Doug Smith

Writer

Senior writer Doug Smith scouts Los Angeles for the ragged edges where public policy meets real people, combining data analysis and gumshoe reporting to tell L.A. stories through his 45 years of experience covering the city. As past database editor from 2004 through 2015, he hunted down and analyzed data for news and investigative projects. Besides “Grading the Teachers,” he contributed to investigations of construction abuse in the community college system and the rising toll of prescription drug overdoses. Smith has been at The Times since 1970, covering local and state government, criminal justice, politics and education. He was the lead writer for Times’ coverage of the infamous North Hollywood shootout, winner of a 1997 Pulitzer Prize. Between 2005 and 2008, Smith made five trips to Iraq on loan to our foreign desk.

Recent Articles

  • Judge in Stanford rape case asks for move to civil cases

    Judge in Stanford rape case asks for move to civil cases

    The Santa Clara judge who has faced widespread criticism and a recall effort after sentencing a former Stanford University swimmer to six months in jail for sexual assault has voluntarily moved to civil court. The Santa Clara Superior Court released a statement Thursday saying Judge Aaron Persky will...

  • One man killed, two wounded in pool party shooting in Granada Hills

    One man killed, two wounded in pool party shooting in Granada Hills

    Los Angeles police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead and two wounded at a pool party in Granada Hills on Saturday night. Gunfire broke out about 9 p.m. in the 12400 block of Longacre Avenue, said Officer Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department. Witnesses told police...

  • Is the shift to permanent housing making L.A.'s homelessness problem even worse?

    Is the shift to permanent housing making L.A.'s homelessness problem even worse?

    As Los Angeles grapples with the nation’s worst homelessness problem, experts have almost universally embraced permanent housing as the best approach for lifting people out of homelessness. The strategy is to quickly re-house those who are able to live independently, and to provide housing with...

  • He was homeless — but to get help, the rules said he had to prove it

    He was homeless — but to get help, the rules said he had to prove it

    After being discharged from detox, Rory Gallegos had nowhere to go. So he made the street his home. A year later, he thought he had found a home when the Hillview Mental Health Center in Pacoima offered him an apartment with onsite mental health services. But to qualify for a voucher to pay for...

  • Woman dead in Harbor City shooting

    Woman dead in Harbor City shooting

    A woman was fatally shot and a man was wounded Friday when an assailant fired at a barbecue stand outside an auto parts store in Harbor City. Police said the attack occurred about 1:50 p.m. in the 1300 block of Pacific Coast Highway. The gunman approached the Wheaton’s Eatins barbecue stand in...

  • Algae bloom forces Lake Elsinore closure

    Swimming, boating and fishing are prohibited in Lake Elsinore after water quality officials Friday detected harmful levels of toxins related to blue-green algae. A notice on the city’s website said the the popular recreation spot about 70 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles would remain closed...

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