Tania Ganguli is joining The Times as Lakers beat writer.
Ganguli comes to The Times from ESPN.com, where she has covered the NFL’s Houston Texans for the last three seasons. She previously covered the team for the Houston Chronicle.
In announcing her hiring, Times Sports Editor Angel Rodriguez cited her ability to break news and a flair for bringing to life the personalities that inhabit a professional sports locker room.
She takes over the Lakers beat as the franchise tries to reinvent itself after Kobe Bryant with a new generation of prospects, Rodriguez said.
Earlier in her career, Ganguli covered the Jacksonville Jaguars for the Florida Times-Union and the Orlando Magic and NASCAR for the Orlando Sentinel.
Ganguli has received numerous honors from the Associated Press Sports Editors and was the Chronicle’s sportswriter of the year.
Ganguli is a graduate of Northwestern University, but her Southern California ties go back to her days at Arcadia High School and her dog Tyus, named after UCLA basketball star Tyus Edney.
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