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Anna Phillips joins L.A. Times as education reporter

Anna Phillips has joined the Los Angeles Times as a member of the Metro education team.

Phillips most recently covered legal affairs and the criminal justice system for the Tampa Bay Times.

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In announcing her hiring, Managing Editor Marc Duvoisin said Phillips has great talent both for investigative work and for putting a human face on complex legal issues.

As an example, he cited her story about the indifference of a judge and lawyers to the low IQ of a woman who had tried to smother her baby, which led the defense lawyer to resign from the public defender's office as the case was reviewed.

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In Los Angeles, Phillips will cover the nation's second-largest public school system. She's already covered the nation's largest, New York City public schools, for Chalkbeat and for the New York Times.

Phillips is a graduate of Columbia University.

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