Robert J. Lopez

Writer

Robert J. Lopez no longer works for the Los Angeles Times. The veteran investigative reporter was part of a team that won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for public service for stories that uncovered alleged corruption in the city of Bell. He also helped run L.A. Now, The Times’ breaking news blog. A Los Angeles native, he has taught journalism and social media to reporters, students and academics in Latin America, the Caribbean and Middle East.

Recent Articles

  • 4 men shot in South L.A.; 2 more people shot in earlier incident

    4 men shot in South L.A.; 2 more people shot in earlier incident

    Police said four people were shot Wednesday night in South Los Angeles, the second shooting incident in the area in less than five hours. The victims were shot at East 27th Street and Stanford Avenue around 9:45 p.m., the Los Angeles Police Department said. All were described as men believed to...

  • 300 marijuana plants seized; man held in Ventura County

    300 marijuana plants seized; man held in Ventura County

    Authorities in Ventura County said Wednesday night that they had arrested a 51-year-old man on suspicion of cultivating hundreds of marijuana plants as part of a sophisticated indoor growing operation. Richard Gora is accused of turning his Camarillo home into a marijuana growing site that relied...

  • Antelope Valley man gets 21 years in baby porn case

    An Antelope Valley man was sentenced to 21 years in federal prison for making cellphone videos while he molested a 3-month-old relative, authorities said Tuesday. Robert Dale Schrader, 34, of Littlerock, "repeatedly sexually abused" the infant, the United States district attorney's office in Los...

  • Sex offender charged with posing as cop, raping woman in Torrance

    Sex offender charged with posing as cop, raping woman in Torrance

    Authorities charged a 43-year-old convicted sex offender Monday with posing as an undercover police officer and raping a woman in Torrance. Guy Allen Dietz is accused of attacking the woman Thursday at a home, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. "He presented a badge...

  • LAPD seeks witnesses in Venice Boardwalk beating

    Los Angeles police Wednesday night were seeking witnesses to a brutal beating at Venice Beach that was captured on video footage and posted on YouTube. The attack took place Tuesday around 10:30 p.m. near the Boardwalk on Ocean Front Walk, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Officers responded...

  • Big surf pounds Catalina, causes major damage to boatyard, harbor

    Big surf pounds Catalina, causes major damage to boatyard, harbor

    Surging surf caused by Hurricane Marie battered Santa Catalina Island, leaving a wake of destruction at a boatyard and creating hazardous conditions at Avalon Harbor, officials said Wednesday evening. On Wednesday night, a structure on Pacific Coast Highway north of Malibu slid down a hill and...

  • Malibu Pier closed, surfer dies as big waves hammer L.A.-area beaches

    Malibu Pier closed, surfer dies as big waves hammer L.A.-area beaches

    The Malibu Pier was shut down Tuesday evening and an unconscious surfer was pulled from rough waters nearby earlier in the day as high waves began pounding Southern California beaches. California State Park officials closed the pier after a piling was knocked loose Tuesday afternoon amid the big...

  • Beverly Hills police regret holding black producer before Emmys

    Beverly Hills police regret holding black producer before Emmys

    Beverly Hills police officials said Tuesday that it was "extremely unfortunate" that officers handcuffed and detained an African American film producer who was in the city to attend a pre-Emmy party. Producer Charles Belk "matched the clothing and physical characteristics" of a suspected bank robber...

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