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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

  • Mendez Reading Club turns these high schoolers into page yearners

    Mendez Reading Club turns these high schoolers into page yearners

    They meet on Mondays at lunch. They remove their earbuds, hide their smartphones and communicate without the aid of electronic devices. They are the coolest kids at Mendez High School in Boyle Heights. They are the Reading Club. "This is truly the biggest club on campus," said English teacher Rebecca...

  • Man with soft spot leaves $3.3 million to skid row charities

    Man with soft spot leaves $3.3 million to skid row charities

    In the next several weeks, money will begin falling out of the sky and onto skid row in downtown Los Angeles. Manna from heaven, as they say. More than $3 million worth. The cash will come courtesy of a reclusive, cantankerous soul with a generous heart, and here is the story: Delmer Clarence Kallberg...

  • A $35-million tear-down: L.A.'s unreal estate has plenty of buyers

    A $35-million tear-down: L.A.'s unreal estate has plenty of buyers

    It's not uncommon on the Westside of Los Angeles for people to shell out $20 million or more for a house. And then take a wrecking ball to it. Jeff Hyland, of the high-end Beverly Hills real estate agency Hilton & Hyland, had a recent tear-down sale of $35 million in the Trousdale section. "It...

  • Why bother voting in city elections? Here's why

    Why bother voting in city elections? Here's why

    So here's the question of the day: Do people blow off voting because they think nothing will change, or does nothing change because so many people don't bother to vote? California, and Los Angeles in particular, are not alone in recording appalling voter turnout numbers. It's happening in many...

  • After 31 years in Echo Park, victims of displacement by gentrification

    After 31 years in Echo Park, victims of displacement by gentrification

    Jose and Ana Sanchez ran for their lives during El Salvador's civil war, resettled in Los Angeles and joined the working class. They landed minimum-wage jobs in the garment district, then started Ana's Ice Cream, motoring through the city to peddle frozen treats. Together, they brought in just...

  • It's the industrious little guy who keeps L.A. on its feet

    It's the industrious little guy who keeps L.A. on its feet

    Nothing about Los Angeles is more interesting than how people make it here. For sheer industriousness, creativity and hard work, it's the people at the margins, rather than in the mansions, who make up the lifeblood of the city. Take, for instance, Rafael Lopez, 71. He owns two faded, beat-up vans....

  • In a sputtering economy, business is humming at this auto repair shop

    In a sputtering economy, business is humming at this auto repair shop

    Hanging out at an auto repair shop might not be the most scientific way to study the economy, but it's far more interesting than reading the latest poll on consumer confidence or government report on job creation. I got the idea after watching a man lift the hood of a beat-up car that had died...

  • 10 years later, L.A.'s skid row remains an urban dystopia

    10 years later, L.A.'s skid row remains an urban dystopia

    On a cool, drizzly day 10 years ago, I met a lonely, afflicted soul in downtown Los Angeles who would eventually take me to places I'd never visited. Disney Hall, for instance, and the White House. And to the depths of skid row. Nathaniel Ayers survived on music, memories and a dream that with...

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