Ryan Fonseca

News, LAist

Ryan Fonseca is a writer and editor for LAist and Southern California Public Radio.

Before joining KPCC, he oversaw digital storytelling for the Los Angeles Daily News.

A lifelong Southern Californian, Ryan earned a B.A. in journalism from Cal State Northridge in 2011 and went on to work in several local newsrooms, including the community papers of the Los Angeles Times, the Santa Clarita Valley Signal and CBS L.A.

Ryan also teaches at his alma mater, training journalism students how to effectively use social media and visual storytelling to enhance their reporting.
Stories by Ryan Fonseca

This Morning's 4.9 Earthquake Near Ridgecrest May Have Jolted You, But It's Completely Normal

This latest temblor is part of a normal pattern of activity following last week's major earthquakes, according to seismologists.

Officials from LA And Neighboring Cities Trade Barbs Over Homeless Issues

Last week, Los Angeles City Councilmembers Mike Bonin and Joe Buscaino accused neighboring cities of enforcing "unconstitutional laws... to push people experiencing homelessness out of a town and across the border into Los Angeles."

USC, UCLA athletic officials among 50 charged in alleged college admissions bribery scheme

Authorities allege that parents paid about $25 million in bribes between 2011 and last month for coaches and administrators to "designate their children as purported recruited athletes," among other actions.

Another powerful atmospheric river is visiting SoCal this week

Parts of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties could get 3 inches of rain in a 48-hour period, while in Los Angeles County, 1 ½ to 2 inches is expected in Malibu, Woodland Hills, Pasadena and Santa Clarita.

An atmospheric river is flowing over SoCal, bringing heavy rain and high winds

The heavy downpour is expected to keep up through the afternoon and rain rates could reach about a half-inch per hour.

Today's storm is bringing thunder, mudslides and evacuations to SoCal

A pair of storm systems could bring more than four inches of rain by the time they pass early next week, according to forecasters.

KPCC hires new CEO to lead audio ‘renaissance’

Media industry veteran Herb Scannell, who once led Nickelodeon and BBC Worldwide, North America, will serve as Southern California Public Radio’s new president and CEO beginning late February.

The Northridge earthquake was 25 years ago today. Here's what it looked like

The quake killed 58 people, injured more than 9,000, displaced 125,000 residents and damaged or destroyed more than 82,000 buildings in Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange and San Bernardino counties.

Heavy rain in SoCal leads to evacuations, school closures

Residents in several Southern California communities, including parts of Malibu and Burbank, are under mandatory evacuation orders Tuesday as a storm system continues to douse the region.

LA is raising speed limits in order to enforce them (AKA write more tickets)

Here are the new speed limits (and an explanation of this confounding situation).

Metro is killing color names on LA's buses and trains

Monikers like the "Blue Line" or the "Red Line" will be replaced with letters instead.

Body scanners are coming to LA Metro stations. Here's what we know about them

Los Angeles Metro's subway system will become the first in the nation to install body scanners that screen passengers for weapons and explosives — without slowing them down at security lines.

Why Bird and Lime turned off their scooters in Santa Monica and urged riders to rally

The two companies took their own fleets offline to protest the possibility they might be shut out of the city's mobility pilot program, putting their future in the city at risk.

LAPD releases video of 'no-win' shootout at Silver Lake Trader Joe's, says police bullet killed woman

"These are no-win situations," the chief told reporters. "This is a heartbreaking reminder of the split-second decisions that officers must make every day."

LA's heat wave left more than 75,000 without power — and broke a record for electricity use

The only thing worse than a heat wave? Your power going out during a heat wave. That's what happened to tens of thousands of people this weekend as the Southland sizzled.