Erika D. Smith

Guest host; Columnist, LA Times

Guest/Host

Erika D. Smith is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times writing about the diversity of people and places across California. She joined The Times in 2018 as an assistant editor and helped expand coverage of the state’s housing and homelessness crisis. She previously worked at the Sacramento Bee, where she was a columnist and editorial board member covering housing, homelessness and social justice issues. Before the Bee, Smith wrote for the Indianapolis Star and Akron Beacon Journal. She is a recipient of the Sigma Delta Chi award for column writing, a graduate of Ohio University and a native of the long-suffering sports town of Cleveland.

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UCSB classes are just two weeks away , and students are using words like “desperate” and “abandoned” to describe their search for housing.

Van life for UCSB students, street medicine support, and beauty makeovers for unhoused Angelenos

UCSB classes are just two weeks away , and students are using words like “desperate” and “abandoned” to describe their search for housing.

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A multi-million dollar grant will expand Judy Baca’s iconic mural called “The Great Wall of Los Angeles” and invest in the area surrounding it.

‘Great Wall of LA’ expansion, jobs for incarcerated firefighters, OC COVID ‘gag order’

A multi-million dollar grant will expand Judy Baca’s iconic mural called “The Great Wall of Los Angeles” and invest in the area surrounding it.

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Some people view Johnson & Johnson as a “second class shot" due to its comparatively lower efficacy rating, reports LA Times columnist Erika Smith.

Why the Johnson and Johnson vaccine shouldn’t be viewed as second class

Some people view Johnson & Johnson as a “second class shot" due to its comparatively lower efficacy rating, reports LA Times columnist Erika Smith.

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