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

  • A human type of echolocation helps the blind

    A human type of echolocation helps the blind

    The space before the blind man was a riddle he needed to solve. Was he facing a house, a car, a hedge, a fence, a tree or open space? Ryo Hirosawa pushed the tip of his tongue hard to his palate, and made a sharp click. He tried to focus on the form and timing of the click's echo as it came back...

  • Lake fire grew after private drone flights disrupted air drops

    Lake fire grew after private drone flights disrupted air drops

    As a hot wind shifted north and drove the flames toward Onyx Peak east of Big Bear Lake, fire crews deployed to save homes scattered among brittle-dry pines — waiting for help from a DC-10 laden with 10,800 gallons of retardant.It never came. Shortly before 6 p.m. on Wednesday, an incident commander...

  • 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...

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