Seema Mehta


Staff Writer,  Los Angeles Times

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Seema Mehta is a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, where she covered the 2008, 2012 and 2016 presidential elections, as well as numerous congressional, state and local elections. She has also covered K-12 education, the environment, city and county government. Mehta contributed to the Times’ coverage of devastating wildfires that won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting, and later, as an education reporter, won awards for a series about school leaders inaccurately reporting class sizes to qualify for funding set aside for poor students. After Mehta began covering politics, she was named one of the top state political reporters in the nation by The Washington Post. Mehta earned a bachelor's degree in newspaper journalism and policy studies from Syracuse University in 1998, and returned to the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse as an alumna-in-residence in the spring of 2018.