Oscar Garza News Editor

Oscar Garza
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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

9 versions of 'Feliz Navidad' you never knew existed

KPCC news editor Oscar Garza may hate Jose Feliciano’s song, but he's found versions you never knew existed, from metal to reggae to "The Wiggles."

The fire still burns for Charlie Haden

The great jazz bassist, suffering from post-polio syndrome, shows his CalArts students and a packed audience that his spirit and talent are intact.

Sheriff's indictments: Can Baca survive latest challenge facing his department?

Critics blast the LA County sheriff, who is up for re-election next year. Meanwhile, the U.S. Attorney says his investigation is ongoing.

Fans, friends gather to remember Paul Walker at crash site

Actor Paul Walker, star of the "The Fast and the Furious" franchise, died in a violent car accident Saturday. The driver was a friend and fellow racing enthusiast.

A few suggestions for Mayor Garcetti's DJ stint

The mayor is doing a one-hour turn on a local station. We've got some ideas for a playlist and dedications.

Garcetti and DC delegation: No hard feelings? (photo)

L.A.'s mayor was the guest of honor at a D.C. reception attended by several SoCal members of Congress, including three who endorsed his opponent.

University of California: LA quake risk study isn't complete

Engineers at UC Berkeley and UCLA have been studying the risk of older concrete buildings in Los Angeles, but say they aren't assessing specific structures.

California has paid nothing for Public Records Act compliance

Though a court ruled in 2002 that the state is responsible for reimbursing local governments, payments have been delayed by a protracted process.

Timeline: Ron Calderon and the FBI investigation

On June 4, the FBI raided the offices of L.A. State Senator Ron Calderon. We look back at Calderon's past and his relationship with the Central Basin Water District— a public agency that is also under federal scrutiny.

Calderons have ties to local water district (Updated)

State Sen. Ron Calderon, the subject of an FBI investigation, has protected the Central Basin Municipal Water District, which paid his brother Tom as a consultant.

Exploring California statehouse gun legislation

California has some of the most stringent gun laws in the country, but this session of the Legislature has seen the introduction of numerous gun-related bills. Use this application to explore this bills by topic and more.

Telling details from LMU's election exit poll

Loyola Marymount University's Center for the Study of Los Angeles details how Eric Garcetti won the race to become LA's next mayor.

Exit polls shows Garcetti to be all things to -- almost -- all people

Explore some of the exit polling data from the mayor's runoff election that Loyola Marymount University's Center for the Study of Los Angeles gathered.

Garcetti proves there's no litmus test for Latinos

After facing barbs from Latino politicians who questioned his ethnic claims, the Mayor-elect reflects a new reality in Los Angeles.

Garcetti lead over Greuel narrows slightly

His advantage has shrunk by three points in the past month, but he still leads overall and among virtually every category of voters.