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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

  • I'm not as brave as my father, who died in misery

    I'm not as brave as my father, who died in misery

    Dear Gov. Brown: Three years ago, my father died in a fairly typical manner. His heart and his body had given out, he could barely move, he couldn't feed himself and he was in diapers. He was in a bit of pain, but the physical suffering was nothing compared to the emotional and psychological side...

  • Some tips for Uber drivers (but not the cash kind)

    Some tips for Uber drivers (but not the cash kind)

    No job is worth having if it doesn't offer ample opportunity to confab with colleagues and grouse about the management. In that regard, I think I'm going to be fine if I keep driving for Uber. Drivers have been weighing in since my Sunday column, in which I reported on my brief (so far) experiment...

  • After driving for Uber, he's keeping his day job

    After driving for Uber, he's keeping his day job

    My first fare as an Uber driver could not have worked out better. Actually, I did have a brief moment of rookie jitters when my navigation system failed. I pulled over to get my bearings and wondered if Uber had ever fired someone on his first day. But soon enough I got moving again and picked...

  • L.A's road diet leaves some hungry for workable solutions

    L.A's road diet leaves some hungry for workable solutions

    When we talk about traffic in Los Angeles, we generally bicker about how slowly it moves, and we demand to know when someone at City Hall is going to do something about it. Well, city officials have finally responded, but not in the way you might have expected. On many streets, they're trying to...

  • At 62, mourning a high school girlfriend killed in car crash

    At 62, mourning a high school girlfriend killed in car crash

    David Dale had a wad of cash in his pocket when he arrived at Eternal Valley Memorial Park & Mortuary in Newhall on Wednesday morning. He walked into the cemetery office and ordered a gravestone, and was asked what inscription he wanted etched into the granite. "Too soon," said Dale. He wanted...

  • Taking the economy's pulse, one pawn ticket at a time

    Taking the economy's pulse, one pawn ticket at a time

    You've heard of the Dow Jones industrial average and the S&P 500. Now here's another index for tracking the markets: The Elliott Salter Pawn Shop Index. To enter the shop on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, you have to stand at the gate and pull a string, which rings a buzzer, which grabs...

  • A new skirmish in the battle for Malibu beach access

    A new skirmish in the battle for Malibu beach access

    The weather forecast is terrific. The water is unusually warm. And the greatest show in California is free except for the parking. But if you're headed to the beach this holiday weekend, beware the killjoys who might try to boot you off the sand, especially in Malibu. Yes, I know. You've heard...

  • Cautionary tales for baby boomers without enough money for retirement

    Cautionary tales for baby boomers without enough money for retirement

    Ever since I briefly flatlined three years ago after surgery, and then rose from the dead thanks to CPR from a well-trained nurse, I've found it more difficult to live conservatively and plan for tomorrow. Any of us could go at any minute, so why not live it up? Well, maybe because most people...

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