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Rina Palta reports on Southern California's social safety net for KPCC.

Her beat looks at what works and what doesn't about the systems designed to help people who fall into poverty, social welfare, public mental health systems, or criminal justice system — and help many get back on their feet.

Rina spent the past few years reporting on crime in Southern California. She came to L.A. from the Bay Area, where she launched the Informant, a digital collaboration between NPR and KALW. Her reporting there focused on California's prison, jails, and law enforcement agencies, and the effect of crime and the criminal justice system on communities.

Palta is a graduate of Haverford College and UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. In her spare time, she's a world-class eater and aspiring surfer.


Stories by Rina Palta

Thousands bid San Bernardino Deputy Jeremiah MacKay goodbye (photos)

Law enforcement officers from around California gathered in San Bernardino for MacKay's funeral, who died in a shootout with fugitive ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner.

LAPD Chief Beck remembers Dorner victims, defends use of 'hot gas'

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck backs tactics used to bring down ex-cop Christopher Dorner, and repeats his pledge to fully investigate the orginal Dorner case.

PDF: Search warrant shows how police linked Dorner to Irvine murders

Police in Irvine filed a warrant last week to search the house of the mother of alleged murderer and ex-LAPD cop Christopher Dorner. It clears up the manhunt's timeline.

Christopher Dorner's cause of death: A single gunshot to the head

The cause of death for alleged murderer and ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner was "a single gunshot wound to the head," Captain Kevin Lacy said.

UPDATE: San Bernardino Sheriff ID's slain deputy, says Dorner manhunt is over (Photos, Map)

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said in a Wednesday afternoon press conference that the hunt for Christopher Dorner is over.

Update: Officials find 'human remains' in burnt-out Big Bear cabin (photos, map)

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department say they have identified "charred human remains" amid the debris of the burned down cabin that was the scene of a fierce firefight earlier in the day.

LAPD manhunt: 50 officers still searching for Dorner in mountains

Christopher Dorner may be familiar with the Big Bear area in San Bernardino Co. Records show his mother owns a two-acre parcel of land there.

LAPD manhunt: Big Bear skiers take to slopes as search continues

Authorities have narrowed their search around Big Bear for ex-LAPD officer/murder suspect Christopher Dorner. Meanwhile, heavy snow is keeping a lot of skiers inside.

Baca picks longtime prison official to oversee county jails

If all goes according to plan, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department will announce a new assistant sheriff for custody next week.

Los Angeles gang at center of deputy murder trial

Jose Renteria has pleaded not-guilty to murder charges for allegedly providing the weapon used in L.A. County sheriff's deputy Juan Escalante's death.

Trial starts for man accused of murdering LA sheriff's deputy

Jose Renteria, one of six men accused in connection with a drive-by shooting that killed an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy, goes to trial Tuesday.

Demand for guns rose sharply in California in 2012

The demand for guns reached historic highs in California last year. Who's buying all these firearms and why?

Gun buyback in Compton Monday tribute to 'non-violence'

At Monday's "Gifts for Guns" event in Compton, L.A. County Sheriff's Deputies offered gift cards in exchange for rifles, handguns, and shotguns.

Big gaps in database for gun background checks

President Obama Wednesday suggested closing some of the gaps in a federal database used to check gun buyers for mental health issues that would prohibit them from owning a firearm.

Racist father, son get prison for attacking blacks in Azusa

More than 50 Azusa gang members were arrested in 2011 on charges they conspired to "cleanse" the city of black residents. All the defendants have been convicted.