing for her narrative portraits of farmers, fieldworkers and other Californians in drought-stricken towns in the Central Valley. She is on leave this year finishing the book "The Tenth Island."

Recent Articles

  • UC Merced assailant was angry over study group snub, note says

    UC Merced assailant was angry over study group snub, note says

    A man who stabbed four people at UC Merced before being shot and killed by police had planned an elaborate attack on his classmates because he was angry about getting kicked out of a study group, authorities said Thursday night.Investigators found a “two-page, handwritten manifesto” in a pocket...

  • Man praised as hero for thwarting UC Merced stabbing rampage

    Man praised as hero for thwarting UC Merced stabbing rampage

    Byron Price heard the clamor coming from a UC Merced classroom on Wednesday morning: crashing chairs, screaming students. According to Price's father, he thought the uproar indicated a fight. So Price, a contractor finishing up a construction job at the San Joaquin Valley campus, marched down the...

  • Rural UC Merced on edge after police kill student who stabbed four

    Rural UC Merced on edge after police kill student who stabbed four

    The violence ended where journeys begin. There on Scholars Lane Bridge — where incoming UC Merced freshmen walk in a traditional school welcome and where graduates cross during commencement — a male student believed to have stabbed four people with a hunting knife was shot and killed by police....

  • Student shot and killed by police after stabbing four on UC Merced campus

    Student shot and killed by police after stabbing four on UC Merced campus

    A male UC Merced student stabbed four people with a large hunting knife on the campus Wednesday morning before he was shot and killed by university police, authorities said. The victims' injuries do not appear to be life-threatening, officials said. The suspect’s identity is known to authorities...

  • 'Redskins' ban angers fans of California schools still using the mascot

    'Redskins' ban angers fans of California schools still using the mascot

    The caller was angry, urging Tulare Union High School to defy a new state law requiring it to drop "Redskins" as the mascot for its sports teams. "Gosh, he was kind of inappropriate," Jennie Daniels, the principal's secretary, said Monday after fielding the latest in a string of calls about the...

  • Looking back 50 years after Delano farm workers' grape strike

    Looking back 50 years after Delano farm workers' grape strike

    Danny Flores carried his two young sons to the car at 5 a.m. and drove from Long Beach to Delano. Maybe the brothers would be too young to understand the speeches at the 50th anniversary of the Delano grape strike, but when Flores, 53, was a 12-year-old carrying a United Farm Workers flag during...

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