Annabelle Sosa returns to the Los Angeles Times as its first fellow in California local news

Press release | Los Angeles Times

The following announcement was sent on behalf of Assistant Managing Editor Angel Jennings and Sacramento Bureau Chief Laurel Rosenhall:

We’re excited to announce Annabelle Sosa’s return to the Los Angeles Times as a senior associate for local news in California. She joins the Sacramento office covering state politics and policy.

This is Sosa’s second stint covering the Statehouse. As a summer intern in 2022, she reported on labor shortages hitting local swimming pools and a state law that would allow “human composting” of the deceased. She has also written stories that humanize bills to seal criminal records for non-repeat offenders and those who received harsher sentences due to tough crime laws.

“I strive to tell stories about the ways politics and government profoundly shape our livelihoods,” Sosa said. “I have always been drawn to institutions working in the United States and abroad, and I am humbled to be able to write about some of these fundamental issues.”

Sosa grew up in her parents’ restaurants in New York City, where she interacted with people from all walks of life who traveled from as far away as her father’s native Argentina to try milanesa and chimichurri. Her passion for storytelling began while working as a video editor for a private investigator. There, she helped collect visual testimonies from individuals from underserved communities who were facing criminal charges. She later went on to cover the courts and cops from her hometown.

Sosa earned a degree in political science from the University of Vermont and recently graduated with a master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where she specialized in investigative and narrative journalism. At the Berkeley Human Rights Center, she worked on open source investigations, including stories on misinformation about birth control and deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. Her work has appeared in CalMatters, Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, the New York Post, and the New York Times. When she’s not working, she’s cooking new recipes and hanging out with friends. It started on Monday.

The California Local News Fellows Program is a multi-year, state-funded initiative to support and enhance local news reporting in California, with a focus on underserved communities. Each year, the program places up to 40 early-career journalism fellows in newsrooms across the state for two-year full-time reporting positions. This program was created to directly address the crisis in local news across the country.

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