Los Angeles Times

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

  • Donald Trump to kick off California campaign Thursday in Orange County

    Donald Trump to kick off California campaign Thursday in Orange County

    Ted Cruz picks Carly Fiorina as his running mate April 27 2016, 4:04 PM Donald Trump gives a foreign policy address while rival Ted Cruz selects Carly Fiorina as his running mate.Ted Cruz picks former California tech executive Carly Fiorina as his running mate.How Donald Trump's delegate lead stacks...

  • Donald Trump calls Cruz-Kasich deal corrupt

    Donald Trump calls Cruz-Kasich deal corrupt

    Cruz and Kasich could bring their anti-Trump alliance to California, the biggest delegate prize April 25 2016, 5:05 PM Ted Cruz and John Kasich try a new tack in the move to keep Donald Trump from securing the Republican nomination.Cruz and Kasich say they'll each sit out primaries to let the other...

  • Donald Trump starts shift toward November clash with Hillary Clinton

    Donald Trump starts shift toward November clash with Hillary Clinton

    Trump campaign to Republican officials: He'll soften his tone for the general election April 21 2016, 5:05 PM The Republican National Committee's rules committee meets Thursday in Florida, and Donald Trump's path to the nomination looks smoother than Ted Cruz's after the New York primary.Donald...

  • Donald Trump starts shift toward November clash with Hillary Clinton

    Donald Trump starts shift toward November clash with Hillary Clinton

    Amid all the uncertainty over whether Republicans will nominate Donald Trump for president, the GOP front-runner is pivoting more and more overtly to a presumed general election contest against Democrat Hillary Clinton.In both tone and substance, the shift was clear in Trump’s appearance Thursday...

  • Road to GOP nomination looks smoother for Trump, but there are bumps ahead

    Road to GOP nomination looks smoother for Trump, but there are bumps ahead

    Trump campaign to Republican officials: He'll soften his tone for the general election April 21 2016, 5:05 PM The Republican National Committee's rules committee meets Thursday in Florida, and Donald Trump's path to the nomination looks smoother than Ted Cruz's after the New York primary.Donald...

  • Road to GOP nomination looks smoother for Trump, but there are bumps ahead

    Road to GOP nomination looks smoother for Trump, but there are bumps ahead

    Widening his delegate lead, Donald Trump has taken a significant stride toward clinching the Republican presidential nomination and avoiding a knockdown fight at the party's summer convention. But the contest is far from settled. Trump's landslide win in Tuesday's New York primary snagged him at...

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