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

  • Trump echoes Nixon 1968 on law and order, a risky bet in a more racially diverse nation

    Trump echoes Nixon 1968 on law and order, a risky bet in a more racially diverse nation

    From the start of his campaign, Donald Trump’s slogan, “Make America great again,” has captured an aspiration to return the nation to an era when his core audience of working-class whites occupied a more dominant place in society. Now, in the aftermath of the killing of five police officers in...

  • California delegate mad at Ted Cruz

    California delegate mad at Ted Cruz

    Republican National Convention 2016 Days 1 through 3 July 20, 2016, 2:46 p.m. What to know about the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, which is in its third day:• The party's deep fractures were on display Wednesday tonight: Among other incidents, Ted Cruz told delegates to "vote your...

  • Melania Trump says she wrote convention speech with little help

    Melania Trump says she wrote convention speech with little help

    Republican National Convention 2016 Days 1 through 3 July 20, 2016, 2:46 p.m. What to know about the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, which is in its third day:• The party's deep fractures were on display Wednesday tonight: Among other incidents, Ted Cruz told delegates to "vote your...

  • Melania Trump says Donald Trump values diversity

    Melania Trump says Donald Trump values diversity

    Republican National Convention 2016 Days 1 through 3 July 20, 2016, 2:46 p.m. What to know about the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, which is in its third day:• The party's deep fractures were on display Wednesday tonight: Among other incidents, Ted Cruz told delegates to "vote your...

  • 'Never Trump' notches public show of Republican discord

    'Never Trump' notches public show of Republican discord

    After a series of procedural roadblocks stopped a rogue band of delegates who were seeking to block Donald Trump’s nomination, Ron Kaufman, a Republican stalwart, taunted them as a failure from the start.  “One thing is clear,” said Kaufman, co-chairman of the panel that wrote the rules for this...

  • Trump allies downplay floor fight as anti-Trump forces promise more protests inside convention

    Republican National Convention 2016 Days 1 through 3 July 20, 2016, 2:46 p.m. What to know about the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, which is in its third day:• The party's deep fractures were on display Wednesday tonight: Among other incidents, Ted Cruz told delegates to "vote your...

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