Maria L. La Ganga

Writer

Maria L. La Ganga is the former Seattle bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, with responsibilities for the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and Hawaii. She joined The Times in 1981 as an academic intern, splitting her time between the former Metro section and National Dragster, the official publication of the National Hot Rod Assn. She has served as San Francisco bureau chief, edited in the Business section and pitched in on five presidential elections. La Ganga left The Times in 2015. 

Recent Articles

  • How one scientist came to defend animals used in research

    How one scientist came to defend animals used in research

    Kathy Bentson keeps the brass ID tags in a small table inside her front door. They belonged to research subjects at the University of Washington, two monkeys that died and one that survived. The tags are a reminder that her work is not done, that she has not published data showing the monkeys endured...

  • Alligator in a meth lab? A place where crime is often stranger than fiction

    Alligator in a meth lab? A place where crime is often stranger than fiction

    Mark Lindquist needed just 66 seconds. That was all it took to persuade a judge to sentence William Grisso to prison for the next 31 years. Grisso, 43, "had a complicated love life — a wife, a fiancee and a girlfriend," the prosecutor told the court. "He could have unraveled that web any number...

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