Harriet Ryan

Writer

Harriet Ryan is an investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Since joining the paper in 2008, she has written about high-profile people, including Phil Spector, Michael Jackson and Britney Spears, and institutions, including the Catholic Church, the Kabbalah Centre and Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin. She previously worked at Court TV and the Asbury Park Press. She is a graduate of Columbia University.

Recent Articles

  • U.S. surgeon general issues 'a new call to action' on addiction

    U.S. surgeon general issues 'a new call to action' on addiction

    When Dr. Vivek Murthy left his Massachusetts hospital to become U.S. surgeon general, the nurses who had known him since he was a resident had a parting plea: Do something about addiction. On Thursday, Murthy tried to make good on that request with the release of a first-of-its-kind report calling...

  • In 'tough' Willowbrook, sheriff's deputies ask residents for advice

    In 'tough' Willowbrook, sheriff's deputies ask residents for advice

    The knocks started just after 9 a.m. in Willowbrook. Sheriff's deputies moved down the streets of a rough neighborhood known as Corner Pocket, tapping on gates with flashlights and calling through open windows. Is something wrong, asked residents, some still in pajamas. Are you looking for someone?...

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