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Russ Mitchell

Russ Mitchell covers the rapidly changing global auto industry, with special emphasis on California, including Tesla, electric vehicles and driverless cars. The Los Angeles Times’ former technology editor, he’s worked on staff at publications ranging from Business Week to Wired. A graduate of the University of Illinois, he also studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Vannevar Bush Fellow. Mitchell still drives his black 2000 Audi TT, the rare smooth-backed version manufactured before lawyers made the company attach a spoiler.
How Elon Musk might make $920 million in Tesla debt go away

If Tesla's stock price hits $359.87 or higher after Dec. 1, convertible bond holders can swap debt for shares in the company.

Tesla picks a longtime board member to be chairwoman, fueling doubt Elon Musk will be reined in

Tesla appointed Robyn Denholm, a director who has been on its board for years, to replace Elon Musk as chair, stirring suspicion as to whether the mercurial chief executive will be restrained after his costly run-ins with securities regulators.

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