KPCC City Hall reporter Alice Walton broke the news on Facebook over the weekend that she has been hired by the Los Angeles Times. "My time with KPCC is coming to an end," she posted. "I'm happy to share that I'll be joining the Los Angeles Times next month!" Walton tells me she will split time between the Times' City Hall bureau and "working to come up with innovative ideas on how the paper can get its news out to readers."
Walton was a City Hall reporter for City News Service then took a couple of years to go through the masters degree program at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. While there, she came up with the idea and branding for a website she called City Maven, and in 2010 she started to cover Los Angeles City Hall as an independent blogger. In 2012 she moved to KPCC to cover local politics, on air and for the station's website.
She has been president of the Society of Professional Journalists chapter in Los Angeles, I think a couple of times.
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