Former Mexico City correspondent Richard Fausset left the Los Angeles Times in 2014. He has been a community news reporter on the Westside and in South Los Angeles, a Metro section reporter covering crime, politics and features, and a national correspondent based in Atlanta. Before joining The Times in 1999, he was editor of Flagpole, the weekly newspaper in Athens, Ga. Fausset holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
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