New ex-journalist PIOs in the District Attorney's office

jackie-lacey-courthouse.jpgLos Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey has revamped her media office with a trio of former journalists. The highlights are that Jane Robison gets a new title — Senior Public Information Officer — and the new hires are Sarah Ardalani (former LAT web producer), Ricardo Santiago (ex-KCBS and KCRW) and Greg Risling (ex-AP.) The newbies report to Shiara Dávila-Morales, the chief of media relations. She and Robison report to Director of Communications Jean Guccione.

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• Sarah Ardalani. Ardalani was a web producer at the Los Angeles Times, where she managed content for the paper’s home page and worked on interactive database projects, including Mapping L.A./Crime L.A. She was the lead reporter for the Homicide Report for four years. Ardalani received her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Southern California and holds a certificate in public relations from the University of California, Los Angeles. Ardalani joined LADA in December 2013.


• Ricardo Santiago. Santiago was a radio journalist in Southern California for nearly 20 years. Most of his career was spent as a bilingual field reporter for MetroSource newswire, where he produced news stories for distribution to local radio stations in both English and Spanish. He also was a producer at KCBS and news anchor at KCRW radio. A second-generation broadcaster, he is the son of Richard Santiago of Spanish-radio station KLVE. Santiago joined LADA in December 2013.

• Greg Risling. Risling worked as a journalist for two decades before joining LADA in February 2014. He was as a writer and editor at The Associated Press in Los Angeles for nearly 14 years, where he primarily covered the justice system. He also was a staff writer with the Los Angeles Times. Risling received a journalism degree from San Diego State University.

In addition, Jane Robison assumes the new title of Senior Public Information Officer. Robison spent more than 20 years as a reporter, editor and editorial writer before joining LADA in 2001. She was lead editorial writer for the Daily News in Los Angeles for five years, writing opinion pieces and a Sunday column. She also was a lecturer in journalism at the University of Southern California. Robison holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Ardalani, Santiago and Risling will report to Shiara Dávila-Morales, Chief of the Media Relations. Dávila- Morales began her career as a staff writer for the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group. She worked in public relations before joining LADA in 2006. She holds a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in public administration from California State University, Los Angeles.

Sandi Gibbons retired from the office last year.

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