Rina Palta

Correspondent, Investigations

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Rina Palta is a correspondent on KPCC's investigative team.

Prior to that, Rina covered California's social safety net for the station, with a particular focuses on homelessness. She's also served as a news editor for the station and 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

Dodger Stadium beating suspects ordered to stand trial

Both suspects in the Bryan Stow case have been ordered to stand trial for assault and battery in the beating of San Francisco Giants fan Stow at Dodger Stadium.

Bryan Stow case: Defendant aggressive if drunk, sister says

Dorene Sanchez testified in the hearing that will decide whether her brother, Louie Sanchez, and her fiancé, Marvin Norwood, will face trial for assault and mayhem.

Witness IDs Bryan Stow beating suspects from the stand

This morning, the court heard testimony from Mary Dolores Donley, who said she was parked near the spot where Bryan Stow fell to the ground.

PEW: Long prison terms not worth the money

On Wednesday, the PEW Center on the States released a study centered around a surprising fact: states now spend $51 billion a year on corrections.

Bryan Stow's friend testifies about day of beating

Corey Maciel paused to collect himself while testifying in the preliminary hearing that will determine whether there’s enough evidence to send suspects to trial.

Police asking for help finding killer of Watts child

Angel Cortez was fatally shot while in his father's arms Monday night, near the corner of 105th and Hickory Streets in South Los Angeles.

City Council revokes permit for Skid Row hotel

The Los Angeles City Council revoked the operating permit for the Travelers Hotel. Meanwhile, the property's owners and operators vowed to sue the city.

Skid Row hotel faces shutdown over prostitution, drug claims

The Travelers has been the “ugliest wart” in a neighborhood full of warts for decades. Now it faces shutdown.

Senate votes down lower drug possession penalties

The vote wasn't very close: 24 against, 11 in favor of reducing possession of small amounts of illegal drugs from a felony to a misdemeanor.

California sued over prison isolation cells

The Center for Constitutional Rights filed suit in federal court Thursday on behalf of inmates in California's most isolated, restrictive prison cells.

Federal control of prison health care will not end this year

Judge Thelton Henderson released an order Wednesday regarding California's plan for getting its prison medical system out from under federal receivership.

Exonerated of rape charges, Brian Banks to try out for NFL

Brian Banks was a star middle linebacker for Long Beach Polytechnic before a rape accusation sent him to prison for over five years.

Report: Gangs turning to child prostitution for income

To most, street gangs are synonymous with the drug trade, but a new report finds they're increasingly turning to juvenile prostitution for income.

Sex offender found dead in LA prison cell

Tuesday's death is at least the third such apparent homicide of a sex offender in a California prison this month and at least the sixth this year.

Packing a punch: The difference between assault and battery

According to Loyola Law Professor Stan Goldman, the choice generally comes down to how much damage was done and how much damage could have been done.