Riley Beggin

Digital News Clerk

Riley is a News Clerk for KPCC's digital team.

Prior to joining KPCC, she worked in ABC's Washington, D.C. bureau as a digital politics reporter. Before that, she was an intern with NPR's investigative unit, where she provided data analysis and research for investigations on the funeral industry, mobile home parks, prisons and more.

She got her start in public radio as a reporter and producer at mid-Missouri's NPR member station KBIA, where she produced a community storytelling show and reported an award-winning investigation into flawed water testing practices in St. Louis.

She has a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a MA from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is a native of the upper midwest, where she got frostbite on most of her toes and developed an affinity for deep fried cheese curds.

Stories by Riley Beggin

Jackson family turkey giveaway celebrates 35th anniversary

Thousands of turkeys will be given away at the annual giveaway Tuesday in South L.A., and a Thanksgiving dinner will be hosted for hungry locals Thursday at Peppertree Park in Tustin.

Record-breaking heat forecast for Thanksgiving week

Wednesday's high is forecast at 92 degrees, while Thanksgiving day is expected to top out at 90.

How to watch the Leonid meteor shower Friday night

NASA's Paul Chodas recommends getting away from the city to watch the showers around midnight. Settle in, look east and be patient for the streaks of light to appear.

Man convicted of first-degree murder in torture death of Palmdale 8-year-old

Isauro Aguirre is convicted of first-degree murder for killing Gabriel Fernandez, who died after being rushed to the hospital with burns, a broken skull and broken ribs on May 24, 2013.

Did firefighters suffer toxic exposure in the Wine Country Wildfires?

Researchers will take blood and urine samples from 200 firefighters to find out if they did.

Commute by cycle? Keep an eye out for free bike lights this winter

Operation Firefly aims to equip bicyclists throughout the city with lights during the winter season, where longer nights may mean more cycling in the dark.

Canyon Fires were caused by accidental shrub fire, wind-blown embers

Canyon Fire scorched more than 2,600 acres in late September, and Canyon Fire 2 consumed more than 9,000 acres in early October.

LAX shuttle now accepts TAP cards

Public transit aficionados can now use their TAP card or EZ Transit Pass to get to and from Los Angeles International Airport.

More than half of California Muslim students have been bullied for faith, report says

The findings come by way of a report released Monday by the California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, who surveyed more than 1,000 Muslim students across the state between the ages of 11 and 18.

Gary Sinise chosen as 2018 Rose Parade grand marshal

In thanking the Tournament of Roses for the grand marshal honor he recalled a famous line from "Forrest Gump," saying, "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get."

Wildomar Fire almost completely contained

A wildfire that was burning south of Lake Elsinore in steep, brushy terrain in the Cleveland National Forest has been nearly extinguished.

Brush fires flare up around Southern California as temperatures peak

A new fire sprung up on the 210, causing lanes in both directions to close. Another fire near the 118 was quashed earlier Tuesday.

Heat hacks: How to stay cool without air conditioning

A heat wave is hitting on Southern California. Find a cooling center near you and get tips for the air-conditionally challenged.

Attending Game 6 of the World Series? Here’s what you need to know

The Dodgers try to come back and beat the Houston Astros for the third time. Are you ready?

Ex-LA County Sheriff Baca to remain free on bail as he pursues appeal

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals approved Lee Baca's motion for bail, writing he is not likely to flee or to pose a danger.