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

  • 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...

  • In Hermosa, hoping not to be priced out of a beach vacation

    In Hermosa, hoping not to be priced out of a beach vacation

    The Trudgeon family was back again, staying in the beach cottage for the 22nd year in a row, just steps from the sand. And they were worried. The Brussels family, customers for almost three decades, was staying in a second-floor suite with an ocean-view balcony above the Hermosa Beach Strand. And ...

  • Hold breath, hope for best

    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...

  • Reforms ravaged

    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...

  • Cruising the coast

    Cruising the 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...

  • You say Watt?

    You say Watt?

    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...

  • So many lovely beaches in Malibu, if only you could get to them

    So many lovely beaches in Malibu, if only you could get to them

    Spectacular. Stunning. Breathtaking. Driving south on the California coast, you quickly run out of superlatives to describe a view that has fired the imagination, inspired song and sparked romance. Then you hit Malibu, and the show is over. OK, so Iā€™m exaggerating a little. You can still see white...

  • How a tiny bird — along with butterflies, and bureaucracy — create a big obstacle for one eco-developer

    How a tiny bird — along with butterflies, and bureaucracy — create a big obstacle for one eco-developer

    For decades, two forces ā€” steady and powerful as the tides ā€” have collided on  the California coast. The desire to build, and the desire to conserve. The Monterey Bay town of Sand City, population roughly 300, offers the perfect case study. Developer Ed Ghandour has tried for more than 20 years...

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