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Oscar Garza is a News Editor at KPCC.

Oscar is formerly Senior Editor at Los Angeles Public Media, which was founded to develop younger and more diverse audiences for public radio. He was previously Senior Editor/Content at the Los Angeles Daily News, and Editor-in-Chief of Tu Ciudad, an English-language magazine about Latino life and culture in Southern California.

Garza held several senior editor positions at the Los Angeles Times, including Deputy Editor of the Sunday Magazine, Editor of the Daily Calendar section, and Arts Editor. Prior to that he was Arts Editor and a columnist at the San Antonio Light in his Texas hometown, and a producer at PBS stations in San Antonio and Sacramento.

Garza’s R&B fable, “Land of 1000 Dances,” was published in 2005 in the journal "Popular Music," by Cambridge University Press. He was also a co-writer of “By the Hand of the Father,” a theater production that toured throughout the U.S.

Garza is an occasional host for the Zócalo lecture series in Los Angeles, where he has conducted public interviews with Luis Valdez, Cheech Marin, Culture Clash, writer Larry Wilmore of “The Daily Show,” music producer Hal Willner, film director Carl Franklin, and musician Ceci Bastida.


Stories by Oscar Garza

Chris Strachwitz's musical taste is simple: 'No Mouse Music'

The producer's commitment to artists such as Clifton Chenier and Flaco Jimenez is chronicled in the documentary, "This Ain't No Mouse Music."

Ai Weiwei shaped his Alcatraz exhibition from a distance

The dissident Chinese artist is prevented from leaving his country, but that didn't stop him from creating a show at the former notorious prison.

Lois Smith has a memorable role in 'Marjorie Prime' at the Taper

After six decades of acting on stage, in films and television, the actress has the title role in the world premiere of Jordan Harrison's play.

Play the LA River: A year-long festival of creativity and discovery

A group of artists, designers, scientists and urban planners conceived the event to encourage citizens to explore the waterway, which is targeted for revitalization.

'The Tempest' gets Dust Bowl treatment by Teller and Tom Waits

The quieter half of Penn & Teller co-directs a novel Shakespeare staging with Aaron Posner at South Coast Repertory, featuring music by Waits and Kathleen Brennan.

Election 2014: California's primary held secondary interest for most voters

The paltry turnout resulted in runoffs that will include Jim McDonnell vs. Paul Tanaka for L.A. County Sheriff; Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver for L.A. County Supervisor; and Elan Carr against Ted Lieu for Congress.

Election 2014: Brown, Kashkari to face off in November (updated)

Gov. Jerry Brown has easily advanced to the general election, setting up a historic bid for his fourth term as Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Kamala Harris also win.

Election 2014: Incumbents show strength amid tight US House returns

Early primary election returns Tuesday showed tight races for U.S. House seats from San Diego to Sacramento, though incumbents were showing strength.

Election 2014: LA County sheriff, supervisor races headed to runoff

Jim McDonnell and Paul Tanaka will square off in the contest for sheriff; Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver head for a showdown for a supervisor seat.

Alanis Morissette chimes in for Marianne Williamson

The pop singer writes and records a campaign song for the self-help spiritual author who's running for Henry Waxman's Congressional seat.

Live from Crawford Family Forum: Robert Hilburn on Johnny Cash

Robert Hilburn, the only music writer at the Folsom Prison concert, tells an audience at the Crawford Family Forum the real Johnny Cash story.

Another Democrat seeks to succeed Waxman — Matt Miller

Writer, radio host and former Clinton White House aide Matt Miller joins the crowded field for the West L.A. Congressional seat.

Which Californians made the White House State Dinner invite list?

There never seems to be any rhyme or reason for who gets the treasured invitation. But chances are you'll never see this group assembled again.

Shriver to announce election plans Tuesday morning

Former Santa Monica mayor Bobby Shriver will run for the LA County Board of Supervisors. His mother was a sister of President John F. Kennedy.

As Baca withdraws, his possible successors line up

With the L.A. County Sheriff's sudden decision to retire, declared candidates prep for the fight while others consider a run in the June primary.