Jaclyn Cosgrove is a reporter at the Los Angeles Times. They write about L.A. County government, focusing much attention on the county’s mental health treatment system. You can often find them feverishly taking notes at a Board of Supervisors or county commission meeting. Cosgrove also writes about disability services, the county library system, parks and recreation, or whatever story a county employee or local resident has tipped them off to. They recently led a yearlong initiative starting in 2022 that explored a variety of issues around mental health – medical, structural, personal, societal and definitional. Before joining The Times, Cosgrove worked at the Oklahoman, where they wrote extensively about the state’s mental health and substance use treatment system, or lack thereof. Cosgrove grew up in a small town near the Oklahoma State Penitentiary and became interested in the criminal legal system early in life. They are a proud graduate of Oklahoma State University (but disinterested in football) and have a master of legal studies degree from UCLA School of Law. In their free time, Cosgrove hikes with their dog, getting as far from civilization as possible (which is easier than one might expect in a county of 10 million people).
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