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

  • San Bernardino, a broken city seeking hope

    San Bernardino, a broken city seeking hope

    With a rake and a mask, the motel manager steps carefully into Room 107. This afternoon, Sam Maharaj will evict a couple and their 4-month-old baby for not paying their bill. The mother sits on the side of the bed, still twitching from slamming methamphetamine the night before. Maharaj sinks the...

  • Santa Barbara spill is prime suspect in L.A.-area tar balls

    Santa Barbara spill is prime suspect in L.A.-area tar balls

    They hit Summerland more than two weeks ago, globs of oil stinking up the beach bad enough to induce headaches. Then they struck Oxnard, Malibu and the South Bay. This week, like a bloom of black jellyfish, they landed in Long Beach. Although beach tar has long been a nuisance of Southern California...

  • Isla Vista rampage victims remembered

    Isla Vista rampage victims remembered

    Hundreds of students, faculty and community members — carrying small blue lights and wearing friendship bracelets — gathered in a palm-dotted plaza at UC Santa Barbara on Saturday evening, one year after Elliot Rodger embarked on a killing spree that left six dead and several more injured before...

  • Santa Barbara County oil cleanup continues; pipeline may be dug up soon

    Santa Barbara County oil cleanup continues; pipeline may be dug up soon

    A section of oil pipeline that ruptured and spilled thousands of gallons of crude along the Santa Barbara County coast could be dug up by the end of the holiday weekend, authorities said, giving them the first opportunity to determine what caused the break. More than 650 workers and 17 boats worked...

  • San Bernardino's bankruptcy plan favors CalPERS

    San Bernardino's bankruptcy plan favors CalPERS

    San Bernardino's plan to exit bankruptcy has at least one winner, plenty of losers and could have repercussions for other California cities. The city will pay every penny of the almost $50 million it owes to the California Public Employee Retirement System, known as CalPERS, if a federal judge...

  • San Bernardino offers plan to emerge from bankruptcy

    San Bernardino offers plan to emerge from bankruptcy

    The city of San Bernardino hopes to emerge from bankruptcy by making retirees cover more of their healthcare, contracting out firefighting and garbage services, and paying pension bond holders 1% of the $50 million it owes them. Those are the highlights of a plan prepared by city leaders and released...

  • Black power in Baltimore: When African American leaders confront racial unrest

    Black power in Baltimore: When African American leaders confront racial unrest

    The mayor is black. The council is almost two-thirds black. The school superintendent is black. The police chief is black, and a majority of his officers are black. Race riots inevitably end in contention over what social woes led to the trigger point, with one overarching element: a white power...

  • Doctors at University of California health clinics go on strike

    Unionized doctors began a strike Saturday at student health clinics on University of California  campuses in Southern California, saying administrators had acted unfairly during negotiations for the physicians' first contract. Doctors and dentists in Northern California started the rolling walkout...

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