Lila Seidman is a reporter for the Los Angeles Times’ yearlong initiative exploring various facets of mental health. The project will marry her graduate work in clinical psychology and more than 10 years of journalism experience. Since joining The Times in 2020, Seidman has served on the breaking news and utility desks, where’s she written about Indigenous communities, wildfires threatening giant trees and fishing the L.A. River. Previously, she covered City Hall for Glendale News-Press, then part of Times Community News.
A native Angeleno, Seidman cut her teeth as a freelancer at L.A. Weekly, Patch and other local outlets. She’s reported for a variety of publications, including the Daily Journal, a statewide legal publication, and the UB Post, an English-language newspaper in Mongolia, and her work has appeared in Gawker and Vice. She briefly deflected from the sun and smog of L.A. to attend Reed College in Portland, Ore., where she earned a degree in Russian and psychology. She’s working toward a master’s degree in clinical psychology at Pepperdine University, with plans to become a licensed marriage and family therapist.
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