KCET. Since January 2011 I have written about Los Angeles history for KCET’s SoCal Focus blog. Written on behalf of L.A. as Subject, the posts usually take the form of photo essays that feature images from the region’s rich photographic archives. Past posts have looked at when L.A. was mostly open countryside, the first photograph of Los Angeles, the Santa Ana winds, and a health guru who helped Los Angeles discover its love of hiking.
Southland (Gizmodo). Launched in November 2013, Southland explores themes of urbanism in the greater Los Angeles area through the lens of the city’s history. Southland is made possible by a content partnership among Gizmodo, the USC Libraries, and the extraordinary collections of L.A. as Subject. My first Southland posts investigated L.A.’s lost landscape of oil extraction and the erasure of entire hills from the city’s urban core.
Los Angeles magazine. I wrote weekly for the magazine’s City Think blog from December 2012 to July 2014. Shorter and more narrowly focused than my KCET contributions, these blog posts explored a particular place, person, or event through the lens of L.A. as Subject member collections. These posts have covered L.A.’s first Fourth of July, the history of turning left in L.A, the city’s oldest palm tree, snowstorms in this famously sunny city, the test drive of L.A.’s first automobile, and a daring rescue on the flooded Los Angeles River.