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Victor Merina

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Victor Merina

Senior Fellow
USC Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism.
justice, journalism


Victor Merina is a senior fellow at the USC Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism. Previously, as an investigative reporter at the Los Angeles Times, he was a member of the paper's projects team and was part of a group of reporters named as finalists for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for a series on homicides in Los Angeles County. He also shared in the paper's 1993 Pulitzer for spot news coverage of the 1992 riots. Since leaving The Times, Mr. Merina has written opinion pieces for that paper and for the San Francisco Chronicle. He has led writing workshops at the American Press Institute, the Nieman Narrative Writing Conference, the Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism and the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism in South Africa. Mr. Merina has also been a fellow at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science from UCLA and a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University.

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