Rina Palta


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Rina Palta is a Correspondent for KPCC, covering Southern California's social safety net.

Prior to that, Rina was a news editor for the station. She also covered crime and public safety as a reporter, looking at 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 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

Watts housing project has first homicide in almost two years

Early Sunday morning, a man was fatally shot outside Imperial Courts — the first person killed there since August, 2011.

Photos: CicLAvia rolls past Wilshire Boulevard's iconic architecture

Bikers, skateboarders, and pedestrians zoomed and meandered down Wilshire Blvd. Sunday, the first CicLAvia event through the city's art deco center.

LAPD increases Hollywood patrols following fatal stabbing

LAPD has placed additional patrol units on Hollywood Boulevard while the city decides how best to increase police presence in the neighborhood.

Tow truck driver in fatal downtown crash had no permit

The driver of a tow truck that collided with a bus in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday morning, killing the Metro driver, was not legally permitted to operate in the state.

FBI to track religious hate crimes against Sikhs, Arabs, others

The FBI keeps statistics on crime in the US, including hate crime. But many religions are excluded, including those who've been increasingly targeted since 9/11.

Shooting victims honored at Santa Monica College graduation (photos)

Santa Monica College held its graduation ceremony Tuesday night, just four days after a bloody shooting spree that killed five people ended at the school’s library.

Some foster children wait too long for placements

The L.A. Board of Supervisors is expected to take up a proposal Tuesday that could cut down on wait times for foster kids awaiting placement.

Santa Monica shooting: 4 victims and 1 suspect dead, gunman acted alone (updated)

Police said Friday night four people died in a shooting rampage that started at a small home in Santa Monica and spilled onto the campus of Santa Monica College, where police exchanged gunfire with the suspected gunman, who died in the library. Earlier they said six were dead.

FAA offers suggestions, but no regs, to reduce L.A. copter noise

A report by the Federal Aviation Administration provides suggestions for reducing helicopter noise in L.A. County. One Congressman says he wants to see more done.

Kern County video latest in evolving relationship between the police, public

David Sal Silva died after an encounter with law enforcement officers in Bakersfield. Deputies later seized cell phones from witnesses. It is the latest episode law enforcement being filmed by the public. Experts say it's changing the nature of the relationship.

Teenager faces 90 years in prison for baby's murder

The gang member may have mistaken Mauro Cortez, the baby's father, for a rival gang member when he rode up on his bike, and opened fire.

UPDATE: LA County to look into adding treatment facility to jail

On Tuesday, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted to research turning a part of the jail into a treatment facility for mental health and substance abuse issues.

Fire official, reality star pleads not guilty to arson

Compton's Deputy Fire Chief Marcel Melanson pled not guilty to arson, grand theft, and embezzlement charges Friday in a Los Angeles Superior Court.

UPDATE: Last of LAPD consent decree officially dismissed

A federal judge has formally dismissed the final remnants of the LAPD's decade-long consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice. As city leaders celebrated, community leaders said they will keep an eye on the department.

UPDATE: Student in custody in Santa Monica, East LA college threats

Police are holding a suspect for questioning after an anonymous threat shut down local schools and sent parents and the news media into a panic Thursday.