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

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.

5 arrested in Nordstrom Rack robbery and hostage assault

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck announced arrests in connection with the takeover of a Nordstrom Rack store in Westchester last week where one woman was sexually assaulted.

Do gun restrictions work? LA's sheriff weighs in

L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca says gun laws may not be perfect, but he adds that laws dictate behavior and California's gun laws have made us safer.

LA's crime capital reputation starting to wane

L.A. County's reputation as a crime capital is beginning to wane. Sheriff Lee Baca released statistics that indicate declines in crime - including in Compton.

Victor McClinton murder generates realignment controversy

McClinton's death has become one of several local crimes that's generated questions about California's prison realignment program.

Murders, serious crime drop significantly 2005-'12; LAPD credits more cops

L.A. officials say the city's historic crime drop results in part from a bigger, more effective police department, compared with 2005.

New legislator promises to update unmarried rape law [Poll]

Newly sworn-in State Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez (D, Los Angeles) said he'll introduce legislation to alter an "unfair" loophole in California's rape laws.