Matt Hamilton

Writer

Matt Hamilton is a reporter in the Metro section for the Los Angeles Times. He has covered legal affairs, crime and breaking news across California. He joined The Times in 2013 as an intern reporting on criminal trials in Los Angeles County. Hamilton was part of the team of reporters that received a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino. He grew up in Delaware and studied Catholic theology at Boston College. Before completing a degree in journalism at the University of Southern California, he edited magazines in Amman, Jordan.

Recent Articles

  • Mud, darkness and destruction turned Montecito into death trap

    Mud, darkness and destruction turned Montecito into death trap

    The realization that houses might simply vanish didn’t start to set in until a 30-foot tree trunk barreled by. Trina Grokenberger stared out the upstairs window of her white Colonial house Tuesday morning, as a river raged through her front yard. It was 3:58 a.m. “Dave!” she called to her husband....

  • Hope fades for those still buried by Montecito mudslide

    Hope fades for those still buried by Montecito mudslide

    At least 18 people have died in the Montecito mudslides and seven people were still unaccounted for Friday, as hope waned that any survivors remained amid muck, boulders and toppled trees. Rescuers continued to dig through the tangled wreckage of vehicles and homes, searching for human remains...

  • Montecito braced for fire, but mud was a more stealthy, deadly threat

    Montecito braced for fire, but mud was a more stealthy, deadly threat

    When the Thomas fire swept down from the Los Padres National Forest and took aim at this coastal town in December, the looming disaster was impossible to miss. Powerful winds picked up, smoke shielded the sun and brought an eerie darkness to the landscape, and towers of flames could be seen in...

  • Up to 43 people still missing in Montecito; dead include four children

    Up to 43 people still missing in Montecito; dead include four children

    Rescue crews continued to search Thursday for survivors amid the mud and wreckage of Montecito’s massive debris field, but acknowledged that the window to save lives is rapidly closing. Up to 43 people remain unaccounted for following Tuesday’s massive mudflow, though officials said that number...

  • Work on the Thomas fire doesn't stop for Christmas

    Work on the Thomas fire doesn't stop for Christmas

    As the sun rose Monday morning, Pedro Barba had to settle for imagining what his family was doing without him. In their Riverside home, Barba’s wife would be fixing hot cocoa and pan dulce for their two children. The three would be readying to open their gifts. A hundred miles away, the hotshot...

  • 'This fire is a beast': Massive inferno keeps growing despite epic battle by firefighters

    'This fire is a beast': Massive inferno keeps growing despite epic battle by firefighters

    More than a week after the Thomas fire ignited in Ventura County, destroying hundreds of homes and displacing thousands as it grew into a massive inferno, firefighters are now in a race to protect the pristine coastal communities of neighboring Santa Barbara County before a shift in powerful winds...

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