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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

  • One way to save California's coast: Save a bill that bans private meetings with developers

    One way to save California's coast: Save a bill that bans private meetings with developers

    Today, as I continue my summer trip down California’s 1,100 miles of coastline, I was going to tell you about a developer who has spent 24 years trying to build a hotel on a Monterey Bay sand dune  and what he thinks about the regulatory hurdles he’s been jumping. Or I was going to tell you about...

  • Let me connect the dots

    Let me connect the dots

    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...

  • Column: How we come to care and why we sometimes go wrong

    Column: How we come to care and why we sometimes go wrong

    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...

  • If only i had a Woody and a long board for this trip

    If only i had a Woody and a long board for this trip

    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...

  • California's coast: How we come to care and why we sometimes go wrong

    California's coast: How we come to care and why we sometimes go wrong

    Here we go, I thought, pulling off Highway 1 just south of Santa Cruz. This is the street. When I was a boy living east of Oakland, my family rented a little cottage here, a block from the beach in Seacliff. My dad saved pocket change in a cigar box all year, and we’d split the costs with another...

  • My endless summer

    My endless summer

    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...

  • Big Sur fire close, bags packed

    Big Sur fire close, bags packed

    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...

  • Martins Beach: is it his or is it yours?

    Martins Beach: is it his or is it yours?

    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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