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

  • 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 I’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 — steady and powerful as the tides — 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...

  • Coastal reform bill turns to mush

    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: Fighting for the California coast from a tiny office in her kitchen nook

    Column: Fighting for the California coast from a tiny office in her kitchen nook

    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...

  • Looking for bargains on Cali coast

    Looking for bargains on Cali 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...

  • She's fighting for the California coast from a tiny office in her kitchen nook

    She's fighting for the California coast from a tiny office in her kitchen nook

    If you were a coastal conservation activist in California, with 1,100 miles of shoreline to look after, how would you even decide where to begin? There’s always a battle somewhere, and let me give you just a couple of examples from one tiny section of the coast. Moss Landing is in the news again this...

  • Kids at sea, many for first time

    Kids at sea, many for first time

    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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