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Meghan McCarty covers commuting and mobility issues for KPCC. Got a gripe about gridlock or public transit? She’d love to hear from you.

She gets to work in a car - for now – but occasionally jumps on the Metro and walks as often as she can. She's looking for advice to become a more intrepid biker.

Meghan has been with KPCC since 2010, when she was hired as an Associate Producer for The Madeleine Brand Show, where she created her signature Weekend Alibi datebook feature. She went on to report, produce and edit for Take Two Show, KPCC's award-winning morning newsmagazine.

Meghan has contributed to public media outlets up and down California, from KQED in San Francisco and KVIE in Sacramento to KCET TV in L.A. She has reported abroad from South Africa, Germany, India, Israel and the West Bank.

Meghan got her Masters from USC's Annenberg School of Journalism and her B.A. in English from UCLA, but she is not torn when it comes to rooting for sports teams (it would be impolitic to reveal her allegiance).

Meghan would love to hear from you. Send her story ideas, grumbles and comments at memccarty [at]

Stories by Meghan McCarty

We Made Al Care! The evolution of one voter

Voter turnout in LA is among the worst in the state. So we chose one person who doesn't usually vote and we tried to #MakeAlCare. This is his journey.

#MakeAlCare: It's Election Day in LA County, and Al has voted!

As voters go the polls today, Al Gordon shows that he really cares: He voted! Follow KPCC reporter Meghan McCarty and Al to the polls.

#MakeAlCare: Al holds election open house at his restaurant

We've been trying to #MakeAlCare about the elections. We succeeded so well he's taking up the fight - holding an open house for candidates and neighbors.

#MakeAlCare: Al goes to the candidates' forum (Election 2015)

Al Gordon — our typical non-voting Angeleno — has begun to care deeply about the issues that affect his life and business. And now the candidates are hearing him, too.

#MakeAlCare: Al has no time for City Hall; an expert tries to help

We take on low voter turnout by focusing on one non-voter. But before we can #MakeAlCare about voting, we have to figure out what Al cares about in his neighborhood.

#MakeAlCare: Taking on voter apathy one person at a time (Election 2015)

Voter turnout in Los Angeles is the lowest in the state. It got us thinking: Can we get one person fired up enough to vote on March 3? Meet Al.

Manny Pacquiao on life, love songs and Mayweather fight

Champion boxer Manny Pacquiao is the subject of a new documentary, released amid speculation over a possible matchup of Pacquiao with Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Thousands of youth soccer players hit SoCal for AYSO National Games

This week about 7,000 young soccer players from around the country are gathered in Southern California for the AYSO National Games.

'Life Itself' documentary a fitting cinematic tribute to Roger Ebert

The new documentary, "Life Itself," follows the life and death of legendary film critic, Roger Ebert.

'Metastasis': The Spanish-language 'Breaking Bad' gets cooking

A Spanish language version of the hit AMC TV series, "Breaking Bad" has begun airing on Univision station Unimas. But as the Royale with Cheese is to the Quarter Pounder, there are some little differences.

Triple digit heat expected in Southern California

A heat wave is expected to strike Southern California this week with temperatures topping 100 degrees in Los Angeles by Wednesday.

JPL uses GPS data to track Sierra snowpack

Scientists have found one more tool to help monitor water in California. They’re using GPS to measure the weight of the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Can you tell fake laughter from real? Take this audio quiz

A UCLA researchers played these samples of both for test subjects and discovered that we're fooled only part of the time. How do you score?

Fukushima radiation not detected in kelp beds yet

A project to monitor radiation levels from the Fukushima nuclear leak in kelp beds on the West Coast has found no contamination in its initial testing.

Tequila to lose weight? Agave sugars found to help diabetes

A form of sugar made from the plant used to make tequila could help people lose weight and manage diabetes, according to new research.