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Matt Bloom is an Apprentice News Clerk for KPCC's digital team.

Prior to that, Matt worked as a 2016 summer intern at KPCC, where he reported breaking news and feature stories. When he was NPR’s National Desk intern, he helped produce the pilot episode of "Embedded," a podcast hosted by Kelly McEvers where reporters take a story from the headlines and “go deep.”

His favorite reporting memories include jumping on the back of a stranger’s motorcycle in Uganda, publishing an article that led to the revision of Indiana University’s preferred name policy for transgender students, and being told by a school president, “I don’t have time for you” six consecutive times at a football game.

Stories by Matt Bloom

NASA wants to battle SoCal wildfires by predicting where they start

A new system measuring soil moisture with satellites is meant to help fire officials deploy resources more strategically.

What Juno found on Jupiter

A year after the satellite entered Jupiter's orbit, new questions rise about the planet's evolution and composition.

Battle of the bugs: Can this parasitic wasp beat a tree-killing beetle?

During a trip to Taiwan last month to study the borer's native habitat, the team of scientists observed the new wasp species that preys on the beetles to reproduce.

A fungus is killing a quarter of LA County’s ficus trees

Officials fear the deadly fungus called botryosphaeria could spread quickly, imperiling an iconic shade tree. Look no further than downtown L.A.

As NASA’s Kepler mission nears end, scientists make planet data public

In 2009, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory built a space telescope with the mission to find planets outside of our own solar system. Eight years later, it’s done just that.

How to protect yourself from SoCal's killer bees

A non-fatal attack in Huntington Beach over the weekend coincides with a jump in SoCal’s bee population. Heavy winter rains and the wildflower super blooms have likely fueled an increase in their numbers.

Teen LAPD cadets allegedly stole patrol cars, impersonated officers

Three teen LAPD cadets were arrested Wednesday night after allegedly stealing three patrol cars from their own department, LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday afternoon.

This woman makes life in SoCal easier for refugees

Miry’s List, a nonprofit that delivers supplies and social support to recently arrived families from the Middle East, was honored by the LA City Council.

Why the LA River is getting a new $19 million bridge

The plan for a pedestrian walkway connecting Elysian Valley to Taylor Yard has been in the works for more than two decades.

LA, Long Beach set new zero emissions targets for ports

The plan includes switching to zero-emissions terminal equipment by 2030 and zero-emissions trucks by 2035.

How 'The Twilight Zone' taught one critic everything he needed to know about life

If you were in William Shatner's place, and nobody else saw the gremlin on the wing, would you start to question your sanity? One Ohio TV critic says you better not.

He spent 20 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. Now he's running for office.

Franky Carrillo of Lynwood aims to fill the seat formerly occupied by Jimmy Gomez, who was elected Tuesday to Xavier Becerra's former congressional post.

Under 24? LA County wants to help you get a summer job

L.A. County officials have launched a program to give jobs to youth and young adults. It's called Youth@Work and is aimed at connecting 14-to-24-year-olds to jobs.

Jordan Downs construction begins despite soil concerns

The $1 billion redevelopment project aimed at turning the Watts housing project into a national model for public housing broke ground on Monday.

We fact-check Dana Rohrabacher and Tom Steyer's climate claims

KPCC interviewed Rep. Dana Rohrabacher and businessman Tom Steyer about President Trump's decision to leave the Paris climate agreement. Here's an annotated transcript.