Team Politics


  • Mark Z. Barabak

    Mark Z. Barabak

    Mark covers state and national politics for the Los Angeles Times, based in San Francisco. A reporter for more than 35 years, he has covered campaigns and elections in 49 of the 50 states.

  • Christina Bellantoni

    Christina Bellantoni

    Christina is the Assistant Managing Editor, Politics. She came to The Times in August 2015 after 12 years covering politics in Washington, most recently as editor-in-chief at Roll Call.

  • Noah Bierman

    Noah Bierman

    Noah writes about Congress and the presidential race, and covers national stories from the mid-Atlantic region. He is based in Washington, D.C.

  • Liam Dillon

    Liam Dillon

    Liam covers state politics and policy and is based in Sacramento. Prior to joining The Times in February 2016, Dillon covered local politics in San Diego and Southwest Florida.

  • Michael Finnegan

    Michael Finnegan

    Michael is a politics reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Since joining The Times in 2000, he has covered campaigns for president, governor and mayor.

  • Evan Halper

    Evan Halper

    Evan writes about the presidential campaign and a broad range of policy issues out of Washington D.C., with particular emphasis on how Washington regulates, agitates and very often miscalculates in its dealings with California.

  • David Lauter

    David Lauter

    David is the Los Angeles Times' Washington bureau chief. He began writing news in Washington in 1981 and since then has covered Congress, the Supreme Court, the White House and four U.S. presidential campaigns.

  • Christine Mai-Duc

    Christine Mai-Duc

    Christine covers California politics from Los Angeles. She has previously written for Capitol Weekly in Sacramento and The Times' bureaus D.C. and Orange County. She joined The Times in June 2012.

  • Melanie Mason

    Melanie Mason

    Melanie covers state government and politics in Sacramento. She first began working for the Los Angeles Times in 2011 in Washington, D.C., where she covered money and politics during the 2012 presidential campaign.

  • Seema Mehta

    Seema Mehta

    Seema is a political writer for the Los Angeles Times. She has covered presidential campaigns, as well as gubernatorial, Senate and mayoral races.

  • John Myers

    John Myers

    John joined the Los Angeles Times as Sacramento bureau chief in 2015 after more than two decades in broadcast news and covering statehouse policy and political debates since 2001.

  • Patrick McGreevy

    Patrick McGreevy

    Patrick covers the California Legislature out of the Sacramento bureau and has worked for The Times since 1998.

  • Chris Megerian

    Chris Megerian

    Chris is a reporter in the Sacramento bureau, where he covers Gov. Jerry Brown, the budget, climate change legislation and state government.

  • Javier Panzar

    Javier Panzar

    Javier is a politics reporter for the Los Angeles Times. His reporting has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Seattle Times, the Orange County Register and his college paper, the Daily Californian. He started in June 2014.

  • George Skelton

    George Skelton

    George has covered government and politics for more than 50 years and for The Times since 1974 and writes the Capitol Journal column from Sacramento.

  • Jazmine Ulloa

    Jazmine Ulloa

    Jazmine joined the times in June 2016 to cover state politics and policy from Sacramento. A native of El Paso, she covered state and federal courts for the Austin American-Statesman in the Texas capital. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

  • Julie Westfall

    Julie Westfall

    Julie is the Deputy Politics Editor. She took the role in July 2016 after serving as editor of the Real-Time News Desk. Previously, she worked at Digital First Media, NPR-affiliate KPCC and She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Phil Willon

    Phil Willon

    Phil covers California politics from the bureau in Sacramento. Before heading north, he roamed Southern California's mountains and deserts as the paper's state correspondent in the Inland Empire. He also has covered the Los Angeles mayor.

  • Sarah D. Wire

    Sarah D. Wire

    Sarah came to The Times in 2015 to write about California's 55-member congressional delegation after covering politics in Washington for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

  • Allison Wisk

    Allison Wisk

    Allison is the California politics editor. She came to The Times in March 2016 after 10 years at the Dallas Morning News, most recently as deputy political editor. A native of Dallas, Wisk attended the New School in New York and has a J.D. from Texas A&M University School of Law.

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