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Steve Lopez

Columnist

Steve Lopez is a California native who has been an L.A. Times columnist since 2001. He has won more than a dozen national journalism awards for his reporting and column writing at seven newspapers and four news magazines, and was a 2011 Pulitzer finalist for his columns on elder care. He is the author of three novels, two collections of columns and a non-fiction work called “The Soloist,” which was a Los Angeles Times and New York Times best-seller, winner of the PEN USA Literary Award for Non-Fiction, and the subject of a Dream Works movie by the same name. Lopez’s television reporting for public station KCET has won three local news Emmys, three Golden Mike awards and a share of the Columbia University DuPont Award.

Recent Articles

  • When it comes to the California Coastal Commission, 'cozy' is a four-letter word

    When it comes to the California Coastal Commission, 'cozy' is a four-letter word

    Last week, standing in ankle-deep water, I overturned a seashell and a slimy eel slithered up, and then another and another. Now, after a week of looking into the murky waters at the California Coastal Commission, where an attempt is underway to fire the director, I'm up to my elbows in sea serpents....

  • Gov. Brown is mute as Coastal Commission Coup gains steam

    Gov. Brown is mute as Coastal Commission Coup gains steam

    What will California's coast look like five, 20, and 50 years from now, and who will decide? A few developers? A handful of lobbyists? Rock stars and moguls? Environmentalists? The governor? Will the boogie boarders, birders, snorkelers, sailors, surfers, old guys with metal detectors, Christians...

  • How dark forces are chipping away at our beloved California coast

    How dark forces are chipping away at our beloved California coast

    I fell in love before I was out of grade school. Every summer, we loaded up the family sedan and my dad drove us from the East Bay town of Pittsburg to Santa Cruz for vacation. The moment we began descending the mountain through the redwoods, I'd crane for the first glimpse of open sea. Then we'd...

  • Little Tokyo mourns a homeless man whose 'spirit would shine'

    Little Tokyo mourns a homeless man whose 'spirit would shine'

    Michael Weinstein, a lawyer with the federal public defender's office, was working at home Dec. 18 when he got a call from a city animal shelter. "They said, 'Mr. Weinstein, we have your dog here.'" Impossible, Weinstein told the caller. His two dogs, Hammy and Luz, were at his feet. "They said,...

  • Finally, a smart approach to helping L.A.'s homeless

    Finally, a smart approach to helping L.A.'s homeless

    The idea was to roam a four-block sector of skid row in downtown Los Angeles, but a MASH unit of outreach workers didn't get far Friday morning. It took two hours to circle a single block in the human catastrophe that is skid row. From the moment the nurses, mental health specialists, addiction...

  • Will the safe choice for L.A. Unified chief turn out to be the best?

    Will the safe choice for L.A. Unified chief turn out to be the best?

    No question about it. The selection of Michelle King as superintendent of Los Angeles Unified comes with what PR folks call a nice narrative. King, 54, attended district schools as a student, got her first job as an LAUSD student aide in 1978, became a teacher and a principal, and worked her way...

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