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Melissa Etehad

Los Angeles Times Metpro trainee Melissa Etehad is an Iranian American who enjoys writing about national and international issues. She received her master's in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor’s in international affairs from UC San Diego and has reported from the Middle East and Europe. She previously worked at Al Jazeera English and the Washington Post's foreign desk, where she covered the intersections of politics, religion and gender. She’s a native Farsi speaker. On her free time, you can probably find Melissa petting dogs and reading the news.
Thousands turn out for Women’s March across the country

Thousands turn out for Women's March in downtown Los Angeles

How did Costa Mesa waiter and 'Chubby' from Long Beach come to be accused of spying for Iran?

Despite their disarming appearance, U.S. authorities allege a Costa Mesa man who worked at a Persian restaurant in Santa Ana’s South Coast Plaza Village and a round-faced, bespectacled Long Beach native were operating in Orange County as agents of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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