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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

  • How dark forces are chipping away at our beloved California coast

    How dark forces are chipping away at our beloved California coast

    I fell in love before I was out of grade school. Every summer, we loaded up the family sedan and my dad drove us from the East Bay town of Pittsburg to Santa Cruz for vacation. The moment we began descending the mountain through the redwoods, I'd crane for the first glimpse of open sea. Then we'd...

  • Little Tokyo mourns a homeless man whose 'spirit would shine'

    Little Tokyo mourns a homeless man whose 'spirit would shine'

    Michael Weinstein, a lawyer with the federal public defender's office, was working at home Dec. 18 when he got a call from a city animal shelter. "They said, 'Mr. Weinstein, we have your dog here.'" Impossible, Weinstein told the caller. His two dogs, Hammy and Luz, were at his feet. "They said,...

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