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 mayor, governor and president, most recently 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

  • Election? What election? Apathy abounds as L.A. votes

    Election? What election? Apathy abounds as L.A. votes

    Tabitha Benoy of Woodland Hills plans to skip Tuesday’s election for mayor of Los Angeles. “It’s never even occurred to me to vote for the mayor,” said Benoy, a 37-year-old social worker who tends to vote for president and not much else. “It seems like there’s so many elections. It’s too much to...

  • Sessions' testimony on Russia talks was false. Was it perjury?

    Sessions' testimony on Russia talks was false. Was it perjury?

    Contrary to what he told Congress at his confirmation hearing, Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions did indeed “have communications with the Russians” when he was a top Trump campaign advisor on national security. But did Sessions commit perjury? Perjury accusations have bedeviled many other Cabinet secretaries...

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