Russ Mitchell is re-joining the Business staff of the Los Angeles Times to cover automobiles, the future of mobility and the strengthening relationship between Silicon Valley and the auto industry.
Mitchell was The Times' tech editor before leaving in January for a brief stint as a managing editor at California Healthline, an arm of Kaiser Health News.
"I'm psyched to be returning to the L.A. Times," Mitchell said. "The Times remains committed to high-quality journalism, and I want to be a part of that. The new beat is exciting, and crucial to the future of California."
Mitchell's experience includes a stint in Detroit covering autos for Business Week and a lengthy career as a technology writer. He spent a year as a technology journalism fellow at MIT and later became managing editor at Wired magazine.
In his new role, Mitchell will work closely with auto reviewer Charles Fleming as well as the tech team to cover topics including Tesla, Faraday, self-driving vehicles and connected cars. He'll be based in the Bay Area.