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Juila Wick
(Los Angeles Times)

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I’m Julia Wick, the author of the Essential California newsletter and a Metro reporter. I was born in L.A. and have spent the better part of my life studying, exploring and writing about the state.

I was previously the editor in chief of LAist and a senior editor at Longreads, and have written for the Atlantic, Monocle, CityLab and most of the local papers in L.A. County.