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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

  • DWP complaints keep pouring in

    DWP complaints keep pouring in

    Never thought I'd say this, but I'm beginning to feel a little sympathy for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Why? Because I'm getting bombarded with ratepayer complaints, just as the ginormous utility has been for the last couple of years. And like the DWP, I can't keep up. The good...

  • Willpower, wisdom fuel 99-year-old's quest for a college degree

    Willpower, wisdom fuel 99-year-old's quest for a college degree

    This is graduation season, and there are lots of good tales of perseverance out there. But it would be hard to top the story of Doreetha Daniels. You know how some people take some time off between high school graduation and the start of college? That's what Daniels did. And next Friday, Daniels,...

  • At 50 gallons a week, widow knows just how precious water is

    At 50 gallons a week, widow knows just how precious water is

    Doris Tillman got a jump on the rest of us when it comes to water conservation. The 71-year-old South Los Angeles homeowner had no choice. Last August, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power shut off the church-going widow's water service because Mrs. Tillman had fallen behind on her payments...

  • DWP cancels couple's $51,269.42 water bill, gives $85 credit

    DWP cancels couple's $51,269.42 water bill, gives $85 credit

    Oh, about that $51,000 water bill we sent you? Never mind. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has decided after an "investigation" that Savely and Stella Goreshter, who live in a Van Nuys condominium, did not use 6.7 million gallons of water between January and October of last year....

  • Van Nuys couple's $51,649.32 DWP horror story

    Van Nuys couple's $51,649.32 DWP horror story

    Mr. Goreshter gesticulates, snarls and paces in his Van Nuys condo. Mrs. Goreshter sits in a silent, fixed state of dread. "My parents are terrified," says the retired couple's daughter, Felicia. The beast that can not be tamed — the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power — is figuratively at...

  • Money for DWP trusts should go elsewhere -- like the ratepayer advocate

    Money for DWP trusts should go elsewhere -- like the ratepayer advocate

    "Please help me," said the letter from an 85-year-old reader in West Hills. "I am having trouble with my utility bill from the L.A.D.W.P." If only I had a dollar for every letter or email like that I've received. I'll fill you in on the West Hills case in a moment, but first I have to say it's...

  • No excuse for L.A.'s surging homeless population

    No excuse for L.A.'s surging homeless population

    You see them behind bushes and in parks, in ragged tents and beat-up vans, on beaches and along arroyos, under bridges, in alleys and on sidewalks. It's mostly men but you will find more than a few women and even some children. The number of people without a place to live has grown by 12% in riches-and-rags...

  • Mayor Garcetti and LAPD Chief Beck missed a chance to listen in Venice

    Mayor Garcetti and LAPD Chief Beck missed a chance to listen in Venice

    I wouldn't have wanted to be LAPD Deputy Chief Bea Girmala on Thursday night in Venice, where an angry crowd packed Westminster Elementary School to blast police over the fatal shooting of an unarmed homeless man. "Murder!" protesters shouted when Girmala tried to speak. "I am not going to say...

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