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Michael Finnegan

Writer

Michael Finnegan is a politics writer at the Los Angeles Times. Since joining the Times in 2000, he has covered elections for president, governor and mayor. His current beat is the Donald Trump campaign. In 2011, Finnegan and fellow Times reporter Gale Holland won the Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism for articles on rampant waste in the $6-billion rebuilding of Los Angeles community colleges. A Los Angeles native, Finnegan started newspaper work at the Hudson Dispatch in New Jersey. For seven years, he covered city and state politics at the New York Daily News. He plays piano on the side.

Recent Articles

  • Activist, politician Tom Hayden is remembered at UCLA memorial

    Activist, politician Tom Hayden is remembered at UCLA memorial

    When Robert Kennedy was assassinated in 1968, the senator’s family picked Tom Hayden to be an honorary pallbearer at the funeral because the young antiwar activist embodied “the great hope that my father had in the future of our country,” Robert Kennedy Jr. recalled Sunday night at a memorial for...

  • Cleanup begins after powerful storm slams Southern California

    Cleanup begins after powerful storm slams Southern California

    Cleanup was beginning across Southern California on Saturday after a storm that forecasters billed as the most powerful in years caused flooding on multiple freeways, triggered dramatic mudslides and downed hundreds of trees and power lines. The storm was moving out Saturday after dumping record...

  • Excessive rain and a possible sewer failure probably caused the Studio City sinkhole

    Excessive rain and a possible sewer failure probably caused the Studio City sinkhole

    Live updates: Strongest storm in years moves through L.A. area Feb. 18, 2017, 5:19 p.m. The strongest storm to hit Southern California in several years has brought torrential rain, flash flooding and powerful winds to the area. The storm broke rain records at several locations . An estimated 50,000...

  • At least 4 dead amid major flooding and mudslides as biggest storm in years barrels into L.A. area

    At least 4 dead amid major flooding and mudslides as biggest storm in years barrels into L.A. area

    Cleanup was beginning across Southern California on Saturday after a storm that forecasters billed as the most powerful in years caused flooding on multiple freeways, triggered dramatic mudslides and downed hundreds of trees and power lines. The storm was moving out Saturday morning after dumping...

  • Sinkhole swallows two cars in Studio City

    Sinkhole swallows two cars in Studio City

    Live updates: Strongest storm in years moves through L.A. area Feb. 18, 2017, 5:19 p.m. The strongest storm to hit Southern California in several years has brought torrential rain, flash flooding and powerful winds to the area. The storm broke rain records at several locations . An estimated 50,000...

  • Flooding shuts down 5 Freeway in San Fernando Valley and 110 Freeway in South L.A.

    Live updates: Strongest storm in years moves through L.A. area Feb. 18, 2017, 5:19 p.m. The strongest storm to hit Southern California in several years has brought torrential rain, flash flooding and powerful winds to the area. The storm broke rain records at several locations . An estimated 50,000...

  • Downed power line kills man in Sherman Oaks

    Live updates: Strongest storm in years moves through L.A. area Feb. 18, 2017, 5:19 p.m. The strongest storm to hit Southern California in several years has brought torrential rain, flash flooding and powerful winds to the area. The storm broke rain records at several locations . An estimated 50,000...

  • Former mayors split over how to run L.A.

    Former mayors split over how to run L.A.

    Richard Riordan grumbled to two other former Los Angeles mayors on Thursday about the traffic clogging his Brentwood neighborhood. “How long does it take to get to downtown L.A. to go to the theater at night?” he asked. “If you take the subway, it will take about 25 minutes,” Antonio Villaraigosa...

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