Catherine Saillant

Catherine Saillant is a former reporter for the Los Angeles Times. A Los Angeles native, she ran away to the suburban comfort of Ventura County for 25 years. She’s back now, living in the downtown area. Saillant favors Ann Taylor and wears sensible shoes but she’s also been to Burning Man three times.
Behind the story: Winning the trust of a traumatized family

She wanted to tell the story of Lauren Cantin and her mother, who lost everything in the Montecito mudslides. How could she win their trust?

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She was buried in a mudslide that killed her father and brother. Singing has been her salvation

A 15-year-old girl who survived the devastating mudslides in Montecito finds solace in music as she and her mother grieve the deaths of her father and brother.