I’m a staff writer at The Los Angeles Times covering the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department. Most recently, I was a reporter at The Advocate, Louisiana’s largest daily newspaper, based at its headquarters in Baton Rouge. There, I was part of a three-person team that won an Investigative Reporters and Editors award for our investigation of the warden of Angola Prison; he resigned after our stories ran and our work spurred criminal investigations into prison officials. I’d come from The Shreveport Times, where I also covered criminal justice and public safety.
Before that, I was a news assistant and blog editor at The New York Times Magazine in New York. And prior to that, I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the West African country of Senegal; my writing from there was featured at The Huffington Post. I graduated from Vassar College and am originally from San Diego.
I’m always looking for story ideas. Please drop me a line.
Contact: lau.maya (at) gmail.com or maya.lau (at) latimes.com
Snail mail: Maya Lau, News – 3rd Fl., Los Angeles Times, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90026
Other contact methods coming soon.