Robin Abcarian

Robin Abcarian is a columnist at the Los Angeles Times. Focusing mostly on California culture, news and politics, she roams the Golden State, reporting stories that help readers understand what makes this place unique. She often writes about hot-button social issues, like abortion and sexual harassment. She frequently dips into national politics, having covered the 2004, 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns full time, and the 2016 campaign occasionally. Abcarian has held many positions at The Times. As a culture writer for the paper’s Calendar section, she has covered the Oscars, the Emmys and the Sundance Film Festival. For most of the 1990s, she was a columnist for The Times’ feature section, before becoming its editor in 2003.
A Bali vacation sounds magical — and it is when you help keep the island beautiful

New wealth has meant that Bali’s roadways are overrun by motorbikes, and its waterways and rice paddies are choking on trash that has turned this once pristine island into a cautionary tale about the perils of plastic and consumption in an agrarian society ill-equipped for the challenge.

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A lesson in passion and compassion from teachers on a Venice picket line

On the third day of the L.A. teachers' strike, it was a high-spirited rally at Westminster Elementary, where staff form "a strong, close-knit community" and most children qualify for free meals.