Joe Mozingo

Writer

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

  • The FBI sting that tore apart a small Utah town

    The FBI sting that tore apart a small Utah town

    For generations, the people of the Four Corners region have battled the federal government over the collecting and selling of Native American artifacts. Then, agents persuaded a local dealer to go undercover. Operation Cerberus was supposed to expose a lucrative trade in stolen antiquities. Instead,...

  • L.A. fashion district firms raided in cartel money laundering probe

    L.A. fashion district firms raided in cartel money laundering probe

    Sinaloa cartel bosses had a problem. They were holding a hostage and needed to get the $140,000 ransom his family agreed to pay from the United States to Mexico in the form of pesos. Worried a wire transfer would alert authorities, the drug traffickers turned to an unlikely business: Q.T. Fashion,...

  • L.A. is 'epicenter' of cartel money laundering, U.S. official says

    L.A. is 'epicenter' of cartel money laundering, U.S. official says

    Federal agents launched a series of raids in the downtown Los Angeles fashion district on Wednesday and seized an estimated $65 million in cash and other assets they allege were part of a widespread attempt by Mexican drug cartels to launder narcotics profits. Nine people were arrested in raids...

  • State police take over security in Ferguson, Mo., with 'softer' stance

    State police take over security in Ferguson, Mo., with 'softer' stance

    After several nights of tense street confrontations, state and federal authorities stepped in Thursday to curb the aggressive tactics of local police against demonstrators protesting the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon dispatched the State Highway Patrol to...

  • In a decaying resort area, a pot war erupts

    In a decaying resort area, a pot war erupts

    Transients hole up in the old cottage resorts where vacationing families once came to fish and swim. Rotted docks and pier pilings litter the lake's shoreline. Much of this city, in fact, and others nearby in Lake County, looks as if it was plucked from Appalachia — with weeds and unpaved streets,...

  • Pot's popularity, state law create trying times for U.S. prosecutor

    Pot's popularity, state law create trying times for U.S. prosecutor

    Julie Shemitz watched warily as the judge asked prospective jurors whether they or anyone close to them had a card for medical marijuana. Ten hands lifted, a third of the jury pool. "Look at all those hands," the judge said. An assistant U.S. attorney, Shemitz knew that this would be a problem....

  • In a college community, disbelief turns to outrage and mourning

    In a college community, disbelief turns to outrage and mourning

    At 4 a.m. Saturday, six hours after the Isla Vista shooting stopped, Bob and Colleen Weiss sat in their car in front of a pizza place in grim suspense. Their daughter hadn't returned to her room, and sheriff's deputies couldn't tell them yet whether she was one of the victims. Veronika Weiss, 19,...

  • Frantic parents of shooting suspect raced to Isla Vista during rampage

    Frantic parents of shooting suspect raced to Isla Vista during rampage

    Chin Rodger got the call from her son Elliot Rodger’s therapist at 9:17 p.m. Friday – 13 minutes before authorities say he opened fire outside a sorority house. "Have you gotten Elliot’s email?” he said. “I think you should see it.” Chin opened the email, saw the first few lines of a 137-page screed...

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