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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

  • Checking in on some of the secrets to life, love and a bright future

    Checking in on some of the secrets to life, love and a bright future

    One thing I don’t do often enough is let readers in on developments in the lives of people I’ve written about. Please accept my apologies, as well as today’s penance — three updates. A few years ago, I wrote about having flat-lined after surgery and got an email from a downtown Los Angeles character...

  • After five weeks and 1,100 miles, a deeper love of the California coast, a greater desire to watch over it

    After five weeks and 1,100 miles, a deeper love of the California coast, a greater desire to watch over it

    It was late on a chilly night when I descended a winding mountain road to Shelter Cove, one of the few California coastal communities I’d never visited. I checked into the Inn of the Lost Coast, dropped my bags on the floor of my room and opened the back door to see how close I was to the water....

  • Endless summer at end

    Steve Lopez on what's been saved along the California coast -- and what the bulldozers are still aiming for Aug. 25, 2016, 10:40 a.m. California's 1,100 miles of coastline is a glorious global destination because generations have fought to protect it. But property owners are still locking out the...

  • A dangerous confluence on the California coast: beach erosion and sea level rise

    A dangerous confluence on the California coast: beach erosion and sea level rise

    Bob Guza has the best job in California. That’s just my opinion, but take a look at this deal: At 68, his work clothes are a ball cap, shorts and flip-flops. He sets his own hours and gets paid to hang out on the beach all day with his toys, which include a sand buggy, a jet ski and a drone. Guza...

  • Steve Lopez reflects back on his 1,100 mile trek down the California coast

    Steve Lopez on what's been saved along the California coast -- and what the bulldozers are still aiming for Aug. 25, 2016, 10:40 a.m. California's 1,100 miles of coastline is a glorious global destination because generations have fought to protect it. But property owners are still locking out the...

  • Vintage Schwinn from 1972 coast trek

    Vintage Schwinn from 1972 coast trek

    Steve Lopez on what's been saved along the California coast -- and what the bulldozers are still aiming for Aug. 25, 2016, 10:40 a.m. California's 1,100 miles of coastline is a glorious global destination because generations have fought to protect it. But property owners are still locking out the...

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