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Steve Lopez

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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

  • Next Coastal Commission showdown: Sonoma County beach access

    Next Coastal Commission showdown: Sonoma County beach access

    The distance was only about 30 miles, and the trip took less than an hour. But every time Efren Carrillo's family packed a picnic lunch and drove from the landlocked town of Roseland to the Sonoma Coast, the experience was thrilling. "Imagine a completely different paradise," says Carrillo, now...

  • Tenacious change agent makes improving L.A. Unified his mission

    Tenacious change agent makes improving L.A. Unified his mission

    "He could be a burr in your saddle," says former L.A. Unified Supt. Roy Romer. "But generally he was there when I needed him to help get the job done." "I don't always agree with Scott, and sometimes I vigorously disagree with him," says school board President Steve Zimmer. "But I always want to...

  • How teaching taught professor Lopez to appreciate teachers — and students

    How teaching taught professor Lopez to appreciate teachers — and students

    I can't begin to recall how many classrooms I've visited in more than 40 years as a journalist. Dozens for sure. More than a hundred, perhaps. Everything from grade school to graduate school. But my knees wobbled when I was offered a chance to teach an evening class at Cal State L.A. Why? Because...

  • Why so many voters are drawn to Donald Trump

    Why so many voters are drawn to Donald Trump

    The way the presidential campaign is shaping up, Ventura musician Jon Gindick may do something he's never done before. "I've never voted for a Republican," the registered Democrat told me. "I like Trump." Gindick plays and teaches blues harmonica. He emailed me after my column about the Donald...

  • Trump circus rolls into Phoenix in a taste of what's in store for California

    Trump circus rolls into Phoenix in a taste of what's in store for California

    Nohl Rosen was ready to back up the police if trouble broke out at the Donald Trump rally Saturday morning in suburban Phoenix. The computer repairman wore a flag bandanna and a "Police Lives Matter" T-shirt, and strapped to his right leg was a 9mm Smith & Wesson. In California, I told him, we...

  • The Coastal Commission is learning the meaning of sorry-not sorry

    The Coastal Commission is learning the meaning of sorry-not sorry

    The Venetians were as perplexed as anyone in the room last week when a member of the California Coastal Commission suddenly began speaking in Spanish at a public hearing in Santa Monica. Commissioner Mark Vargas offered no preface or explanation. He simply launched into Spanish and was several...

  • Join me at the circus, I mean, a California Coastal Commission hearing

    Join me at the circus, I mean, a California Coastal Commission hearing

    It's becoming harder and harder for me to describe in believable terms what goes on at a California Coastal Commission hearing. But I'm going to give it my best shot. In the past week the circus came to Santa Monica, where demonstrators, still angry about last month's firing of the agency's Executive...

  • Donald Trump fans are not actually hard to find in California

    Donald Trump fans are not actually hard to find in California

    In a state as blue as California, does Donald Trump have any support? Absolutely. Probably not enough to take the state in November, if he's the Republican presidential nominee. But in a January poll of California's GOP voters, Trump and Ted Cruz were pretty much tied for the lead. A couple of...

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