Laurel Rosenhall is Sacramento bureau chief, overseeing The Times’ coverage of the California Capitol, state government and state politics. She joined the company in 2021 and spent a year as a member of the editorial board writing about California politics, policy and power. Before joining The Times, Rosenhall covered state politics for CalMatters and the Sacramento Bee. A lifelong Californian, she grew up in San Francisco and graduated from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
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