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Geoffrey Mohan

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Geoff joined the Los Angeles Times in 2001 from Newsday, where he was a Latin American correspondent in Mexico City. He was hired as a statewide roamer, but was quickly drafted into coverage of Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Soon after returning, he was sent out to the front lines of the California wildfires, and was part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning breaking news team in 2003. Looking for a break from the action, he took refuge behind the editing desks in foreign and metro, serving as the environment editor and later, the state editor. He returned to reporting two years ago in Science, where he’s been writing about Ebola, African-clawed frogs and mathematicians who can predict NCAA winners. Now he’s coming full circle, back to roaming the state in search of stories about farmers, drought and innovation in agriculture and food science.

Recent Articles

  • California's largest water district, accused of misleading investors, settles with the SEC

    California's largest water district, accused of misleading investors, settles with the SEC

    A sprawling Central Valley water district run by some of the state's wealthiest growers papered over its drought-related financial struggles and misled investors, federal regulators said Wednesday.The Westlands Water District shifted about $8.3 million in expenses and other obligations to the revenue...

  • When is a shirt a pesticide?

    When is a shirt a pesticide?

    An outdoor clothing manufacturer found out the hard way that it has to register its anti-microbial garments with California pesticide regulators. Utah-based Alfwear Inc., makers of the Kuhl label of outdoor clothing, agreed to pay a fine of $86,715 and remove 29 shirt and dress styles from California retail...

  • California drought restrictions lifted in Russian River area

    California drought restrictions lifted in Russian River area

    California regulators have ended mandatory water cutbacks along tributaries of the Russian River, but will continue to require property owners to report how much water they use. The State Water Resources Control Board said ample rainfall eliminated the need for the emergency restrictions, which...

  • EPA bans a pesticide often used on almonds and other California crops

    EPA bans a pesticide often used on almonds and other California crops

    Federal regulators said Tuesday they will ban a pesticide widely used on California crops such as almonds and alfalfa, saying it imperils aquatic insects that are the food source of fish. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday filed an intent to cancel registration of all products...

  • Looting prompts closures at mining sites in Joshua Tree

    Looting prompts closures at mining sites in Joshua Tree

    Two areas of Joshua Tree National Park noted for their mining artifacts have been closed indefinitely because of looting, according to the park's superintendent. The areas include Carey's Castle and El Sid Mine, in the Eagle Mountains range in the southeast area of the park. The areas will be closed...

  • Hampton Creek, creator of egg-free Just Mayo, gains a victory in the food wars

    Hampton Creek, creator of egg-free Just Mayo, gains a victory in the food wars

    Hampton Creek, a San Francisco food-tech company, was surprised when its arch-adversary, Unilever, recently announced an egg-free spread under its Hellmann's label. After all, the food conglomerate had sued Hampton Creek over its egg-free Just Mayo, arguing that you can't make mayonnaise without...

  • Farm worker union activities are trespassing, rights group charges

    Farm worker union activities are trespassing, rights group charges

    A proposal by the state's farm labor watchdog to go out into fields to tell farmworkers about their rights is running into strong opposition from growers, who fear that the agency is about to mix policing with education.The Pacific Legal Foundation, a conservative land rights group, fired a shot...

  • A father, son and lessons from Mt. Baldy's deadly weekend

    A father, son and lessons from Mt. Baldy's deadly weekend

    Let's not go that way. Let's just use other people's steps.It wasn't meant to be some heavy-handed father-son advice, but it rings that way now.My 15-year-old son and I don't talk like the people in after-school TV specials. When my wife asks what we talk about on what she pictures as father-son...

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