Oscar Garza News Editor

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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

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.

Feinstein's amendment to reinstate assault weapons ban fails

The California senator's effort had not been expected to pass. She says she will "carry on this fight."

LA mayor's race: Kevin James endorses Eric Garcetti

James' support could help with conservative voters, particularly in the San Fernando Valley, but Garcetti reportedly won't get hoped-for backing from President Obama.

Beverly Center evacuated due to suspicious package in garage (Updated)

LAPD used a robot to detonate the package found inside a vehicle in the parking garage at the popular shopping mall.

At least two LA council races are headed for a runoff

The races to succeed Eric Garcetti and Jan Perry will be settled on May 21, but the fate of the District 1 contest won't be final until outstanding ballots are counted.

UPDATE: Dorner hostages come forward to recount ordeal (Map)

The owners of a Big Bear condominium complex entered one of the units late Tuesday morning and were confronted by the fugitive. They shared their story Wednesday night.

Wendy Greuel backs Richard Alarcon's foe in Assembly race

The City Controller endorsed Raul Bocanegra for the State Assembly's 39th District over her former LA City Council colleague

AEG exec to appear before city council committee

AEG president Tim Leiweke is expected to answer questions about how the company's pending sale might affect its proposal to build a downtown football stadium.

CA Democratic Party chairman mocks Chris Christie's weight

State Democratic Party Chairman John Burton hits back hard at what he says was California bashing at the Republican National Convention.

Gov. Brown comes to LA to announce pension bill

Gov. Jerry Brown is coming to L.A. Tuesday and he is expected to discuss a pension reform bill that will be introduced in Sacramento.

What the court's health care decision means for California

In the two years since Congress enacted the wide-ranging law, lawmakers in Sacramento have passed dozens of bills to give California a running start.