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Kate Mather

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Kate Mather covers crime, policing and breaking news across Southern California. A native of Lawrence, Kan., she studied journalism at USC before first joining The Times in 2011. Mather was part of the team of reporters that received a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino, as well as the team that was a Pulitzer finalist for its reporting on a deadly 2014 rampage in Isla Vista, Calif. As a fifth-generation Kansan, she’s probably heard every “Wizard of Oz” joke out there.

Recent Articles

  • LAPD officer fatally shoots man in South L.A.

    LAPD officer fatally shoots man in South L.A.

    A Los Angeles police officer shot and killed a man Monday after a short chase that ended with gunfire behind a South L.A. home, police said. The incident began about 1 p.m., when officers with the L.A. Police Department’s Metropolitan Division were driving near 27th Street and Maple Avenue, Det....

  • Union-backed changes to LAPD disciplinary system could go to voters

    Union-backed changes to LAPD disciplinary system could go to voters

    Los Angeles city leaders took the first step Wednesday toward a major overhaul of the Police Department’s disciplinary process — a move long sought by the union that represents rank-and-file officers. City Council President Herb Wesson unveiled plans for a May ballot measure that would allow the...

  • LAPD watchdog takes a long look into allegations of racial profiling

    LAPD watchdog takes a long look into allegations of racial profiling

    The Los Angeles Police Department knows it has a problem. African Americans have significantly less trust in LAPD officers than other residents do. A new survey, commissioned by the department, found that less than half of black residents consider the police honest and trustworthy. Only a third...

  • Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration leaves a lot unanswered for sanctuary cities like L.A.

    Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration leaves a lot unanswered for sanctuary cities like L.A.

    Scores of communities across California and the nation over the last decade have declared themselves "sanctuary cities," a politically potent if largely symbolic designation aimed at expressing solidarity and granting protection for immigrants in this country illegally. During the Obama years,...

  • LAPD will not help feds deport immigrants, Chief Beck says

    LAPD will not help feds deport immigrants, Chief Beck says

    Nancy Pelosi swats backs challenger to be reelected House minority leader Nov. 30, 2016, 4:58 p.m. This is our look at President-elect Donald Trump's transition and the outgoing Obama administration. Here's what's happening: Nancy Pelosi beats back challenger to retain House leadership post Trump...

  • LAPD will not help deport immigrants under Trump, chief says

    LAPD will not help deport immigrants under Trump, chief says

    Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Monday that he has no plans to change the LAPD’s stance on immigration enforcement, despite President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to toughen federal immigration laws and deport millions of people upon taking office. For decades, the LAPD has distanced...

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