Jennifer Medina is a national correspondent for The New York Times based in Los Angeles. A native of Southern California, she has covered the region for years, focusing on immigration, education and poverty.
She has travelled all over the state examining how public policy impacts people's lives. She has reported on Disneyland employees living in their cars, immigration raids and the state's chronic public education problems. She has covered breaking news extensively, including several mass shootings, and is often called upon to find humanity amid tragedy.
Since joining The New York Times in 2002, she has also covered politics in New York and Connecticut and spent several years writing about New York City public schools. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in print journalism and political science. She speaks Spanish and Hebrew.