Brian De Los Santos Named Editor of LAist
Online News Division of Southern California Public Radio Continues to Add Voices to Newsroom to Further its Mission of Telling the Diverse Stories of Los Angeles
Pasadena, Calif. January 21, 2021 — Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) has announced that Brian De Los Santos will be the new editor of LAist (www.laist.com), effective January 11. The position will report to Megan Garvey, executive editor of LAist. The move completes a circle for De Los Santos, who began his journalism career as an intern for KPCC and SCPR in 2011, reporting for their community blogs.
Since that time, SCPR has acquired LAist and created a very strong local Los Angeles news presence, which Brain De Los Santos will now lead. Reporting with and for diverse communities of Los Angeles, which is a core mission of LAist, has always been a passion for De Los Santos.
De Los Santos has also held positions with KCRW, American Public Media and the Los Angeles Times, where he covered such events as the Oscars, the World Series, and the San Bernardino terrorist attack. Most recently De Los Santos led digital strategy for The Desert Sun. Projects he worked on there have earned Online Journalism Awards, CNPA awards, and others. He also managed The Desert Sun’s internship program, creating a pipeline of future local talent, and founding and launching Vamos Forward, the Latinx employee resource group for Gannett, the paper’s parent company.
“I’m humbled and honored to return to KPCC as LAist editor and contribute to its mission to engage Southern Californians in its coverage. Growing up in Los Angeles as an undocumented, queer immigrant, I had a keen interest on how media tells the story of our communities,” said De Los Santos. “Only local news can tap into Los Angeles with an introspective lens that truly listens to its audiences. As an Angeleno, I’m excited to return to the city and continue exploring journalism through diverse experiences that only L.A. can offer.”
Megan Garvey, Executive Editor of LAist added, "Brian brings to the job both a passion for local news and a love of L.A. We are all looking forward to his creativity and ideas as we continue to grow our LAist audience and make deeper connections with our readers."
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About Southern California Public Radio (SCPR)
Southern California Public Radio (https://scpr.org) is a member-supported public radio and multi-platform media network, home of flagship station 89.3 KPCC-FM and LAist (https://laist.com), a digital companion that combines in-depth local coverage with unique insights into life in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Reaching more than 900,000 listeners every week, SCPR is the most listened-to public radio news service in Southern California and is recognized nationally as a leader in public service journalism and civic engagement. The network’s five stations (89.3 KPCC-FM in Los Angeles and Orange County, 89.1 KUOR-FM in the Inland Empire, 90.3 KVLA-FM in the Coachella Valley, 89.9 FM in Santa Barbara, and 89.5 KJAI Ojai in Ventura County) serve the diverse communities of Southern California with award-winning local news coverage, the most NPR content available anywhere in the region, and signature public radio programs from APM, the BBC and PRI. KPCC has garnered more than 500 journalistic honors since 1999, more than all other radio stations in Los Angeles combined. LAist Studios (https://laiststudios.com), a brand extension of LAist, is a dedicated podcast development and production studio, furthering the organization’s commitment to premium on-demand audio storytelling with a uniquely Los Angeles point-of-view.
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