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Los Angeles Times

Scott Martelle

Writer

Scott Martelle spent more than 30 years in newsrooms before moving to opinion writing. He has covered presidential elections, books and publishing, and countless other topics in a career given mostly to general assignment reporting. Martelle is the author of several history books, and previously worked as a journalist in Western New York and Detroit, where he honed an interest in labor issues. A native of Maine, he lives with his wife in Irvine, where they raised their two sons.

Recent Articles

  • Exonerations of the wrongfully convicted are on the rise

    Exonerations of the wrongfully convicted are on the rise

    If you thought there were a lot of news stories last year about wrongfully convicted people finally getting justice, well, you were right. According to a report by the National Registry of Exonerations, at least 149 people were cleared in 2015 of committing crimes for which they had been convicted....

  • The big winners in Iowa: voters on the outs with their own parties

    The big winners in Iowa: voters on the outs with their own parties

    During CNN’s Iowa caucus coverage Monday night, political consultant (and former Obama campaign manager) David Axelrod distilled the difference between the candidates for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Clinton’s speeches focus on her resume — years of experience...

  • The presidential nomination process leaves many of us on the outside

    The presidential nomination process leaves many of us on the outside

    With the Iowa caucuses on tap for a week from Monday, fast-forward ahead to October, when we’ll be in the home stretch of this seemingly eternal presidential race. So who will our voting options be then? Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton? Ted Cruz versus Bernie Sanders? Marco Rubio versus Martin...

  • The political coup behind the Flint water crisis

    The political coup behind the Flint water crisis

    The poisoning of the people of Flint, Mich., is a failure of government at its worst, and the finger-pointing will turn into a blood sport. There already are calls for the state’s governor, former Gateway Computers executive and venture capitalist Rick Snyder, to resign, and some are urging criminal...

  • Welcome to the dawning of the Age of Anthropocene

    Welcome to the dawning of the Age of Anthropocene

    How much has human technological progress affected the planet? Enough, some scientists say, that it’s time to declare we are in a new geologic era. Welcome to the Anthropocene Epoch. In an article published in Science on Thursday, a group of scientists add to recent arguments that human use of...

  • Mass killing vs. mass shooting debate misses the problem: Mass weaponry

    Mass killing vs. mass shooting debate misses the problem: Mass weaponry

    The aftermath of the San Bernardino massacre has included a side discussion over how many mass shootings occur in the U.S. each year. Is it about one a day? Has it been only a handful? And then we’re off chasing definitions about whether we should be counting killings or the number of people shot...

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