Kristen Taketa is an education reporter for The San Diego Union-Tribune, focusing on K-12 schools. She previously covered education for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and worked stints at The Dallas Morning News and Orange County Register. Taketa got her start in journalism by writing and editing at the Daily Bruin student newspaper at UCLA. She was a Center for Health Journalism 2022 National Fellow. Her reporting project, “The Real Cost of Child Care in California,” examines the childcare crisis in the state and explores potential solutions.