I am a multimedia reporter based in Los Angeles with expertise in state and local politics, housing, education, and more

I currently cover California politics and 2024 election for the LA Daily News / Southern California News Group. I recently published an award-winning four-part investigation on fentanyl addiction in partnership with the USC Center for Health Journalism.

Storytelling is my MO and no matter what topic I am covering I always make sure to connect it to the human impact. I have experience with breaking news coverage, deep dive investigative work. I have appeared live on CBS News, BBC News, Sky News, NPR and more. 

BBC News interview on UCLA Palestine protests and arrests

I completed a live interview with BBC News, just hours after police arrested over 200 protesters at UCLA's "Palestine Solidarity Encampment." During the clip, I explain the escalating tensions and violence on campus in the lead up to the arrests as well as what might come next for the student protest movement.

CBS interview on fentanyl investigation

A marketplace for shoplifted goods, a high concentration of drug dealers and a general tolerance for open air drug use have put MacArthur Park at the epicenter of LA's fentanyl epidemic.

I spent five months investigating this deadly crisis and shared my findings on CBS News Los Angeles.

CBS Interview on primary elections

A day before the March 5 primary election, I joined the KCAL News team to preview some of the key LA area races during two live interviews. I discussed the races for US Senate, LA County District Attorney and LA City Council District 4 & 14 as well as expectations for voter turn out.

Recent articles

UCLA hoped to avoid police crackdown on protesters. What went wrong?

The Palestine Solidarity Encampment at UCLA ended in the precise manner university leaders initially sought to avoid — with a massive police force arresting more than 200 protesters in the dead of night.

When the encampment sprung up on Royce Quad last Thursday, April 25, the university envisioned a world in which students could peacefully display their message on the large green field while students shuttled to class nearby.

Instead, they faced a situation where protesters allegedly blocked s

UCLA pro-Palestinian encampment left in a rubble as students vow campus protests ‘are not over’

• None Crews clean up the encampment occupied by Palestinian supporters at UCLA on Thursday, May 2, 2024. At around 3:30am law enforcement began arresting the supporters who had been camped out on the quad in front of Royce Hall for about a week. 132 occupiers were taken into custody and clean-up of the area began immediately. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
• None Crews clean up the encampment occupied by Palestinian supporters at UCLA on Thursday, May 2, 2024. At around 3:

Senator Bernie Sanders joins striking workers at Hotel Figueroa in downtown L.A.

On Friday afternoon, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders joined striking hotel workers in downtown Los Angeles to demand the Hotel Figueroa, and hotels across Southern California, provide better pay and working conditions.

“The message from today is we are sick and tired of the greed from corporate America,” said Sanders. “Workers deserve a decent life and this union deserves a decent contract.”

The rally on April 5 was organized by labor union Unite Here Local 11, which is leading the largest hotel w

In LA, Gov. Newsom celebrates narrow win for Prop. 1 mental health measure

Gov. Gavin Newsom celebrated the passage of Prop. 1 at a Downtown L.A. press conference on Thursday, March 21, after tense weeks during which his $6.4 billion mental-health bond measure teetered dangerously close to failure.

Having narrowly escaped political disaster, Newsom was thrilled with his narrow victory.

“I’ve never been associated with something I’m more proud of” Newsom said, adding that now is the time to deliver on his vision to fix the broken mental health system and get people of

Biden announces $1.2 billion of student debt relief in Culver City speech

More than 153,000 student loan borrowers will soon receive an exciting message in their inbox — an email from President Joe Biden informing them that they qualify for early loan forgiveness, the president announced at Culver City’s Julian Dixon Library on Wednesday, Feb. 21.

Biden’s latest executive action will provide an additional $1.2 billion in debt forgiveness to borrowers enrolled in his Saving on a Valuable Education (SAVE) repayment plan.

“This kind of relief can be life changing for i

Fentanyl addiction fuels underground shoplifting economy in LA’s MacArthur Park

For someone with no phone, no home, no job and no more possessions than can fit into a backpack, this is no easy task. So Elliot, like many others battling addiction, makes money for fentanyl by selling shoplifted goods to street vendors around MacArthur Park.

The Southern California News Group interviewed Elliot, dozens of other people who use fentanyl, business owners, residents, LAPD personnel, homeless outreach workers, and medical professionals over several months, discovering how the inte

My fight with fentanyl: Stories from 3 people battling addiction

They are among the many people bound by addiction to MacArthur Park, the sluggishly beating heart of Los Angeles’s fentanyl epidemic.

In any given week, hundreds of people come to the neighborhood to purchase and use fentanyl, a synthetic opioid responsible for 1,504 fatal overdoses in Los Angeles County in 2021, according to the most-recent available data from the county’s Department of Public Health.

For every person killed by fentanyl, many more are living with it. And those who are addicte

In LA’s fentanyl epidemic, MacArthur Park community bears the heavy burden

A local shopkeeper hoses down his front stoop, washing away the layer of debris that accumulated overnight.

As water strikes the already hot asphalt, steam rises and mingles with clouds of smoke coming from a group of people slumped on Alvarado Street. A mother shuttles her two young children past the huddle, weaving through dozens of vendors to reach the playground.

The majority Latino, working-class community has adapted to life around one of the largest fentanyl markets in Los Angeles — but

How can LA combat its fentanyl crisis? MacArthur Park offers clues

People pass out with a burned piece of tin foil in one hand and a butane torch lighter in the other. Those who are awake often hunch over to cope with the bone-deep aches of withdrawals.

But a closer look also shows seeds of hope.

There are grassroots efforts working to connect people who use fentanyl with help. There’s a passionate young councilmember trying to launch an overdose prevention team and a harm reduction center offering resources to people who use drugs. There are public health pr

‘Devastating’: Mayor Bass, other leaders, react to MacArthur Park fentanyl crisis

Los Angeles city leaders say they will tackle a fentanyl addiction crisis that is consuming L.A.’s MacArthur Park, which has become a hub for fentanyl sales and consumption in the midst of the heavily Latino working-class neighborhood of Westlake.

The neighborhood is facing devastating consequences for people who use the synthetic opioid and the community forced to adapt to life around it.

Mom and pop shopkeepers suffer from a spike in shoplifting fueled in part by people seeking money to buy

Long waits and hallway beds, as crowded ERs struggle to meet patient demand

Born with only half a heart, Marissa Long has spent three decades accessing lifesaving medical care at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, but her most recent visits to the ER have been nothing short of a nightmare.

During two separate visits in February, Long spent several days living in a hallway as she sought emergency treatment for rejection of her heart transplant.

One night she was placed in a bed next to the ambulance entry doors where paramedics constantly rushed in and she was unable t

School community rejoices as LAUSD, union leaders reach historic deal

The Los Angeles Unified School District finally hammered out a deal with labor leaders on Friday, March 4, after a sprawling three-day strike that shut down America’s second-largest school system and disrupted learning for 420,000 students.

The deal was brokered between the district and SEIU Local 99 — the union representing 30,000 bus drivers, custodians, instructional aides, cafeteria workers and special education assistants — with help from Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass.

According to the sch

There’s a dire need for male teachers of color. These men are stepping up

Latino males make up less than 6% of California’s public school teachers and Black males make up around 1% — two shockingly low statistics that have prompted a slew of new initiatives to bring more men of color into the classroom.

“There’s just simply not enough educated, Black or Brown men contributing to education,” said Joshua Shuford, a substitute teacher in the Rialto Unified School District. “Us teachers are taking back the power of freedom, unity and equality, from a system that’s not me

Meet the South LA couple building a literal village of Black male educators

For now it’s a grassy plot of land nestled on the border of the Pico Union and West Adams neighborhoods, but soon Dr. Peter and Dr. Didi Watts hope it will be the home for a new generation of Black male educators.

The leadership of these future teachers is sorely needed.

In California, Black boys have the lowest reading levels and highest rates of suspension of any demographic group, and Black students in general have the highest absenteeism rate. But, as soon as a Black teacher enters the cla

LA is losing the battle against mental illness among its homeless

Dr. Brian Benjamin, a psychiatrist specializing in serving the homeless, was excited to tell one of his regular clients that a shelter spot had opened up, but unfortunately there were 20 murders in that building every day and the Mafia lived there – or so the client told him.

The client, who Benjamin did not name to respect his privacy, suffered from hallucinations, delusions and paranoia as a result of schizophrenia.

“I do think there’s a lot of times where there’s a direct connection between

Monterey Park shooting victim Ming Wei Ma was ‘the heart’ of Star Ballroom Dance Studio

Ming Wei Ma, a dance instructor known as the heart and soul of Star Ballroom Dance Studio, was among the 11 killed in the Monterey Park mass shooting and died trying to protect others, according to friends and reports.

Friends said Ma, 72, was killed at the popular Garvey Avenue studio on Saturday night, Jan. 21, where he and a group of fellow dancers had gathered for a social event on the night of Lunar New Year, which drew thousands to the downtown area. Friends said Ma’s family in China was