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Jesse Katz

Jesse Katz is a contributing writer at Los Angeles magazine and the author of a memoir, The Opposite Field. A former Los Angeles Times staff writer, he has earned numerous honors over a three-decade career, including two Pulitzer Prizes for spot news reporting (shared with the Times metro staff), the PEN Center USA award for literary journalism, and the James Beard Foundation’s M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award. Jesse has taught literary journalism at the University of California, Irvine, and he has mentored incarcerated teenagers as a volunteer at California Youth Authority.