Los Angeles Times

Sandra Poindexter

Writer

As a data analyst, Sandra Poindexter crunches the numbers to provide information for daily stories as well as short- and long-term investigative projects. In 2011, she was part of a team that won the Nieman Foundation for Journalism’s Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Reporting for the series “Billions to Spend,” which documented mismanagement in a multi-billion dollar program to rebuild Los Angeles’ community colleges. She also shared the 2010  Scripps Howard National Journalism Award for the public service series, “Grading The Teachers.” The series also won the 2010 Philip Meyer Journalism Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors.

 

Recent Articles

  • How the motion picture academy moved the needle on its diversity push: We crunch the numbers

    How the motion picture academy moved the needle on its diversity push: We crunch the numbers

    When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced a new initiative in January aimed at doubling the number of women and minorities in its overwhelmingly white and male ranks by 2020, many asked how such an ambitious goal could possibly be achieved.  On June 29, the academy offered...

  • Measuring income along L.A.'s Metro stations

    Measuring income along L.A.'s Metro stations

    This year has seen the extension of two Metro lines to affluent communities. The income level around Metro stations can go from twice the amount of Los Angeles County’s median income to well below in a matter of a few stops. We decided to look at median household income levels along all the lines...

  • 91% white. 76% male. Changing who votes on Oscar won't be easy.

    91% white. 76% male. Changing who votes on Oscar won't be easy.

    With Sunday's Oscar show, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will close one of the most contentious awards seasons in its history and open an era of historic change, as the 89-year-old institution launches an ambitious drive to diversify its membership. A Los Angeles Times study shows...

  • Nearly 9 in 10 students drop out of unaccredited law schools in California

    Nearly 9 in 10 students drop out of unaccredited law schools in California

    To Omar Medina, a security officer working the graveyard shift, attending Northwestern California University School of Law seemed like the ideal way to fulfill his dream of becoming a lawyer. Unlike traditional law schools with high tuitions and entrance requirements, Northwestern California offered...

  • Price of a common surgery varies from $39,000 to $237,000 in L.A.

    Price of a common surgery varies from $39,000 to $237,000 in L.A.

    A short drive in the Los Angeles area can yield big differences in price for knee or hip replacement surgery. New Medicare data show that Inglewood's Centinela Hospital Medical Center billed the federal program $237,063, on average, for joint replacement surgery in 2013. That was the highest charge...

  • Many California child-care centers have low measles vaccination rates

    Many California child-care centers have low measles vaccination rates

    John Leddy was all set to send his 2-year-old daughter Vanessa to the YWCA Family Cooperative Preschool in Santa Monica recently when he and his wife decided at the last minute to ask about its measles vaccination rate. They went onto the state's website and were alarmed to learn that as of last...

  • Fewer California parents refuse to vaccinate children

    Fewer California parents refuse to vaccinate children

    The number of California parents who cite personal beliefs in refusing to vaccinate their kindergartners dropped in 2014 for the first time in a dozen years, according to a Times data analysis. The shift came amid rising alarm over the number of children being exempted from immunization, which...

  • How commute times stack up

    How commute times stack up

    From 2009 to 2013, the median commute times in most Northern and Southern California cities have increased.

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