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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

  • Column: Confronting the dark side of oyster farming and the beauty of breaching whales

    Column: Confronting the dark side of oyster farming and the beauty of breaching whales

    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...

  • The uncluttered coast

    The uncluttered 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...

  • Our road tripping columnist confronts the dark side of oyster farming and the beauty of breaching whales

    Our road tripping columnist confronts the dark side of oyster farming and the beauty of breaching whales

    Should I start with the whales, the bat rays or the leopard shark? I think I’ll save the whales for last. Week Two of my journey with photographer Allen Schaben, all the way down the California coast, began Monday morning in Point Reyes National Seashore. I wanted to update a story—an epic tale...

  • So long oysters, hello seal pups

    So long oysters, hello seal pups

    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...

  • Mollie Lowery, to the end, was a saint to those living on the streets

    Mollie Lowery, to the end, was a saint to those living on the streets

    For decades in Los Angeles, no one was more dedicated to comforting the sick, the destitute and the forgotten than Mollie Lowery. Mayors, supervisors and other public officials sought her out for policy advice. Countless addled, suffering souls who could not help themselves, or would not be helped...

  • Column: Why California's northern coast doesn't look like Atlantic City

    Column: Why California's northern coast doesn't look like Atlantic City

    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...

  • Why California's northern coast doesn't look like Atlantic City

    Why California's northern coast doesn't look like Atlantic City

     All week long, the ultimate destination was the Sonoma County coast. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy knocking around Tolowa Dunes, the Smith River and the Lost Coast last week. Even though I’m a native Californian, I’d done very little exploring up there where the misty shore is rocky, elk run...

  • Fort Bragg Bird Dog Living Dream

    Fort Bragg Bird Dog Living Dream

    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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