This reporter has a gift for finding people. She’ll be the first to tell you there are no shortcuts.


Some reporters just seem to have a preternatural knack for finding people. Not just people, but the the most vivid, compelling subject to spring the story off the screen and into readers’ minds.

By all accounts, Brittny Mejia, a metro reporter for the Los Angeles Times, has that gift. Yet to hear her describe the countless hours she spends chasing down tips, knocking on doors and building trust is to understand that relentless reporting is at the heart of her method.

Mejia shared her strategies and stories-behind-the-story with fellow journalists in her keynote address earlier this week at the 2023 California Health Equity Fellowship in Los Angeles.

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