Los 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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• 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.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is now on Twitter. Follow us for case updates, news releases and events.— LA District Attorney (@LADAOffice) February 3, 2014