Los Angeles Times

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

  • For many cops in L.A., the Dallas sniper attack was 'worst nightmare'

    For many cops in L.A., the Dallas sniper attack was 'worst nightmare'

    The first call of the night: a fight at a Compton apartment complex with a machete, maybe a handgun. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Kearns, 36, knew these apartments. Deputies had previously gone there several times looking for a man with a rifle, he said. Kearns had just learned of the police...

  • From San Ysidro to Sandy Hook: Surviving, but never getting over it

    From San Ysidro to Sandy Hook: Surviving, but never getting over it

    A trigger is pulled, and a country is devastated. Again and again. Mass shootings like Sunday’s in Orlando are occurring with greater frequency and lethality, each changing the character of American life little by little. Civil liberties are questioned, gun lobbies attacked and politicians assailed as...

  • A night of terror: How the Orlando nightclub shooting unfolded

    A night of terror: How the Orlando nightclub shooting unfolded

    In less than six seconds, 17 shots reverberated through the Pulse nightclub.  Amanda Alvear, a 25-year-old pharmacy assistant, was taking a selfie video on Snapchat. She had lost 180 pounds over two years and loved to show off her new figure, loved to dance. She felt safe to be herself in gay and...

  • 'An act of terror and an act of hate': The aftermath of America's worst mass shooting

    'An act of terror and an act of hate': The aftermath of America's worst mass shooting

    Latin Night was wrapping up at Pulse around 2 a.m. as about 320 people danced and drank to thumping reggaeton, salsa and merengue. Minutes later partyers were fleeing into the street. Some clutched gunshot wounds. Others were splattered with the blood of people they didn’t know. Some were carried...

  • Brock Turner's claims to judge contradicted in new documents

    Brock Turner's claims to judge contradicted in new documents

    Judge Aaron Persky said he took Brock Turner “at his word” last week when he sentenced the onetime Stanford University swimming star on charges that he sexually assaulted a woman on campus. Turner said he thought he was having consensual sex with the victim, even though she was unconscious when...

  • North Coast marijuana growers fear a takeover by 'Big Alcohol'

    North Coast marijuana growers fear a takeover by 'Big Alcohol'

    For the Humboldt farmers, Sonoma County's subterranean tasting rooms and Tuscan affectations offered a glimpse into a rarefied realm of legal intoxicants. The marijuana growers had driven south from redwood country to the oak and grass hills to take part in an event called “The Women of Wine &...

  • A battered Seal Beach icon burns — yet again

    A battered Seal Beach icon burns — yet again

    In Seal Beach, residents gather on the pier to sip coffee, watch the surfers, gossip, fish and amble in the sea breeze. On Friday, in a steady south wind, they gathered to watch it burn over a choppy gray sea. An abandoned diner at the end of the pier caught fire around 7:45 a.m. Fire boats from...

  • Fire destroys old Ruby's Diner and damages Seal Beach Pier

    Fire destroys old Ruby's Diner and damages Seal Beach Pier

    Flames erupted Friday morning at Seal Beach Pier, destroying the old Ruby's Diner and sending a column of smoke over the area. The fire began just after 7:30 a.m. at the end of the pier in the 900 block of Ocean Avenue in Seal Beach.  Flames were spotted under the pier, with fire extending to the...

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