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Steve Lopez

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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

  • Eyewitness to Watts riots won't give in to discouragement

    Eyewitness to Watts riots won't give in to discouragement

    Larry Aubry and I met at Century and Western, near where, a week earlier, two children and an 18-year-old woman were shot in what has been a bloody summer in South Los Angeles. City officials and community leaders have been strategizing to try to restore calm, but that's hard to do when the underlying...

  • At Temple and Glendale, an only-in-L.A. tableau that's easy to pass by

    At Temple and Glendale, an only-in-L.A. tableau that's easy to pass by

    The intersection of Temple Street and Glendale Boulevard on the edge of Echo Park is so aggressively unattractive, you're tempted to close your eyes as you pass by. On its four points are a gas station, a collision center, a carwash and a recreation center, none of which will ever make it onto...

  • In Katy Perry versus the nuns, both sides declare partial victory

    In Katy Perry versus the nuns, both sides declare partial victory

    Katy Perry's $14.5-million bid to own a former Los Feliz convent isn't dead yet, even though another buyer has already moved her own furniture into the hilltop villa.An L.A. County Superior Court judge ruled Thursday that the sale of the property and an adjacent house of prayer by Sisters of the...

  • Mayor Garcetti has served up big, heaping plates of waffle

    Mayor Garcetti has served up big, heaping plates of waffle

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was at his best last week when he spoke to the L.A. County Board of Supervisors about raising the minimum wage. "Poverty is expensive," he said. "When we lose billions in lost wages, when we see folks who can't support themselves, who winds up paying for it? We do."...

  • No dog yoga (Doga) for Dominic, who didn't like the massage, either

    No dog yoga (Doga) for Dominic, who didn't like the massage, either

    Last week I told the story of an unemployed woman, barely surviving, who walked into a pet shop and overheard another customer say she gets $50 massages for her pooch. The hard-luck woman bristled at such indulgences in Los Angeles, where some people wait for a bus to the 99 Cents Only store while...

  • Maximizing the higher minimum wage

    Maximizing the higher minimum wage

    They packed the house. Burger flippers, checkout clerks, housekeepers, home healthcare workers and other folks who move the goods, clean the messes and keep things running, for nickels and dimes, in one of the wealthiest regions on the planet. They arrived early at the L.A. County Board of Supervisors...

  • Cash buyers and premium prices leave middle-class home seekers locked out

    Cash buyers and premium prices leave middle-class home seekers locked out

    Once upon a time, you didn't have to hijack an armored car full of loot in order to afford a modest family home in the Pasadena area. A steady job at a decent salary got you a 30-year mortgage on a 3BR-2BA slice of suburban bliss, with the tree-lined street and mountain views thrown in for free....

  • Pray sell: Divine intervention might be needed in nuns' property battle

    Pray sell: Divine intervention might be needed in nuns' property battle

    "Mary, Mother of Divine Mercy, PRAY FOR US." So says the poster at a religious retirement home where mega-star Katy Perry recently sang "Oh Happy Day" to several Immaculate Heart nuns, hoping to win their backing for her purchase of a former convent in Los Feliz. But even if the Blessed Virgin...

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