Matt Pearce

Writer

Matt Pearce is a national reporter for the Los Angeles Times and frequently writes about violence, disasters, social movements and civil liberties. A University of Missouri graduate, he has covered news in the Midwest for a number of publications and previously wrote about technology, culture and the Middle East as a featured writer for the New Inquiry. He hails from Kansas City, Mo.

Recent Articles

  • Trump falsely claims that millions voted illegally, costing him the popular vote

    Trump falsely claims that millions voted illegally, costing him the popular vote

    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...

  • Dakota Access pipeline protester may lose her arm after small explosion, activists say

    Dakota Access pipeline protester may lose her arm after small explosion, activists say

    Activists said a Dakota Access pipeline protester could have her arm amputated after suffering an injury from a small explosion Sunday night, and protesters and law enforcement officials accused each other of being responsible. Images shared by activists on Facebook showed a young woman sitting...

  • Many Trump protesters say this is the first time they've protested anything

    Many Trump protesters say this is the first time they've protested anything

    At 16, Sophie Wang is too young to vote and was never much interested in politics anyway. The electoral college was something she was studying in high school, but didn’t fully understand. The election of Donald Trump changed all that, giving Wang and her classmates a real-life civics lesson. “We...

  • It's not just California. The Deep South is also reeling from a drought

    It's not just California. The Deep South is also reeling from a drought

    An unusual haze, much thicker than traffic smog, hung over Atlanta on Wednesday. It was smoke, blown in from wildfires in the mountains of northern Georgia, where hundreds of firefighters were battling blazes nourished by a severe drought gripping the nation’s Southeast. How bad is the drought?...

  • Anti-Trump protesters hit the streets across the U.S.

    Anti-Trump protesters hit the streets across the U.S.

    Election Day 2016 updates: Trump defeats Clinton to become next president of U.S. Nov. 9, 2016, 5:16 p.m. The U.S. elected its 45th president on Nov. 8. See all of our maps: State-by-state results and the California races and propositions California votes to legalize recreational pot use; it has...

  • When reality set in for Clinton supporters

    When reality set in for Clinton supporters

    Hillary Clinton had been leading all along. Or that's what the polls said for months, and thus what the poll-tracking sites said for months. That's part of the story of tonight: the mood of mild certainty that had rippled through Clinton supporters' friend circles and their Facebook feeds. It had...

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