Maya Sugarman Photo/Video Journalist

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Maya Sugarman is a photo/video journalist for KPCC. She produces visual content for the radio, website, social media and KPCC's visuals blog, AudioVision.

Before joining KPCC, Maya was a staff photographer at the Antelope Valley Press in Palmdale. She has interned and freelanced at the Los Angeles Daily News, Orange Country Register, Santa Monica Daily Press, and East Bay Express. She is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was a senior staff photographer and photo editor at the Daily Bruin, and received a B.A. in art photography.

Her work has been recognized by Editor & Publisher, the Online News Association, Society of Professional Journalists, National Newspaper Association, Associated Collegiate Press, and California College Media Association.

Stories by Maya Sugarman

A lower water table could be harming desert ecosystems

Groundwater has been drawn upon heavily because of the drought. The Coachella Valley, which has been overdrawn for decades, could give a glimpse of the toll on deserts.

CatCon LA: 12 cat-related products you never knew existed

The first-ever CatConLA took place this weekend. Check out 12 cat-related products you never knew existed and see the characters of CatConLA.

GIFs: five types of jellyfish you can see at Aquarium of the Pacific

A new jellyfish exhibit opened last week at Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Here are GIFs of five types of jellies you can go see.

One of the world’s best card sharks is blind, too (Video)

Richard Turner is a world-renowned card shark who also happens to be completely blind. He performs all over the world, usually without audiences realizing he can’t see.

Portraits from DragCon, the first-ever drag convention

RuPaul's DragCon takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center this weekend. The two-day event is the first drag convention in history.

The 13 best Calif. native drought-tolerant plants for your garden

Looking to ditch your grass? Here are the best native California plants for your garden, which scientists say are better for native animals and birds than exotic imports.

Using Google Street View to save vulnerable pines

Google Trekker is the backpack version of Street View. It's been used to map out-of-the-way trails. Now it's being used to keep track of dying Bishop pines.

We solve the mystery of Rose Hills Cemetery's giant neon sign

Even Rose Hills' PR man didn't know who made the 20-foot-tall East L.A. landmark that stands guardian over thousands of graves.

LA's Federal Reserve is burning money ... literally

In 2011, the Federal Reserve looked for ways to recycle worn out currency. In L.A., that's meant burning. Now, that money produces enough electricity to power 100 homes.

#KPCClove: To our listeners, thanks for keepin' it real

It's cool. We know those passionate comments come from the heart.

Neon Retro Arcade rebuilds ancient '80s video games

At Neon Retro Arcade in Old Town Pasadena, Centipede, Gravitar, and Joust are seen as cultural artifacts. Frustratingly hard cultural artifacts.

Burbank's WET made the Bellagio Fountains and other water artworks you love

The basic idea: instead of water running over a sculpture, the water is the sculpture. And thanks to pumps, nozzles, lights and computers, WET can make water do pretty much anything.

First look inside North Hollywood's restored Idle Hour Cafe

Roll out the barrel — more than 30 years after it closed, the historic, barrel-shaped Idle Hour Cafe in North Hollywood is set to reopen in mid-February.

Norms faces demolition threat; city considers landmark status

The Cultural Heritage Commission agreed Thursday to consider landmark status for a Norms coffee shop that represents the "Googie" modern architecture of the 1950s.

First Person: Bill Brown's 32-year love affair with dance

Brown teaches everything from jazz dance to ballet. His studio also hosts fencing and Ashtanga yoga. Some of the students are octogenarians.