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

  • 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...

  • Is Kelly Slater's artificial wave the future of surfing?

    Is Kelly Slater's artificial wave the future of surfing?

    Surfers had never seen a spot like it: head-high waves unfurling like wrapping paper in pristine, tapering cylinders for more than a quarter-mile, with not a soul out to catch them. But something about the scene was amiss. Between waves, ducks floated in dead-still water the color of tea. A dusty...

  • 'We need an outsider like Trump,' says this two-time Obama voter

    'We need an outsider like Trump,' says this two-time Obama voter

    On the vacant, sun-blasted streets southwest of the Strip, Joe Cervantes sees an America on the decline. Sporting a fedora and a Jimi Hendrix T-shirt as he walks his chow chow, the 67-year-old retired car salesman grumbles when he passes a neighbor's house with weeds in the rocks. Three cars with...

  • A behind-the-scenes battle to divert L.A.'s storm water from going to waste

    A behind-the-scenes battle to divert L.A.'s storm water from going to waste

    The storm had gathered power for days as it crossed the Northern Pacific, and now its outer band was uppercutting the coast. By the time Eric Batman arrived at work at 7 Monday morning, a hard west wind was driving rain and hail sideways against windows. Thunder reverberated across the L.A. Basin....

  • 'Just Say No' anti-drug campaign helped define Nancy Reagan's legacy

    'Just Say No' anti-drug campaign helped define Nancy Reagan's legacy

    Drugs already had a strong grip in Compton High School when Maple Cornwell became assistant principal in 1983. Crack cocaine was just making its debut. Educators had few tools to fight what would quickly turn into an epidemic. Into this void came the voice of Nancy Reagan, with a message for children...

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