Melissa Hernandez is a reporter at the Los Angeles Times. She was born and raised in Miami and is a graduate of the University of Florida, where she studied journalism and environmental science. Hernandez was formerly an intern for The Times’ 2021 summer internship program, during which she covered general assignments on the Metro desk. Before arriving in California, she was an investigative/enterprise reporter for Fresh Take Florida, a news service offered by UF. Her previous work can be found in the Associated Press, U.S. News and World Report, Chicago Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle. Hernandez is a three-time Society of Professional Journalists award winner and her biggest passion is long-form investigative reporting. She’s an avid lover of golden retrievers and Rocky Road ice cream. Hernandez is a member of the 2021-22 Los Angeles Times Fellowship class.
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