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Joe Mozingo

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Joe Mozingo is a projects reporter for the Los Angeles Times. He won a Robert F. Kennedy Award for covering the earthquake in Haiti and the ASNE Punch Sulzberger Award for Online Storytelling for his in-depth look at a federal investigation into relic poaching in rural Utah that led to three suicides. Mozingo helped lead The Times’ coverage of the Isla Vista killings in 2014 and a Miami Herald investigation into the space shuttle Columbia crash in 2003; both were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. His book, “The Fiddler on Pantico Run: An African Warrior, His White Descendants, a Search for Family” was a 2012 “Discover Great New Writers” pick by Barnes and Noble.

Recent Articles

  • LAPD is more diverse, but distrust in the community remains

    LAPD is more diverse, but distrust in the community remains

    The sweeps came on Friday nights in South Los Angeles, often before big events like Raiders games. Police would round up young men they thought were gang members and hold them over the weekend to keep violence down, a campaign launched by then-Chief Daryl F. Gates to control "the rotten little...

  • Families of Mexico's missing students will march in L.A.

    Families of Mexico's missing students will march in L.A.

    Families of 43 students kidnapped and presumed to have been massacred in Mexico have embarked on caravans throughout the U.S., with a march scheduled Sunday in Los Angeles to bring attention to the case. Several family members and two survivors of the ambush that led to the kidnapping plan to march...

  • Families of missing Mexican students seek support in L.A.

    Families of missing Mexican students seek support in L.A.

    Families of 43 students kidnapped and presumed to have been massacred in Mexico have embarked on caravans throughout the U.S., with a march scheduled Sunday in Los Angeles to bring attention to the case. Several family members and two survivors of the ambush that led to the kidnapping plan to march...

  • Motorist killed in crash involving Bruce Jenner is identified

    Motorist killed in crash involving Bruce Jenner is identified

    Authorities on Sunday identified the driver killed in a multivehicle crash in Malibu involving former Olympian Bruce Jenner. The driver was identified as Kim Howe, 69, of Calabasas, who died at the scene following the noontime crash Saturday on Pacific Coast Highway, Los Angeles County sheriff's...

  • Decision to canonize Father Junipero Serra draws divided reaction

    Decision to canonize Father Junipero Serra draws divided reaction

    He wandered beyond the edge of Christendom into a rugged land of "infidels" he sought to convert. When Father Junipero Serra and his cavalcade arrived at la bahia de San Diego in 1769, between 225,000 and 310,000 natives inhabited the territory that would become the state of California. The string...

  • For drug crime defendants, sentencing can be a crapshoot

    For drug crime defendants, sentencing can be a crapshoot

    Noah Kleinman faced his moment of reckoning: Should he tell a federal judge his marijuana dispensaries were just a front to distribute bulk marijuana and make hundreds of thousands of dollars? Or stick to his claim of innocence? Kleinman, a 39-year-old salesman from Studio City, had been convicted...

  • Storm brings relief, but also triggers mudslides, floods and outages

    Storm brings relief, but also triggers mudslides, floods and outages

    Bill Golubics went to sleep fully clothed in his recliner in case the charred slope behind his house came down in the night. The home next door on San Como Lane in Camarillo Springs was red-tagged in October and he knew his could be next. The 77-year-old woke up about 2 a.m. when heavy rain began...

  • 'God'll Cut You Down' misses the mark in Southern murder case

    'God'll Cut You Down' misses the mark in Southern murder case

    John Safran is a Jewish Australian prankster-documentarian who delves into racism and tribalism not by prodding its history and the depths of its pathos but by exposing the absurd places it leads people. He works in the vein of Sacha Baron Cohen, with the demeanor of David Sedaris. In an episode...

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