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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

2 Anaheim students arrested after threatening school violence

Anaheim police arrested two 16-year-old Savanna High School students before classes began Thursday morning for making threats online targeting the school.

Amid calls for investigation, LA certifies Skid Row election outcome

The city’s governing body for neighborhood councils has certified the results of an April 6 election, rejecting the formation of a new council for Skid Row.

#NoneShallPasadena: Prepare for a traffic nightmare this weekend

The city expects coinciding events to attract tens of thousands to the area. The calendar includes two U2 concerts, a two-day NASA JPL open house and the final leg of a cycling tour.

Times Square bollards that stopped car were made in LA

Short security posts built by a L.A. company appear to have played a role in stopping a car involved in the deadly pedestrian crash in Times Square on Thursday afternoon.

Authorities seize 7,000 birds in LA County cockfighting raid

About 100 Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies conducted the raid on Monday in a remote area northwest of Los Angeles. The birds seized included roosters, hens and chicks.

LA leaders speak up about alleged torture, detention of gay men in Russia

Several Southern California politicians introduced a resolution denouncing human rights violations by the Chechen government.

Will Ferrell sings 'I Will Always Love You' at USC commencement

Ferrell’s wide-ranging, 30-minute speech at the school’s commencement retold his personal story from a post-grad slump to famous comedic actor, with plenty of jokes in between.

Endangered beach bird makes a comeback

Four nests of the endangered western snowy plover have been found on L.A.'s state beaches, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced this week.

'Once in a lifetime' super bloom appears near Glendora

This year's record-setting rainfall has led to the blooming of thousands of purple Brodiaea filifolia, which is the city flower of Glendora.

9 SoCal schools cash in on California's Scholar Dollars

The California state treasurer handed checks out to nine Southern California schools on Friday, providing funding for new extracurricular activities.

Skid Row election challenges upheld, investigation recommended

After a five-hour public forum held Wednesday night, a panel unanimously recommended the city either grant Skid Row its own neighborhood council or a hold a new election without online voting.

No-kill animal shelter goal reaffirmed by LA City Council

The council said it would work with the No-Kill Los Angeles coalition, rescue organizations and the public to develop a “comprehensive strategy” to meet its year-end goal.

LA Riots: Decades later, unemployment, poverty persist in South LA

There's been little economic improvement in the communities most affected by the L.A. Riots 25 years ago, according to a UCLA study released Thursday.

How Long Beach cut 21 percent of its homeless population in 2 years

The city released numbers from its bi-annual homeless count on Tuesday, saying its homeless population fell by nearly 500 people — from 2,345 in 2015 to 1,843.

1 dead in fiery wreck on Interstate 5 near LA's Griffith Park

Multiple trucks and vehicles collided in a deadly wreck on Interstate 5 north of downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday morning, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.