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Steve Lopez instructing during a class session with students.

I did it because as someone who writes frequently about education, it couldn’t hurt to do a little honest homework. And I did it because I’m a graduate of the Cal State.

Steve Lopez during a class session with students

… I may have helped them find ways to shape stories, they were teaching me things about the city I cover.

Steve Lopez is a California native who has been a Los Angeles Times columnist since 2001. He has won more than a dozen national journalism awards for his reporting and column writing, and was a 2011 Pulitzer finalist for his columns on elder care. He is the author of three novels and a non-fiction work called The Soloist, which was a Los Angeles Times and New York Times best seller, winner of the PEN USA Literary Award for Non-Fiction, and the subject of a movie by the same name.