Kristen Lepore Digital Producer, Social Media

Kristen Lepore
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Kristen Lepore is KPCC's Digital Producer, Social Media.

Before joining KPCC, Kristen worked as a freelance reporter covering both local and global topics for the L.A. Times Community News and elsewhere. In 2012, she traveled to Northern Peru to cover sustainable health care for trade publications.

A Chicago native, Kristen spearheaded a social media department at a boutique PR firm in the Midwest before moving to L.A. in 2011 and working as a digital editor for the AOL start-up, South Pasadena Patch.

Kristen studied at the Imperial College London and has a journalism degree from the University of Missouri. Some of her first jobs included covering entertainment news for the Chicago's free daily newspaper, RedEye, and reporting local news for GateHouse Media.

Among other things, Kristen curates KPCC's weekend events roundup and is always eager to learn about new things to do around Southern California. Don't hesitate to drop her a line via email or Twitter with suggestions.

Stories by Kristen Lepore

Free weekend? There's a fest for that

Whether you want to celebrate your dog, your sexuality or your love of craft cocktails, Southern California is the place to be.

Free weekend? 9 fun and almost free things to do

Happy National Donut Day! How about free donuts, free music and free film? Here's everything you need to know.

As construction bounces back, skilled workers in high demand

After a long recession, California is hiring more construction workers than any other state. But in L.A., finding trained workers isn't always easy.

Tenants protest evictions in front of state housing chair's home

Protesters are upset California Housing Finance Chairman Matthew Jacobs is evicting 17 tenants to make way for taller condos.

Popularity of turf rebates brings crackdown on lawn fraud

You may be able to earn money from your water district for replacing your lawn with a drought-friendly yard. But first, you'll need to get that lawn approved.

Minimum wage hike could increase LA rents, economists say

Housing prices in L.A. are rising fast because the city isn’t building enough new units.

Business prepares for hit after Santa Monica's short-term rental ban

A week after the Santa Monica City Council passed tough regulations on short-term rentals, one business that works with these properties says it's preparing to take a hit.

How Santa Monica will enforce its Airbnb ban

City officials will hire three new employees to scan websites like Airbnb and drive neighborhoods to find unlawful short-term rentals. Fines will reach $500.

LA's construction spending highest in 3 decades

The city is seeing a boom in downtown high-rise projects and thousands of residential remodels. Construction is expected to grow through 2017.

Santa Monica unanimously passes Airbnb regulations

Residents who rent out their homes through sites like Airbnb protested the new ordinance, which prohibits them from sharing their place when they're not present.

Homeowners are staying put — even if they'd rather move

It’s the spring home buying season, and a seller's market. But California homeowners aren't putting their homes up for sale.

CAO report: Short-term rentals are not violating rent stabilization

The report, which council members will use to formulate future policies regarding sites like Airbnb and VRBO, found that there are about 4,500 short-term rentals throughout the city.

Santa Monica City Council says no to higher-rise buildings

This was a small victory for the 50 protesters who gathered outside City Hall prior to the meeting. They were all a part of the advocacy group Residocracy.

Downtown's Ace Hotel sells for $103M

Back in 2011 when Greenfield Partners bought the Ace Hotel, they paid just $11 million for it. It now has a trendy restaurant, rooftop bar and restored theater.

Free weekend? 9 fun and almost-free things to do

How about free music, bird watching over beer and a little help with your spring cleaning? Here's everything you need to know.