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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

  • Nuns fight plan to sell Hollywood convent to Katy Perry

    Nuns fight plan to sell Hollywood convent to Katy Perry

    Here's a line I never thought I'd have the pleasure of writing: Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez is sparring with elderly Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary over the pending sale of the nuns' former convent in Los Feliz to international superstar singer Katy Perry. I swear on a Bible. At...

  • Hey California, Antonin Scalia discovers the 10th ring of hell, and we are it

    Hey California, Antonin Scalia discovers the 10th ring of hell, and we are it

    As the United States of America evolves, slowly becoming a more tolerant and inclusive nation, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is getting left behind, and now he’s taking out his wrath on California and hippies. It’s not hard to understand why Scalia has worked himself into a lather. This...

  • L.A. County's current formula won't solve homeless problem

    L.A. County's current formula won't solve homeless problem

    Bob, a man with bipolar disorder, has lived on the sidewalk of a busy Eagle Rock boulevard for a dozen years, with his belongings piled up around him. Just a few feet from his mattress, an apartment building that was designed to help people just like him is nearing completion. But it's not clear...

  • Three stories of hardship put a face on L.A.'s exorbitant housing costs

    Three stories of hardship put a face on L.A.'s exorbitant housing costs

    In Reseda, an elderly couple fret about where they will go at the end of the month, when they are forced out of the one-room apartment they have lived in for 29 years. In Tujunga, a retired woman lives in a backyard shed, treating her high blood pressure with tea made from her garden and bathing...

  • Every Garcetti evasion triggers more questions

    Every Garcetti evasion triggers more questions

    Washington, D.C., is a long way to schlep for two half-hour meetings for the good of Los Angeles, but that's what Mayor Eric Garcetti said he did last week. It's possible Garcetti has not heard of Skype, GoToMeeting, Facetime, Wiggio or another digital connection that could have saved him the hassle...

  • Help pours in to restore South L.A. widow's water service

    Help pours in to restore South L.A. widow's water service

    The great state of California remains nearly as dry as an Interstate 5 tumbleweed, but the drought has come to a glorious end under the roof of 71-year-old widow Doris Tillman of South Los Angeles. The Scripture-quoting Tillman endured nine months without running water after she lost a job, fell...

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